Meet Jackie Bruno, anchor of “The Ten” on NECN and NBC10 Boston.
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We asked Jackie to share a bit about herself. Get to know her here!
Full name: Jackie Bruno
Occupation: Anchor at NECN and NBC10 Boston. I anchor “The Ten,” which is a 10 p.m. newscast on NECN where we go in depth on a single topic for ten minutes every night. I also fill in as anchor on NBC10 Boston!
Children: Jack Bear, 6, and James, 2
Hometown: Assonet, MA
Tell us a bit about your work/job: I absolutely love my job. I always wanted to be a broadcast journalist in my home state, and I’m so proud I’ve worked here my whole career. On any given day, I’m helping to sculpt our news coverage — from picking out topics for our show, to setting up and conducting interviews (virtual interviews lately), to helping write and ultimately anchoring the show at night. It’s a busy day, but I love the challenge. I also fill in a lot on NBC10 Boston as an anchor, so on those days I’m jumping in wherever they need me. I’m also reading a lot of news outside of work and watching coverage to stay on top of the industry and current events.
When I’m not at “work,” I’m doing the job of mom at home! It’s a real balancing act, and it’s only possible because I have an amazing godmother and mother who help watch my boys during the week. My husband is also an incredible father who holds down the odd hours when the news doesn’t stop.
What is the one thing that surprised you the most about motherhood? How much I love them! Is that a weird answer? It’s true, though. It’s all consuming, and I love being with them. The older they get, the more fun our family time has become. My 5-year-old is a little comedian lately, and my 2-year-old is a brute. The combo makes for endless laughs and a whole lot of joy.
What is one piece of advice you’d offer another working mom? It’s never going to be perfect, so let something go. I’m terrible at organization. A few times a year, I’ll go through and do a major purge and organization spree. Otherwise, it’s a battle I feel like I’m not going to win until they get a bit older, and that’s OK. These can be the cluttered years. Letting that go sometimes allows me to focus on the quality time I do have with them.
What is one way you take care of yourself? I get my nails done. If my nails look good, I feel like I have control of something.
What else should we know about you or your work? We are working hard to bring you important information every day, and we’re trying to do it in a way that is compelling, thoughtful, and artful. It’s both a public service and, for me, a craft. We take it seriously and feel very proud of it.
I can tell you that my co-workers and I truly care about our communities, and we want you to feel supported by our newscasts. I also am always looking for story ideas. You can find me on Twitter and Instagram at @JBrunoNBCBoston. Follow me and send me a message about a news tip anytime, or just say hi! I love meeting new people.
What other women inspire you? I absolutely love Maria Shriver and Katie Couric. Both have been idols of mine for a long time. They strive for compelling, compassionate, and authentic coverage of things that truly matter. Locally, Latoyia Edwards has been both a friend and colleague for a long time. We actually met through pageantry, when she was Miss Massachusetts USA and I was competing for the teen title. I remember being in awe of her natural ability to connect with people and her enthusiastic presence. She is a leader in our newsroom — and also an incredible mom of two amazing kids. She’s given me great advice over the years — and I am so grateful for her friendship.