Jan Jacobson

Jan was a journalist, photographer, realtor, author, editor, public relations and marketing consultant, and radio show host, whose contributions to the television industry garnered her the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ prestigious Governor’s Award. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Jan moved to Los Angeles in the mid-1970s after graduating from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and began her career as a professional journalist. An author by the age of 23, Jan wrote the Amphoto Guide to Framing & Display and the Professional Guide to Green Plants. She was an editor to two other books and at Big Valley magazine, where she was introduced to the entertainment and television industry, interviewing celebrities and focusing on the motion picture and television industry. She was also active in a number of local professional organizations, including the Valley Press Club (where she was President) and the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), where she also served as President. She left Big Valley to accept the position of Director of Communications for U.S. Administrators (First Health). While at
USA, Jan met her husband Dan and together they moved to Phoenix in the late 1980s. In Phoenix, Jan quickly established herself as a member of the media, starting her own public relations firm, JB Communications, and beginning her involvement with NATAS. Past regional president and national trustee of the organization, she also served on the Academy’s National Public Relations Committee and as an advisor to TV Quarterly magazine. In addition to the Governor’s Award, Jan was the recipient of two Presidential Emmy Awards and was inducted into the Academy’s Silver Circle Society in 2009, an initiative with which she had been involved since its inception in 1993. An internationally published photojournalist, publicist and independent producer, she has served as editor and writer for national, regional and local consumer and trade magazines, newspapers, and newsletters including Adweek, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times and Business Week. She frequently wrote for the Business Journal and Arizona Homes & Lifestyles Magazine. She was also a contributor to the Arizona Republic, Arizona Business Gazette, Foothills Focus, North Central News and many other publications. A board member for six years at the House of Broadcasting Museum in Phoenix, Jan also received a Journalist of the Year Award at the Hollywood Fame Awards in 2008 and was honored in 2009 with a Career Achievement in Journalism Award from the Phoenix Music Awards. She also served as the Public Service Director for Sandusky Radio’s five local stations and as host and producer of the weekly, hour-long public affairs program, Valley Focus. Jan passed away in 2010 at the age of 58.