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Inside California Education featured teachers, administrators, students, parents, and others making a positive difference in California's public schools. Eight of the episodes highlighted the K-12 school system, including stories about how the schools in the fire-ravaged town of Paradise are recovering from that disaster; how students discover aeronautic opportunities at the Aerospace Museum of California near Sacramento; and, how police in Modesto are making connections with young students by running 10k races with them. Three episodes also featured inspiring stories from our community colleges, including a unique "Farm of the Future" facility at West Hills College in Fresno County; how Transfer Admission Guarantees are ensuring that community college students in Sacramento and elsewhere can switch to UC or Cal State universities; and a firefighter training program at a Lake Tahoe community college.
Budget
$100,000
Program Successes

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KVIE's documentary series ViewFinder continued taking viewers on new in-depth journeys across a wide range of local and regional topics. KVIE's Focus on Health initiative enabled citizens to learn about advances in medicine and health. Sleep Deprived explored the many ways sleep disorders affect our health and wellbeing, and discovered the latest increasing fall risks facing seniors, and new research and initiatives designed to help prevent falls as well as recover from such accidents.

Other original health documentaries included Forever Young, profiling the efforts undertaken by baby boomers to remain healthy, fit, and engaged; Beyond the Ice Bucket Challenge, a look at how that nationwide fundraising effort helped ALS research; and Sleep Deprived, exploring sleep disorders and the latest treatments. My Vietnam Story provided local perspectives alongside the remarkable Ken Burns PBS national series on the Vietnam War, with more than a dozen compelling stories shared by veterans, refugees, and others who experienced that difficult chapter in American history.

Other ViewFinder programs included one that captured rarely-seen waterfalls in Yosemite Valley following an unusually wet winter; a compelling look at the early days of California agriculture, and a second program about the origins of the state's strawberry industry; a harrowing chronology of the first 24 hours of the massive wine country conflagration, and a third program focusing on the heroic efforts to save Jack London State Park.

Local history programs included another look at multi-generational ranching families in Nevada County; a profile of two 19th century African-American opera singers from Sacramento who achieved worldwide renown; Speak My Name and I Shall Live Again, the story of a Sacramento woman's search for her ancestry at a nearly-forgotten African-American cemetery in Texas; The Ito Sisters and Mr. Tanimoto's Journey, two programs on the experiences of Japanese-Americans in California, including inside WWII internment camps; Walking Into the Unknown, examining the role of women in the settlement Punjabi Sikhs in California; and Halfway Home, a fascinating look at diverse artistic expressions by various ethnic communities across the Central Valley.
Budget
$100,000
Program Successes
Viewfinder programs and segments were nominated and awarded for Northern California Emmy awards in various categories:
- Beyond the Ice Bucket Challenge received an Emmy in the Public/Current/Community Affairs Program/Special category.
- A My Vietnam Story segment on a war refugee in the Historic/Cultural/Feature category.
- Before the Fall was nominated in the Health/Science/Environment category.
- The Boomer's Guide to Growing Older was nominated in the Informational/Instructional Program category.
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Yes! We're Open profiles some of our region's most colorful entrepreneurs, sharing their secrets of success as they launched a wide array of enterprises. In 2018, viewers saw a husband-and-wife team creating a successful brewpub on a goat farm; a woman who revived an historic wool mill; two brothers who went beyond their existing careers as firefighter and police officer to start a BBQ sauce business; a Sacramento woman who started one of the first running-shoe chains in America; a Sacramento man who started a greeting card business catering to African-American customers; a visit to Lodi, where the A&W Root Beer chain began 100 years ago; and a Stockton artisan furniture maker who moved his business from the bay area to Stockton.
Budget
$100,000
Program Successes
- Yes! We're Open received a northern California Emmy award in the Informational/Instructional Program/Special category.
Description
Rob on the Road, our weekly series hosted by Rob Stewart, offered viewers new full half-hours which took viewers to amazing destinations and to meet some extraordinary people. Several episodes subtitled Region Rising focused on people making a difference in our region through their tireless charitable efforts. Two episodes of The Journey with Rob Stewart provided in-depth and revealing interviews with Sacramento Rivercats owner Susan Savage and U.S. Congresswoman Doris Matsui.

Other recent highlights included an in-depth look at Safari West, the remarkable wildlife refuge that narrowly escaped the devastating wine country fires; a look at the fully renovated and modernized Sacramento Valley Amtrak station; the first ADA-approved hiking trail in the U.S. near Nevada City; an untouched and historic Gold Rush-era Chinese store; a look back at a Stockton wooden boat manufacturer whose creations are displayed at the Haggin Museum; a journey to famous Apple Hill in El Dorado county with its abundance of farms and pie stands; a persimmon farm still operated by a 102-year old internment camp survivor; and a nature center dedicated to educating young people about animals and the environment.

We also met some local heroes who are making a difference in our community, including a woman who brought Street Soccer to Sacramento to help the homeless community; a blind quilter whose creations bring comfort to wounded veterans and others; and a children's therapy center in Woodland having a remarkable impact on families of disabled kids.
Budget
$150,000
Program Successes
- Rob on the Road received a northern California Emmy award in the Interview/Discussion-Feature/Segment.
Description
Studio Sacramento provides a weekly focus on topics, issues and people of local interest to viewers in our region. Episodes provided insight into education, government and politics, business, economics, arts, entertainment, health, science, and social issues.

Some of the topics included: West Sacramento's Homerun program; generations in the workplace; pain management and the opioid crisis, Girl Scouts of Central California inspiring tomorrow's female leaders; The Red Cross and the Camp Fire; Civil Rights; Nonprofit Innovation; The Sacramento Bee's "Destined to Burn" project; Inclusive Economic Development; Measure U Spending; 30 years of the Sacramento News and Review; Robotic Surgery.

Some of the people interviewed included: Jesse Merz who shared his family's story of escaping the Paradise Camp Fire; West Sacramento Mayor Chris Cabaldon; author Jessica Kriegel; columnist Marcos Breton; Sacramento Metro Chamber's first full-time female CEO - Amanda Blackwood; Vice Chancellor of Human Health Sciences and CEO of UC Davis Health - Dr. David Lubarsky.
Budget
$100,000
Program Successes
- 'Studio Sacramento' received a Northern California Emmy award in the "Interview/Discussion-Program/Special" category for a segment on human trafficking.
Description
KVIE Arts Showcase features emerging artists and art trends both in the Northern California region and throughout the U.S.. As always, KVIE blends its own extensive array of local arts segments with content from other PBS stations in the top 20 television markets, allowing our own stories to be seen in many other cities across the U.S..

Recent highlights included a story on how the Sacramento County Sheriff's department is using art as a bridge to build a stronger community; how a local dance company in Yuba City uses "bhangra" (a Punjabi dance) and pop to expand traditional dance; Lilly Vigil, whose passion for retaining her Native American heritage led her to open a Nevada City art gallery featuring native works; Ruth Rippon, a local ceramics artist whose work has elevated the craft; and a feature on Gerry Simpson, whose skill in acting, singing, modeling, fashion design and more is helping kids discover their own creative gifts.
Budget
$50,000
Program Successes
- 'KVIE Arts Showcase' received a Northern California Emmy nomination in the "Arts/Entertainment-Feature/Segment" category for a segment on artist Al Farrow.