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 Jun 03Indonesia: Land of Contrasts
PBS NewsHour producer Dan Sagalyn traveled to Indonesia in May 2011 to learn more about the Southeast Asian country -- the world's fourth most populous nation -- and the issues it faces today.
World May 26Corruption Challenges Indonesia’s Government
Pervasive corruption in Indonesia poses a challenge to the government and is threatening the country's transition to democracy, some say.
World May 23In Indonesia, Mixed Views of Osama Bin Laden
When asked about al-Qaida mastermind Osama bin Laden after his death, Indonesians expressed a variety of views, from those who praised his work to those who said he misrepresented Islam, and still others who felt he should have been tried…
Nation Dec 16Taliban ‘Protection Money’: Supply Line Strategy or Stability Underminer?
When President Obama announced he was sending more troops to Afghanistan, he said he wanted them there as quickly as possible. The challenges to moving troops and supplies into a rugged country in such a tight timeframe soon became apparent.
World Nov 18Afghan Dilemma Recalls Vietnam Lessons
As the Obama administration grapples with the question of whether to send more troops to Afghanistan, a number of historians have spoken about the similarities between the wars in Vietnam and Afghanistan.
World Oct 30Obama Meets With Top Pentagon Brass on Way Forward in Afghanistan
For the first time since President Barack Obama kicked off a formal review of his Afghanistan-Pakistan strategy in late September, he met with the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Friday to help determine the way forward.
World Oct 26Former CIA Officer Weighs In on Afghan Strategy
As the Obama administration considers changes to its Afghan war strategy, former CIA operative Marc Sageman discusses working in Afghanistan and what the new strategy should entail.
World May 18Month-long Elections End With Congress Party Victory in India
After month-long elections ended in India this past weekend, the Congress Party learned that it would remain in power. Marshall Bouton, the president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, discusses what the results mean for India and its relationship…
World Mar 17North Korea’s Rhetoric Rises Over Planned Rocket Launch
North Korea has said it plans to launch a satellite in April, which some believe is a guise to test launch a long-range missile. NewsHour deputy senior producer for foreign affairs and defense Dan Sagalyn reports on what is motivating…
World Dec 12Opinions Differ on Cause of Mumbai Attacks
Analysts disagree on whether the decades' old conflict over control of the Kashmir region between India and Pakistan inspired the attacks in late November in Mumbai, India, or whether the objectives of the fighters go beyond the disputed region. Dan…