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The Jacobson Mystique



As someone who grew up elsewhere, I've never fully wrapped my head around the extreme affection so many Bostonians seem to have for outgoing WCVB anchor Natalie Jacobson.

Don't get me wrong: she's obviously a very capable and accomplished newswoman. But something more is at work here; I just don't quite get what it is.

The Globe and Herald's write-ups of Jacobson's retirement don't fully explain the Jacobson Mystique. This Boston magazine profile from a few years back comes closer, but I still feel like I'm missing something.

So, Bostonians: can you help the rest of us understand why so many people love Jacobson so much?

P.S.--Looks like John Gonzalez was on the right track earlier this year, subsequent reports notwithstanding.
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