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January 23, 2014

Longtime Boston TV anchor Chet Curtis dies

BOSTON (AP) — Longtime Boston television news anchorman Chet Curtis, half of the beloved "Chet and Nat" married anchor team at WCVB-TV, 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. Curtis was 74.

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 and his former wife, Natalie Jacobson, were the most recognizable and trusted names in the Boston television market for decades. They covered the biggest stories, including visits by Queen Elizabeth II and Nelson Mandela.

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