About Dan @DanSagalyn
As the deputy senior producer for foreign affairs and defense at the PBS NewsHour, Dan plays a key role in helping oversee and produce the program’s foreign affairs and defense stories. His pieces have broken new ground on an array of military issues, exposing debates simmering outside the public eye.
Over the past two decades at the NewsHour, he has booked and produced scores of exclusive interviews with foreign leaders, U.S. national security advisers, secretaries of defense and state, senior military officers, members of Congress, and other key government officials.
Dan initially joined the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer in May 1996 as a reporter, responsible for producing discussion segments on the Middle East, Asia, defense, terrorism and intelligence issues. The show promoted him to deputy senior producer in 2003. Before joining the NewsHour, Dan was one of the producers of America's Defense Monitor, a 30-minute weekly television series on defense and foreign policy issues, broadcast nationally on PBS and cable television.
Dan received a Master's Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs in 1987, specializing in international security policy. He received a BA in history from Boston University in 1984.
Dan’s Recent Stories
World Jul 20Iraq and Afghan war vets exposed to toxic air struggle for breath — and a diagnosis
Among the more than 2.5 million men and women who have served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, there are many veterans -- exposed to sandstorms, burn pits and other hazards -- who suffer from a mysterious pulmonary illness,…
World Jul 17Trump playing into Putin’s plan ‘either on purpose or by accident,’ Albright says
Russian President Vladimir Putin has a plan to divide the U.S. from its allies, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said Tuesday, and President Donald Trump is “playing into that plan either on purpose or by accident.” Albright joins Judy…
World Jun 10Photos: On the ground in Singapore during the Trump-Kim summit
Singapore is a sprawling city, and it appears that most people hardly notice President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are in town for a summit on Tuesday, except for certain pockets where security is tight and…
World Mar 16There can’t be another war on the Korean peninsula, says South Korean foreign minister: ‘You have to negotiate’
In an exclusive interview, South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha tells Judy Woodruff that they are cautiously optimistic that possible talks between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Trump would be a breakthrough for a peaceful resolution. They…
World Mar 08The inside story of America’s longest war
Many books have covered the war in South Asia, but Steve Coll’s “Directorate S: The CIA and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan, 2001–2016” reveals new information about military mistakes, missed diplomatic opportunities, failed negotiations with the Taliban and…
Health Jan 10Biden addresses possible link between son’s fatal brain cancer and toxic military burn pits
Former Vice President Joe Biden said he thinks toxins found in smoke from burning waste at U.S. military installations in Iraq and at other facilities abroad could “play a significant role” in causing veterans' cancer.
World May 29One doctor’s war against global organ trafficking
Dr. Francis Delmonico, a Harvard Medical School professor, has spent more than a decade leading the fight to establish global ethics principles that govern how human organs are obtained and transplanted.
Nation Dec 08The chaos and fog of the first night of Marine Corps boot camp
On Day 1, scores of young men and women arrive at Marine Corps boot camp at Parris Island, South Carolina, to begin the process of becoming Marines.
World Sep 02Uzbek president is dead at age 78, government says
The government of Uzbekistan announced Friday that its president has died at age 78.
World Apr 13You can bake a Hot Pocket on board a B-52 nuclear bomber. Seriously.
During long hours of training, or on actual bombing missions, the crew of a B-52 bomber needs sustenance. Luckily this classic aircraft comes complete with a vinatge oven. It has two settings: 400 degrees and off.