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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.
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,…
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…
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.
A new independent report details widespread systemic problems at Fort Hood, Texas, including a culture that allows sexual assault in its ranks. It was ordered after the murder of U.S. Army Specialist Vanessa Guillén, and led to the removal or…
President-elect Joe Biden announced retired U.S. Army General Lloyd Austin as his selection for secretary of defense, a choice that has sparked a variety of reactions. Nick Schifin reports.
The government of Hong Kong removed four pro-democracy members of the semi-autonomous city’s legislative council on Wednesday. In response, all pro-democracy legislators resigned in protest. Activists fear it is the most dramatic step yet in Beijing’s effort to end Hong…
The social media giant TikTok has sued the U.S. government for threatening to ban the company from the country. The Trump administration’s targeting of the video-sharing platform is part of a larger effort to confront what the U.S. says are…
Once UMass Amherst “started looking at all the logistics of how this would work,” chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy said, they realized it was going to be too risky and difficult if all the students who were expected to come showed up.
On August 6, 1945, the United States dropped the first atomic weapon on Hiroshima, Japan. Seventy-five years later, the NewsHour revisits how the president became the sole authority on when nuclear weapons are used. Nick Schifrin reports and talks to…
On July 14, President Donald Trump announced the U.S. would end “preferential treatment for Hong Kong” and that the region “will now be treated the same as mainland China, no special privileges, no special economic treatment and no export of…
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