Jessica Savitch

Born Feb 1, 1947

Jessica Beth Savitch was an American television broadcaster and news reporter, host of PBS' Frontline and New York weekend anchor of NBC Nightly News during the short-lived Roger Mudd/Tom Brokaw era.

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1947 Birth Savitch was born February 1, 1947, in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, about 35 miles west of Philadelphia. … Read More


1968 21 Years Old …  She graduated from Ithaca College in 1968.
1969 22 Years Old In 1969, Savitch was hired as an administrative assistant at WCBS, the CBS Radio flagship news station in New York City, where she also did freelance production work. … Read More
1972 25 Years Old In 1972, she joined KYW-TV, the former NBC affiliate (now CBS) in Philadelphia, as a general assignment reporter and weekend anchor under a five-year contract. … Read More
1976 29 Years Old …  In 1976, Savitch came to the attention of NBC executives while reporting from a Presidential campaign debate between President Gerald Ford and Democratic nominee Jimmy Carter held in Philadelphia at the Walnut Street Theatre. … Read More


Impressed with her performance, NBC offered her a three-year contract starting in September 1977 as a Washington, D.C. correspondent and anchor.
1979 32 Years Old By 1979 she was demoted from the Senate assignment due to poor performance (see NBC reporter).
Thereafter, although she was a general assignment reporter and helped to cover the 1980 Republican and Democratic national conventions, she was primarily known as an anchor. … Read More
1981 34 Years Old 1 More Event
She also contributed commentary to NBC Radio Network and worked on a 1981 espionage documentary called The Spies Among Us. … Read More
Despite her competence and success as an anchor, Savitch was criticized for her relative lack of competence as a reporter, and faced troubles in her personal life. By 1983, Savitch was anxious about her job and showing signs of emotional instability, and NBC was beginning to shift its focus to other anchors, particularly the newly hired Connie Chung.
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