20 Under 40: Kevin Jacobsen, 37, Duluth

Video storyteller and journalist, Story North Productions.

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Kevin Jacobson

What do you do? (job, community involvement): After lots of dreaming and planning, my wife, Annie Harala, and I launched Story North Productions, a storytelling-focused video production company this past June. I serve as the company’s creative director and handle client relations. Previously, I worked in television news for nearly two decades, 13 (years) in Duluth.

I proudly serve as a board member for the Duluth Children’s Museum, which recently opened its new location in Lincoln Park. While my time in news is over, I continue to serve the Midwest Broadcast Journalism Association as the board president. I’m also a contributing photographer to Destination Duluth.

What is important to you? If you know me, then you know I love to “ hygge .” It’s typically described as the Danish concept for cozy, comfortable and contentment. It’s so much more than that, however. It also translates into having strong, healthy relationships with family and friends and the intentional time spent with each of them. That could range from having a glass of wine on the deck to a dinner out or a simple Zoom call to catch up. Beyond that, hygge is about surrounding yourself with the things that make you happy. Being happy motivates me to do my best, whether on the job or at home. Life is too short for anything less.

How do you spend your free time? In my free time, you’ll find me dabbling in photography and golfing. My wife and I also love traveling. We’re great road trip partners, as a matter of fact. We love visiting spots along the North Shore with our dog, Rory, in tow. Some bucket list destinations include, but are not limited to, Italy, Australia and the Faroe Islands.

From nominator: "Hygge sets Kevin apart. He has adopted the Danish ideal into every part of his life, sharing comfort and conviviality with others!" — Cameron Kruger


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