Jessica Beth Savitch was a popular American TV journalist. She was the first woman anchor to present evening news broadcast in Southern United States during late 1970s. She worked as a weekend anchor for NBC Nightly News and presented daily updates on NBC News. Jessica also hosted a documentary program called ‘PBS's Public Affairs’ on American TV series known as ‘Frontline’ that was aired from January 1983 and was associated with the program until her death in a road accident later that year. Savitch was renowned for her audience appeal and on-camera news reading skills. On the other hand, Savitch also drew criticism for her erratic news presentation on live broadcast of a short NBC News update and for her troubled personal life. She started her first job as a newsreader with a local radio station. Her father was the one who encouraged her to pursue a career in broadcast journalism. With that motivation, she decided to pursue a major in communications. After initial struggles, Jessica rose to fame as a popular news presenter in the early 1980s claiming a compensation equal to that of male anchors and correspondents of those times. Jessica met with a fatal road accident on October 23, 1983.
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, United States
Also Known As
Jessica Beth Savitch
Place Of Death
Florence (née Goldberger)
Donald Payne (m. 1981–1981), Mel Korn (m. 1980–1981)