IN-PERSON: Natalie Jacobson with Hank Phillippi Ryan

Natalie Jacobson, beloved former anchor on WCVB-TV Boston, joins us to discuss her memoir EVERY LIFE A STORY: NATALIE JACOBSON REPORTING which follows her forty-year career in broadcast television.  EVERY LIFE A STORY takes readers behind the scenes of her extraordinary career, from her immigrant childhood in Chicago to the first woman to anchor the evening news in Boston. Jacobson has been honored over the years with several Emmys and many other accolades. During this event, Jacobson will discuss her memoir with bestselling author and fellow journalist Hank Phillippi Ryan, answer questions, and sign copies. Refreshments will be available for purchase at the event. Register to attend this free event below. 

This event is going to be well attended, face masks will be required. 

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Throughout her forty-year career in broadcast television, including thirty-five as a reporter and anchor on Channel 5 in Boston, Natalie Jacobson told the stories of countless lives. Now she tells her own. Every Life a Story takes readers behind the scenes of the extraordinary career of a woman who rose from an immigrant childhood in Chicago to become the first woman to anchor the evening news in Boston. Natalie was among the most trusted people of greater Boston. Her viewers thought of her as family. Natalie brings readers on an uplifting journey possible only in America. When faced with no girls need apply, she saw a challenge, not an obstacle. Her father had set an example of fortitude, educating himself and rising from cab driver to president of Gillette North America. Generations of viewers recall Natalie and her husband Chet Curtis as "Nat and Chet," beloved co-anchors of NewsCenter5 on WCVB-TV Boston. referred to them as "the de facto first couple of Boston, very likely the city's best-known conveyors of news since Paul Revere." Their lives seemed an open book as trials of sickness, death, pregnancy, birth, parenting, working motherhood, and eventually divorce played out on a very public stage. Ultimately, this book offers a sharp contrast to today's divisive media landscape. Believing EVERY life is a story, Natalie feels, "This book is as much your story as it is mine. We reporters were there to give you information that was accurate, information to help you make informed decisions. We invited you to be part of it and you were. I used to hope when you tuned in to our newscast, you took a deep breath and relaxed, feeling you were among friends. You were home. I hope this book brings you the same comfort."

Natalie Jacobson 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. Following work in public affairs and as a producer at WBZ-TV, Jacobson joined the fledgling Boston station, WCVB-TV, as a reporter in 1972. During her thirty-five years at Channel 5, most notably as co-anchor of their evening news with her husband Chet Curtis, she covered Republican and Democratic conventions from across the country, President Clinton’s inauguration in Washington, and the impeachment proceedings against him in the House and Senate. She also broke the story of an imposter in the annual running of the Boston Marathon. Jacobson 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. A licensed pilot, Natalie resides on Nantucket, Massachusetts. Her memoir, Every Life a Story: Natalie Jacobson Reporting, was published by Peter E. Randall, Publisher in May of 2022.

Hank Phillippi is the USA Today bestselling author of 13 psychological thrillers, winning the genre's most prestigious awards: five Agathas, four Anthonys, and the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award. She is also the investigative reporter for Boston's WHDH-TV, winning 37 EMMYs. Book reviewers call her “a master of suspense.” Her newest is Her Perfect Life, a chilling psychological standalone about fame, family, and revenge. It received starred reviews from both Kirkus and Publishers Weekly, calling it “a superlative thriller.” It’s now nominated for the Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel. Her next is The House Guest, coming February 2023.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 - 7:00pm
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ISBN: 9781942155454
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Published: Peter E. Randall Publisher - May 24th, 2022

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