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 Apr 01Hong Kong’s pro-democracy leaders say it’s an ‘honor’ to be jailed over fight for freedom
In another blow to the city’s democracy, seven of Hong Kong’s most prominent pro-democracy leaders were convicted of unlawful assembly on Thursday and could face up to five years in jail. Nick Schifrin focuses on three of those convicted and…
World Mar 30Ethnic group in Myanmar faces airstrikes, new attacks for protesting coup
Two months ago, the Myanmar military staged a coup and overthrew the civilian government and has since met resulting protests with violence. The conflict is now entering a new stage as militias associated with the country’s ethnic minorities join the…
World Mar 29WHO report says COVID originated in bats, but critics claim the study was biased
The PBS NewsHour has obtained a study by a group of independent researchers convened by the WHO to find the origins of COVID-19 in China. As Nick Schifrin reports, the virus that caused the worst pandemic in a century most…
Nation Mar 24How personal experience is guiding this military corp’s attempt to combat sexual assault
The Pentagon on Wednesday announced a commission that will investigate sexual assault and harassment in the military. Nick Schifrin reports on how sexual assault and harassment infects the military’s most prominent units and how members of one corps are trying…
Nation Mar 01Victim advocates say U.S. military gets an ‘F’ on sexual assault prevention
For a decade, advocates have argued commanders should be removed from deciding the fate of those accused of sexual assault in the U.S. military. But military victim advocates now say they too should be removed from the chain of command.
Nation Feb 19U.S. military grapples with a rising epidemic of sexual assault in its ranks
A video posted by a female U.S. Marine about sexual assault in the military rocketed across the internet and into a Pentagon press-briefing room Friday. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin promised to take additional steps to stop such violence. But…
Nation Jan 22Lloyd Austin breaks ‘brass ceiling’ as first Black defense secretary
The confirmation of Retired Gen. Lloyd Austin as the first Black secretary of defense is a milestone. Nick Schifrin reports on how it also spotlights the racial disparities at the highest level of the military ranks.
Nation Jan 13National Guard bolsters security in nation’s capital ahead of inauguration
Thousands of members of the National Guard will be in Washington, D.C. for President-elect Biden's inauguration after the violent attack at the U.S. Capitol last week raised concerns over security. Many of those worries also extend to 50 state capitols,…
World Jan 05Pro-Iran militias in Iraq grow increasingly hostile toward the U.S.
It has been one year since Iranian Brigadier General Qassem Soleimani was assassinated at Baghdad airport by an American drone, and tensions between the U.S. and Iran have been heating up over the past few weeks. Iraqi militias, with ties…
Health Dec 29Unseen crisis emerges as patients delay medical care during the pandemic
For much of the year, millions of Americans have been hunkering down and avoiding crowds to try to stay safe from COVID-19. But with that, many have also been delaying important medical care, sometimes with devastating consequences. John Yang reports.