Dana Jacobson

Dana Jacobson
Dana Jacobson

Dana Jacobson participates in a skydive with the Army Golden Knights at Fort Bragg, NC.
Born November 5, 1971 (1971-11-05) (age 40)
Show ESPN First Take
Station(s) ESPN
Time slot Various
Country United States
Previous show(s) Cold Pizza

Dana Jacobson (born November 5, 1971) is an ESPN anchorwoman. She joined the network 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.


Early life

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, Mich., 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 - 4 p.m. Eastern time, during the 2005 holiday season.
  • Filled in occasionally for Mike Golic on the ESPN Radio show Mike and Mike in the Morning.


At a roast for co-workers Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic in January 2008, an allegedly intoxicated Jacobson reportedly cursed the University of Notre Dame, Jesus, and Touchdown Jesus.[1][2] ESPN and Jacobson both released a statement apologizing for any offense given to those offended by the comments [1]. Jacobson was suspended from ESPN for one week. Upon returning from her suspension, she apologized on air for her behavior and comments. No video or transcript of the roast was ever released.



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