Dana Jacobson participates in a skydive with the Army Golden Knights at Fort Bragg, NC.
November 5, 1971|
|Alma mater||University of Michigan (B.A.)|
|Show||We Need To Talk|
|Station(s)||CBS Sports Network|
|Previous show(s)||ESPN First Take|
Dana Jacobson (born November 5, 1971) is a sports anchorwoman for CBS. She joined the network in 2013 after ten years at ESPN, where she began as an ESPNEWS anchor in December 2002 and soon became a regular anchor on the 6 p.m. edition of SportsCenter. In March 2005, she was named co-host of Cold Pizza, and transitioned with the show as it became ESPN First Take. Jacobson provided sideline reporting for ESPN's coverage of NBA Sunday night games. On Monday, December 26, 2011, Jacobson announced that Friday, December 30, 2011, would be her final day on "First Take." She returned to anchoring SportsCenter shortly thereafter. On March 27, 2012, USA Today announced that Jacobson would leave ESPN when her contract expires at the end of April. Monday, April 30, 2012 was her final day at ESPN when she anchored the 6-8 p.m. ET SportsCenter show. Jacobson joined CBS Sports and the cast of CBS Sports Radio's morning show. "TBD in the AM" in January 2013, co-hosting along with Tiki Barber and Brandon Tierney. On December 5, 2014, Dana tweeted out that she would be leaving "TBD in the AM" to work on CBS Sports Network.
Jacobson was born and raised in Michigan where she attended Andover High School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Subsequently, she attended and graduated from Valley High School in West Des Moines, Iowa, in 1989. Jacobson graduated from the University of Michigan in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and communications.
- Her first television job was in Traverse City, Michigan, at WPBN/WTOM-TV, where she spent two years as a fill-in news anchor and weekend sports anchor, producer, and editor.
- Reported on a number of stories in Northern California, including profiles of one time Sacramento Kings players Mike Bibby, Chris Webber, and Jason Williams.
- Covered a wide range of professional sports including the NFL and NBA as a weekend sports anchor at KXTV-TV, ABC’s Sacramento affiliate station (1998-02).
- Hosted KXTV’s News10 Red Zone
- Served as a sports reporter for KXTV's Monday Night Football show (1996–98).
- Hosted The NBA Insiders, a weekly two-hour radio show for KHTK-AM (2000–02).
- Filled in for Dan Patrick on his radio show broadcast on ESPN Radio weekdays from 1pm - 4pm Eastern time, during the 2005 holiday season.
- Filled in occasionally for Mike Golic on the ESPN Radio show Mike and Mike in the Morning.
- Now works for CBS Sports and CBS Sports Network. She's a regular contributor on the NFL Today, and host on CBS's We Need To Talk.
At a roast for co-workers Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic in January 2008, Jacobson allegedly cursed the University of Notre Dame, Touchdown Jesus, and Jesus. Jacobson and ESPN both released a statement apologizing to those offended by the roast comments. Jacobson was suspended from ESPN for one week. Upon returning, she apologized on-air for her behavior and comments.
- Edward R. Murrow Award (2000)
- National Headliner Award (1998)
- Betts, Kyle (February 22, 2008). "Open your eyes people: ESPN is not the real authority on sports". Daily Illini. Retrieved 2009-04-24.
- Parks, Bob (January 23, 2008). "ESPN: A Classic Do-As-I-Say, Not-As-I-Do". Canada Free Press. Retrieved 2009-04-24.
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