, Salem, MA


January 24, 2014

Longtime Boston TV anchor Chet Curtis dies at 74

BOSTON (AP) — Chet Curtis, the longtime Boston television news anchorman who, along with his former wife, became the most popular and trusted anchor team in the market, has died.

Curtis died Wednesday at Brigham and Women’s Hospital of complications of pancreatic cancer, according to Bob Keating, the assistant news director at New England Cable News, where Curtis had worked since 2001. One of Curtis’ daughters informed the station. He was 74.

“Chet Curtis was much more than an extraordinary journalist. He was a generous mentor and sincere friend to so many here at WCVB,” said Bill Fine, the president and general manger of the station where for decades Curtis and former wife Natalie Jacobson formed a news desk team known as “Chet and Nat” that ruled the Boston market ratings wars.

The couple was so popular with viewers that the birth of their daughter in 1981 led the 6 p.m. newscast.

They received about 5,000 cards from viewers.

Born Chester Kukiewicz, the Amsterdam, N.Y., native started his broadcasting career at age 15 at a local radio station. He worked in television in Washington, D.C., and New York before landing in Boston in 1968.

He covered the biggest stories in the region, including visits to Boston by Queen Elizabeth II, Pope John Paul II and Nelson Mandela. He was also the host of WCVB’s annual Boston Marathon coverage.

He won numerous regional Emmys, and was most proud of the Emmy he earned for a piece he did on his ancestral homeland, called “And Poland Survives.”

He was inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame last year.

A Quincy resident, Curtis had worked at New England Cable News since 2001 as an anchor and more recently the host of a public affairs magazine.

He was still technically a NECN employee, even though he hadn’t appeared on air in months, Keating said.

Curtis was also an accomplished pilot.

Survivors include his three daughters.

Funeral and memorial plans are pending.

Text Only | Photo Reprints

Local News
  • Ipswich selectmen act to stop clam raiders IPSWICH -- The Southwest is not the only border under siege. Ipswich is taking emergency action to deal with clammers coming across the Essex and Gloucester border on Sundays to harvest on the richest clamming beach in Ipswich. It's not as serious, o

    July 22, 2014

  • Scuba diver identified

    The district attorney's office has identified the man who died Tuesday in an apparent drowning while scuba diving approximately 2 miles off of Marblehead Harbor. He is Gregory Cole, 58, of Westfield.

    Foul play is not suspected.  The medical examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.  The facts and circumstances leading up to his death remain under investigation.

    July 23, 2014

  • New Brimbal Avenue design to be presented Thursday

    BEVERLY -- Residents will get their first chance to weigh in on the new design proposal for the Brimbal Avenue/Route 128 interchange on Thursday. City and state officials, along with designer Jacobs Engineering, will host a community meeting Thursday

    July 22, 2014 6 Stories

  • Bail set at $250K for teacher slaying suspect

    July 23, 2014

  • Marblehead diver rescue 2 Body of diver recovered off Marblehead

    State Police divers found the body of a 59-year-old man in the waters off Marblehead at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to state police.

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos 1 Story