Who is Dana Jacobson?
Dana Jacobson was born on 5 November 1971, in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, USA, and is a news correspondent as well as a television host, best known for her work with the news network, CBS. She is mainly seen as one of the hosts of the program “CBS This Morning Saturday”, but is also present in various sports broadcasts of the network.
The Riches of Dana Jacobson
As of mid-2020, Dana Jacobson’s net worth is estimated to be over $1 million, earned through a successful career as a television personality.
She’s also worked with other major networks during her career, doing broadcasts for various major sports leagues.
Early Life and Education
Dana is of Jewish descent; she grew up in Detroit, where she attended Andover High School in Bloomfield Hills, known for its notable programs in the arts and sports. The school is no longer active, as it merged with Lahser High School to form, Bloomfield Hills High School. She didn’t complete her high school education there, as her family moved to West Des Moines, Iowa, where she attended Valley High School.
After matriculating from high school, she returned to her home state, enrolling at the University of Michigan where she took up a course in English and Communications. The university is the oldest in the state, operating since 1817, and located in Detroit. It is considered one of the top research universities in the US, offering numerous comprehensive programs, while the university also competes in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division 1. Her interest in sports widened during this time, and after she graduated in 1993, she quickly began seeking out work in the media.
Jacobson gained her first job on television as she moved to Traverse City, Michigan to begin working for the station WPBN which shares its facilities with WTOM. The television network serves the largest area, and for two years she worked behind the scenes as a producer and editor. She also had opportunities to appear in front of the camera, mainly working the weekends to anchor sports events and news. She was also the go-to option when it came to filling-in for news anchors when regulars were not available. As a part of her work, she covered various sports teams in North California and did heavy coverage, profiling many players of the National Basketball Association (NBA) team, the Sacramento Kings.
This naturally helped her transition to work more in the area, as after her contract with WPBN, she moved to KXTV, an affiliate of ABC operating in the Sacramento area. Aside from her work with the Kings, she was also the anchor for various games in the National Football League (NFL), the major sports league of American Football, heavily followed in the country. She hosted NFL games on Monday nights, as a part of “Monday Night Football”, a position she held for nearly three years. While working with the station, she also did news work, including hosting the program “News10 Red Zone”.
ESPN and Path to CBS
In 2000, Dana was hired by the radio station KHTK, an AM Station which is also based in Sacramento, California. She continued her contributions to NBA programming in the station, hosting episodes of the show “The NBA Insiders” which discussed the latest in NBA news, events, and other things involving the Kings. As she built her tenure, she was eventually offered a job at a major sports network.
She joined the team of Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN), one of the most recognized sports channels in the world.
She became a part of the radio division, working for ESPN Radio most weekdays in 2005, often filling-in for Dan Patrick, and also occasionally co-hosted the show “Mike and Mike in the Morning”, filling-in for Mike Golic – the sports radio talk program aired for most of the first two decades of the 2000s. They often discuss the biggest sports topics from the previous day, as well as upcoming events.
After her contract with ESPN and ESPN Radio, Jacobson joined the crew of CBS Sports, the sports division of the much larger television and radio network CBS, offering coverage of most major sports leagues and college games. They also hold coverage of the Professional Golf Association Tour (PGA).
Her contract with the company led her to become a regular contributor to the program “NFL Today”, a pre-game program that features news from around the NFL as well as analysis of the games of the day, including interviews with athletes and sports staff. The show was previously in a partnership with the NFL Network – its main sponsor is Amazon Prime.
Aside from “NFL Today”, she also became the host of “We Need to Talk”, which led her to more work with the main CBS news network, as she became a co-host for the program “CBS This Morning Saturday”. She remains a constant presence within the network, and her achievements seen her inducted into the Michigan Jewish Sports Foundation in 2018. She’s also been the recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award, and the National Headliner Award.
Dana is single and hasn’t been very public about any past or present romantic endeavors. She has a pet dog that keeps her company at home. She’s been spending a lot of time at home due to restrictions in place to combat the spread of the coronavirus, though she still reports to the studio regularly. In 2012, she revealed that she had been a victim of sexual abuse as a child, though she didn’t give too many details about it as it was a difficult thing to write about publicly. In recent months, she’s been more involved with cases of police brutality, racial injustice, and the like, especially as to how it has been affecting the professional sports world.