Who is Dana Jacobson?
An award-winning journalist and news anchor, Dana Jacobson, is probably known best for her work on the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN), where she worked as an anchor and reporter for a decade. She currently hosts “CBS Saturday Morning” and co-hosts “CBS This Morning” on the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS).
Let us introduce you to this radio and television personality so you can learn more about her career and how she transitioned from ESPN to CBS, as well as interesting facts about her personal life.
Early life, family, and education
Born under the zodiac sign of Scorpio on 5 November 1971, Dana Jacobson is today aged 51 (as of March 2023). She hails from Detroit, Michigan USA, holds American nationality, and comes from a Jewish family. Nothing is known about her parents and her siblings, if she has any.
Dana was into sports from an early age, enjoying both playing and watching, and was a competitive swimmer, but she had no intentions to become a sports journalist.
Dana dreamed of an acting career. She wanted to be a famous actress, however, as she said, after her first audition, she realized that she’s a horrible actress. Dana also had an interest in writing and interviewing, and being naturally inquisitive, she set her sight on radio and television.
Speaking of her educational background, Dana attended Andover High School in Michigan, and then transferred to Valley High School in Iowa. Upon matriculating in 1989, she enrolled at the University of Michigan from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English and Communications in 1993; Dana was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority.
Soon after her graduation, Dana landed her first television job as a fill-in news anchor at WPBN/WTOM-TV, in Traverse City, Michigan, where she spent two years. Although she was an intern, when a news director offered her a position covering “Big 10 Sports”, she accepted. During in her future career.
From 1996 to 1998, she served as a reporter for KXTV’s program “Monday Night Football”, an affiliate of the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) in Sacramento, California. While at KXTV, Dana became the weekend sports anchor, and received a National Headliner Award in 1998. Dana also worked as a radio show host for the Sacramento Kings, a National Basketball Association (NBA) team, d in 2000 won the Edward R. Murrow Award for her coverage. Dana reported on a number of stories about the Sacramento Kings, including profiles of players such as Chris Webber, Mike Bibby and Jason Williams.
— Dana Jacobson (@danajacobson) May 19, 2019
Dana stated that as a woman in sports, she had to earn the respect of her male colleagues because there were so few female reporters and anchors. Whether she was covering news or sports, Dana said that telling each person’s story in an emotional and moving way made a difference, and has stayed with her.
Dana began working for ESPN in December 2002, and at first served as a news anchor on “SportsCenter”. In 2005, she was named co-host of ESPN2’s morning show “Cold Pizza”, alongside Jay Crawford. In May 2007, the show moved from New York to Bristol, Connecticut studio, and was re-named “First Take”.
She was occasionally a fill-in anchor for the ESPN Radio show “Mike and Mike in the Morning”, hosted by Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg.
In January 2008, at a private roast for associates Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, Dana cursed the University of Notre Dame’s Touchdown Jesus. Dana and ESPN issued an apology to those who were offended by the roasting comments, and ESPN suspended Dana for one week, and upon her return, she apologized on air for her behavior and comments.
Former Jones College QB Stetson "The Mailman" Bennett IV talks with CBS' Dana Jacobson ahead of last Saturday's win over Tennessee. His journey to becoming the starting QB at Georgia is surreal. From walk-on at UGA, to Jones, back to UGA on scholarship, to 4th string to starter. WOW!
Posted by Jones College Athletics on Monday, October 12, 2020
In 2012, Dana accepted the offer from CBS, and began serving as a co-host of the radio show “TBD in the AM”, then three years later, she joined CBS News as an anchor and reporter. In 2018, Dana and her fellow correspondent, Michelle Miller, were named the new hosts of “CBS This Morning”.
In October 2018, Dana was honored by the Michigan Jewish Sports Foundation as a Hall of Fame inductee.
Currently, Dana works for CBS Sports and CBS Sports Network as a substitute anchor, and is the host of the show “We Need to Talk”, and a co-host of “CBS Saturday Morning”.
Love life, husband, and divorce
On 18 October 2018, in the edition of “CBS Morning”, host Gayle King announced that Dana had become engaged – her long-term boyfriend Sean David Grande proposed to her, and she shared the news with her co-workers.
Her then-fiancée and future husband, Sean is the Boston Celtics play-by-play announcer, television and radio sportscaster, and a native of New York City, who graduated from Boston University in 1993. Sean was previously married, and has a son named Jack was born in 2011. Dana has never been married before.
Dana and Sean met back in 2010 during her time at ESPN, when he was a guest on her show “First Take”. They met again in 2014 and went out for a lunch, which according to Dana changed her life forever.
The two married on 28 September 2019. Although there have been some rumors saying that Dana and Sean divorced, this is false. Recently, on Valentine’s Day 2023, Dana posted a photo from her wedding featuring herself, Sea, and his son Jack, and in the description wrote: ‘My Valentines’ with a heart emoji. She often posts photos featuring the three of them, and they seem like a happy family, at least judging by their smiles.
How rich is Dana Jacobs? Salary
According to sources, CBS anchors earn around $75,000 per year. Many people believe that this is an average salary and that Dana is paid between $80,000 and $100,000 because she also hosts popular shows. Dana’s net worth is estimated to be over $500,000 as of March 2023, with the majority of her income coming from her work as a sports and news anchor.