anchor, NewsCenter 5
Natalie Jacobson was an anchor and reporter for WCVB-TV's award-winning *NewsCenter 5* from 1972 until July 18, 2007. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Hampshire. Jacobson joined WCVB in 1972 as a reporter and became the anchor for its Midday newscast that same year. She became the first woman to anchor an evening newscast in Boston. Jacobson has been honored over the years by dozens of Boston-area charitable institutions for her untiring efforts on behalf of those less fortunate. In addition, she is involved in numerous community organizations. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Genesis Fund and on the Board of the Scleroderma Research Fund. She is actively involved with the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Salvation Army. In 1992, she was honored by the National Conference of Christians and Jews as the recipient of the Institute of Human Relations Community Service Award. In 2007, Jacobson was honored with the Centennial Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in journalism by Suffolk University. She is only the second journalist to receive the honor. The New England Regional Chapter of the Radio and Television News Directors Association recognized Jacobson with its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.