Close to Home: Human Trafficking, the Survivor Story receives 2019 Mid-Atlantic Regional Emmy®

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Featured Image: Steve Whitcombe, Lead Videographer, Laura Bennett, Associate Producer, Teri Haddad, EdD, Executive Producer, and Lisa Robinson, Editor.


The documentary exposes the tragic problem in our region while giving voice to recovering survivors.

Lehigh Valley, PA – September 28, 2019, eMediaWorks received a regional Emmy® from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) – Mid-Atlantic Chapter in the Public Affairs program category for its program Close to Home: Human Trafficking, The Survivor Story.

“The program tackles the difficult subject of human trafficking serious problem in the Greater Lehigh Valley region. Teri Haddad, Executive Producer stated, “eMediaWorks is honored to receive a regional Emmy® for Close to Home: Human Trafficking, the Survivor Story. Our goal was to enlighten the community and to give an active voice to recovering survivors.”  The 2019 Mid-Atlantic Regional Emmy® Award was presented to Teri Haddad, EdD, Executive Producer, Matthew Lewis, Producer/Editor, Laura Bennett, Associate Producer, Lisa Robinson, Editor, Steve Whitcombe, Lead Videographer, Steve Kauffman, Aerial Videographer, and Stefan Fulton, Production Assistant. The programs can be viewed at:


Produced by eMediaWorks and Co-Produced with Lehigh Valley Health Network and WLVT PBS39, Close To Home: Human Trafficking tackles the subject of human trafficking. Laura Bennett, Associate Producer noted that “Most people think that sex trafficking is something that happens in big cities or foreign countries. This documentary brings to light the fact that this horrifying crime happens right here in the Lehigh Valley. I hope the stories of the women featured in the film raise awareness and inspire our community to act against this atrocity.”


Close to Home: an original 5-part series on health and wellness issues facing the Greater Lehigh Valley explores themes of Journey, Fear, Faith, Hope and Help. The series has tackled Street Medicine (2018 Mid-Atlantic Regional Emmy® Winner), Cancer Survivorship, Depression, and Changed by War PTSD in Vietnam Veterans. The series is sponsored by Lehigh Valley Health Network, Air Products and Capital Blue Cross.

This is the fifth program nominated in the 5-part series. Teri Haddad, Executive Producer added, “Our hope is that the Close to Home series brings heightened awareness to issues in our community and encourages people to take positive action and I am honored to be able to tell the stories.”

The programs can be viewed at:

About eMediaWorks

eMediaWorks is an award-winning educational media company providing consulting services for clients seeking high impact programming. The team’s knowledge and expertise is communicating complex content in engaging and meaningful ways. eMediaWorks is the recipient of 11 Mid-Atlantic Regional Emmy® Awards and 27 Mid-Atlantic Regional Emmy® nominations.


The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Mid-Atlantic Chapter, annually recognizes outstanding achievements in television and related fields by presenting Emmy® Awards in the Chapter’s designated region. All Emmy® entries are judged outside the region by panels of peer professionals working in comparable television markets across the country. To learn more,


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