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
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.
Nation Dec 09Report finds a ‘failure of leadership’ after Fort Hood murder
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…
Politics Dec 08Biden taps ‘barrier-breaking soldier’ to lead Defense Department
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.
World Nov 11All of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy legislators resign after colleagues are ousted
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…
World Aug 25TikTok ‘absolutely not’ a U.S. security risk, says top executive
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…
Education Aug 12WATCH: Why this university scaled back its reopening plan
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.
World Aug 0575 years after Hiroshima, should U.S. president have authority to launch nuclear attack?
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…