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Jay: A Rockefeller's Journey - TV Premiere at 9 p.m.

Image courtesy the Rockefeller Family

Jay: A Rockefeller’s Journey is a new television documentary from West Virginia Public Broadcasting. The film traces the 50-year public service career of John D. Rockefeller IV, while capturing much of the political history of West Virginia, his adopted home. 

It premieres tonight, June 22 at 9 p.m. on West Virginia Public Broadcasting Television. 

The program explores why an heir to one of the nation’s largest family fortunes would come to one of the poorest states in the nation - and stay. 

The retired United States Senator discusses in many instances for the first time, the once-notorious reputation of the Rockefeller name, his motivations, inspirations, and successes. He shares his insecurities, failures and lessons-learned from his arrival as a poverty worker to his chairmanship of some of the most influential committees in the U. S. Senate. 

Produced by award-winning Senior Producers Suzanne Higgins and Russ Barbour, the program includes in-depth conversations with the Senator, his wife Sharon Percy Rockefeller, legislative colleagues, constituents, staff members, historians, and journalists. The program threads archival news footage from the West Virginia State Archives and Marshall University’s Special Collections, with material from the Rockefeller Archive Center, donated photographs, film, and West Virginia Public Broadcasting video.

Senator Rockefeller with coal miners
Credit Images courtesy the Rockefeller Family
Senator Rockefeller with coal miners

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