Empire KVCR’s “Uncovered in the Archives” wins Society of American Archivist award

Brad Pomerance and CJ Eastman bring home the J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award

SBCCD Colleges
3 min readJun 17, 2020

Brad Pomerance, the host and co-executive producer of EMPIRE | KVCR-TV’s Uncovered in the Archives, and co-executive producer CJ Eastman, are the 2020 recipients of the J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award given by the Society of American Archivists (SAA).

The award honors individuals, institutions, or organizations that promote greater public awareness, appreciation, or support of archival activities or programs.

Each week, viewers throughout Inland Southern California watch Uncovered in the Archives, a thirty-minute public television program on PBS affiliate station, EMPIRE | KVCR TV Channel 24. Brad Pomerance travels to archival repositories to describe some of the region’s most extraordinary historical events. He features archival experts and treasures, and shoots footage behind the scenes in special collections, allowing the public to learn more about the archival profession.

“Uncovered in the Archives” host Brad Pomerance looks at artifacts at the historic Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside, California.

In every episode, the archives are a character in the program. The audience is made aware of the pivotal role that archivists play in maintaining our collective history. Given the success of the show’s first season, plans have been laid for the program’s second season, including potential expansion to other Public Broadcasting Service affiliates throughout California and beyond.

In a press statement, the Society of American Archivists says, “‘Uncovered in the Archives’ is and will continue to shine a bright light on how archives and archivists fortify the history of our communities, our cities, our states, and our nation.”

Brad Pomerance and CJ Eastman speak to community members at the premiere of “Uncovered in the Archives” at the EMPIRE | KVCR studio in San Bernardino, California. (Pablo Treto/SBCCD)

Pomerance describes the documentary series as an opportunity to “unravel some of the region’s most extraordinary historical events — known and unknown, remembered and forgotten — all told through the hidden treasures that we uncover in the archives.”

Established in 1989, the award is named for the noted American historian J. Franklin Jameson.

EMPIRE | KVCR is a public service of the San Bernardino Community College District, home of Crafton Hills College and San Bernardino Valley College.

Watch Season 1 of “Uncovered in the Archives” online:

Episode 1: “The Colored Citizen”

Episode 2: “Henry Chapman Ford Paintings”

Episode 3: “Coachella Valley, an Oasis in the Desert”

Episode 4: “Valley of the Mastodons”

Episode 5: “The Silver Rush of Calico”

Episode 6: “Palm Springs Aerial Tramway”

Episode 7: “Wheelchair Basketball”

Episode 8: “Riverside’s Chinatowns”

Episode 9: “Headin’ For Hesperia”

Episode 10: “Benedict Castle”

Episode 11: “Henry Jekel Homes”

Episode 12: “Lyra George”


San Bernardino Community College District serves 27,000 students through Crafton Hills College and San Bernardino Valley College. For nearly 100 years, our colleges have provided access to affordable higher education and career training programs for the residents of Big Bear Lake, Bloomington, Calimesa, Colton, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Highland, Lake Arrowhead, Loma Linda, Redlands, Rialto, San Bernardino and Yucaipa. We educate the health care professionals that serve our medical needs, veterans who have served our country, police and firefighters who keep us safe, and skilled workers who fuel our economy. Beyond our campuses, we inform and inspire learners of all ages through EMPIRE | KVCR, the PBS and NPR affiliate station for the Inland Empire on TV channel 24 and 91.9 FM. www.sbccd.edu

Board of Trustees

Dr. Anne L. Viricel, Chair

Dr. Stephanie Houston, Vice Chair

Gloria Macias Harrison, Clerk

John Longville, Member

Frank Reyes, Member

Dr. Donald L. Singer, Member

Joseph Williams, Member

Alex Ramos Huaman, Student Trustee

Adrian Rios, Student Trustee

Interim Chancellor

Jose F. Torres


Dr. Kevin Horan, Crafton Hills College

Diana Z. Rodriguez, San Bernardino Valley College



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