Sports enthusiasts would perhaps be familiar with the CBS sideline reporter Dana Jacobson. The beautiful journalist was certain of her career path from an early age and diligently worked towards it. After several stints with other media outlets over the years, Dana became renowned as the anchor for several of CBS network’s news and sports programs. Find out amazing facts you never knew about the CBS morning show co-host and former ESPN anchor.
Dana Jacobson’s Age and Early Life
Dana Jacobson is a Michigan native born on November 5, 1971. There is no information available regarding her parent’s and siblings’ identities, but it is popular knowledge that she was born into a Jewish family. Jacobson’s academic record shows she was mostly raised in her hometown where she first attended Andover High School, Bloomfield before transferring to Valley High School in West Des Moines, Iowa. While growing up, Dana always had an interest in broadcasting/journalism and diligently worked towards that goal by studying English and Communications at the University of Michigan.
Shortly after graduation, Jacobson landed her first job as a media personality. She served as a support news anchor, producer, editor and sports anchor with Traverse City. Her next job was with KXTV, serving in a similar capacity as a weekend sports anchor and its News10 Red Zone host. For four years (between 1998 to 2002) Dana covered a wide range of professional sports and top stories with KXTV.
Dana Jacobson had a two-year stint (2000-2002) on the radio, working as The NBA Insiders host for KHTK-AM. She had another radio gig in 2005 on ESPN radio. Jacobson’s next job was as a morning host at CBS Sports Radio. During that period, she was also working with the TV side part-time, supplemented by a boxing gig at Spike TV. She had a major breakthrough in 2015 after successfully making her first story with CBS News and since then, her career has regained momentum.
Having built a prolific broadcasting career in sports, notably at ESPN and currently at CBS, Jacobson once admitted that she doubts she’ll ever leave sports completely. According to her, the thought itself is scary enough adding that it would be hard to give it all up.
How Dana Jacobson Met and Married Her Husband – Sean Grande
While there is information readily available about Dana Jacobson’s professional life, the same can’t be said of her personal life. In her early career days, the sports journalist was known to keep details of her love life private. But being a public figure, many have been curious to find out who the man in her life is but Dana chose not to disclose any information to the public.
A few years ago, news emerged that Jacobson was in a relationship with another public figure, but the rumours eventually turned out to be false. Despite the uncertainty about Dana Jacobson’s love life, we do know that she has never been married and does not have any kids yet until proven otherwise.
However, in October 2018, fans of the sports journalist were thrilled when reports emerged that Dana Jacobson had found her soulmate in Boston Celtics announcer Sean Grande. Jacobson further confirmed the news of their engagement on air during an edition of CBS This Morning, describing the proposal as ‘perfect’ and ‘magical’. She also shared the news with her Instagram fans. After posting a picture of her ring, an elated Dana described herself as ‘very lucky’ to have found a ‘best friend’ and ‘biggest champion’ in her fiancé.
Their love journey has been an interesting one and according to the sports journalist, it was one lunch that forever changed her life for the better. The couple first met around 2010, when Jacobson was still the host of the ESPN talk show First Take. Dana and Sean took their time to know each other and eventually started dating. After about two and a half years together, Sean was convinced that Dana was the woman he wanted to spend the rest of his life with and then he popped the big question and in 2019, they got married.
Other Interesting Facts about the Journalist
1. While it is uncertain if Dana Jacobson has other siblings, we do know that she has a brother who lives and works in Afghanistan.
2. Jacobson had a rough childhood as revealed in an interview that she was sexually abused twice as a child by her family’s babysitter.
3. Dana Jacobson’s career efforts have earned her some prestigious industry recognition. Notable among them are the 1998 National Headliner Award and the year 2000 Edward R. Murrow Award.
4. Jacobson is a sports enthusiast whose dedication has brought her financial rewards. Though her exact salary figure is unknown, Dana has a net worth estimated at about $600 thousand.
5. Dana Jacobson stands tall at a height of 5 feet 11 inches, complemented by her weight of 59 kg. Her body measurements are bust – 33 inches, waist – 24 inches and hips – 35 inches.
6. Dana Jacobson is not only seen in traditional media but also on social media. She has to her credit, a huge fanbase across all popular platforms such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.