Jay: A Rockefeller's Journey

Coming in early 2015

This two-hour program will document the half-century career of John D. Rockefeller, IV in his chosen home of West Virginia. Why would an heir to one of the nation’s largest family fortunes, familiar and comfortable in the most elite circles, come to one of the poorest states in the nation...and stay?

What influenced him and who inspired him along his journey to becoming one of the state’s most influential leaders of the last 50 years?

The profile will explore Rockefeller’s successes and disappointments, his motivation, character, and focus from his arrival as a poverty worker to his chairmanship of some of the most influential committees in the United States Senate.

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Senator Rockefeller at Washington DC Press Conference
Credit Senator Jay Rockefeller, D-WV

Produced by award-winning senior producers Suzanne Higgins and Russ Barbour, the program will include in-depth conversations with the senator, historians, journalists, legislative colleagues, friends, constituents and staff members.

Jay: A Rockefeller's Journey will thread 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. 

In March the Senator welcomed the West Virginia PBS crew into his Charleston home for an in-depth discussion covering his family lineage, his school years, what led him to West Virginia, and his decades in public office.

Sen. Rockefeller and Producer Russ Barbour look at an article the Senator wrote that appeared in Life Magazine June 20, 1960.
Credit Chuck Frostick

Sen. Rockefeller
Producer Suzanne Higgins interviews Sen. Jay Rockefeller for upcoming documentary, as Chuck Frostick records audio.
Credit Chip Hitchcock