Natalie Jacobson

Natalie Jacobson, born Natalie Salatich, was the first in her family to go to college. She earned a BA degree in English Literature from the University of New Hampshire in 1965 and lived the next two years in Bangkok, Thailand. Returning to a war-torn US, she entered the world of broadcast journalism working at two Boston stations on license renewal, interviewing hundreds of people to “ascertain the needs of the community.” It was an unusual beginning which connected her with her viewers. Following work as a producer, Natalie joined the fledgling Boston station, WCVB-TV, as a reporter in 1972. During her thirty years at Channel 5, most notably as co-anchor of their evening news, she enjoyed a unique relationship with the people of New England. She was honored over the years with several Emmys for her reporting and in 2007 received the Governor’s Award, the highest award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS); the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Radio and Television News Directors Association (RTNDA); another from Suffolk University; the Yankee Quill Award from the Academy of New England Journalists; and the Sisterhood Award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews. Natalie is a licensed pilot and enjoys golf, cooking, boating, and gardening. Most of all, she enjoys being a grandmother to Olivia and James. She resides on Nantucket, Massachusetts.