Former Boston News Anchor Natalie Jacobson Tells Her Story
Do you ever wonder what happened to a very public person who fades from public view? What are they doing now? Are they even still alive? One such person I have thought about from time to time was a regular in my living room for years.
Natalie Jacobson and her late husband Chet Curtis were the husband and wife team who anchored the evening news at Boston's WCVB Channel 5 from 1972 until 2001 when Curtis joined New England Cable News Network (NECN).
I remember being a cub reporter when Natalie gave birth to the couple's only child, Lindsey, in the early 1980s. Lindsey's birth rang "five bells" on the old Associated Press teletype machine in the newsroom where I worked.
Chet and Nat announced they were divorcing in 1999. The split sent shockwaves throughout the industry and homes all across Massachusetts. Curtis and Jacobson would continue to anchor the news together until Curtis moved to NECN. He died of cancer in 2014 at age 74.
Fifteen years ago this month in 2007, Natalie Jacobson announced her retirement after 35 years in the news business. A pilot, Jacobson retired mostly to Nantucket but kept busy with side projects.
Jacobson rose to prominence when I was breaking into the news business. She was a role model to me. She was calm under pressure, always professional, and fair in reporting the day's events.
Jacobson has written her autobiography titled Every Life a Story: Natalie Jacobson Reporting. While it may never be a national bestseller, it will appeal to many in Massachusetts who welcomed Natalie into their homes for so many years and have wondered what she has been up to since fading from public view. I am among those who look forward to finding out.