KOBI TV/NBC5 and ACCESS Win Northwest Emmy for SO Close to Homeless

Medford, June 11, 2018:  The National Academy of Televisions Arts and Sciences Northwest Chapter presented KOBI TV/NBC5 the Governors Emmy Award for its 24-week series, SO Close to Homeless. The Governors Award is presented to a television station that shows a strong commitment to its designated market area beyond delivering the news. Representing the project at the 55th Annual Norwest Regional ceremony in Seattle on June 9 were Vice President/General Manager of KOBI TV/NBC5 Bob Wise and KOBIT TV/NBC5 Anchor and Reporter Natalie Weber. From ACCESS at the event was Executive Officer Pamela Norr.

Photo to right includes left to right Finance Manager Jesse Case, Executive Officer Pamela Norr, Support Services Director James Raison, Housing Director Joe Vollmar, Operations Director Carlea Langston, Nutrition Director Philip Yates, former Support Services Director David Mulig

KOBI President/General Manager Bob Wise with 
Anchor and Reporter Natalie Weber

The SO Close to Homeless series was produced by KOBI TV in conjunction with ACCESS.  The goal of the on-air and web campaign was to educate and inform people in our community about support programs that help those individuals who are experiencing homelessness and/or poverty. The on-line component of the project received 7 million hits.  

Wise commented on the award saying, “The effort Natalie Weber and our entire organization put into this series was extraordinary.  Truly a collaborative undertaking. We could not be more proud of the Award, but more importantly the impact of local broadcasting informing our viewers of the issues surrounding us.”

​Norr commented on the Emmy Award saying, “This award would not have been possible without ACCESS’ amazing partnership of KOBI NBC5, 5:00 Marketing and 25 other agencies. Those organizations and the community members, our neighbors, featured in the stories, are the true ‘stars’ of this series and are the reason for this prestigious award. All deserve a standing ovation! It is an honor to collaborate building community.”

On any given night in Jackson County, at least 732 people including children are homeless. To learn more and to view the entire Emmy-winning SO Close to Homeless series, visit

Photos submitted.


ACCESS provides food, housing, warmth and other essential services to Jackson County's low income children, families, seniors and people with disabilities.
As the Community Action Agency of Jackson County, Oregon, ACCESS has been helping Jackson County residents break the cycle of poverty since 1976. With a focus on education, ACCESS helps people through economic crisis by guiding them through changes in habits to help them become self-sustaining. ACCESS currently serves local residents through 15 programs designed to address problems from one-time emergencies to longer-term issues.

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