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 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.
Nation Feb 27See inside the underground bunker that could launch a nuclear war
MINOT, N.D. — During the Cold War, the United States developed a vast nuclear arsenal with weapons on aircraft, submarines and land-based missiles. These three ways of delivering nuclear weapons became known as the triad, with the Soviet Union was…
World Dec 24Military men and women recite ‘A Visit from St. Nicholas’
Watch U.S. service men and women stationed all over the world recite lines from the beloved holiday poem, "A Visit from St. Nicholas." Special thanks to the Pentagin's Defense Media Activity department for this heartwarming piece. We hope you all…
World Nov 05Photos: What an $8B nuclear bomb upgrade looks like
Designing and building nuclear bombs is one of the U.S. government’s most secretive activities. But the PBS NewsHour recently was granted unprecedented access to a number of highly classified facilities, where the world’s most destructive weapons are now being updated…
Education Oct 09Pentagon puts for-profit University of Phoenix on probation
The Defense Department has placed the University of Phoenix on probation, barring the for-profit school from recruitment activities and career fairs on military bases.
Nation Jul 31This is the trigger that could launch a nuclear war
This joystick-like device holds the fate of humanity in its grip.
Nation Jul 30How to resupply a nuclear submarine
The USS Pennsylvania is a stealth submarine on active patrol in the Pacific Ocean. Armed with up to 24 Trident D-5 nuclear missiles, the Ohio-class vessel is part of America’s fleet of 14 nuclear armed submarines. Maintaining a ship like…
Politics Feb 03Is the Pentagon padding its budget with funds reserved for fighting overseas?
The 2016 defense budget includes $50.9 billion for the Overseas Contingency Operations, but is a portion of that being used to fund general operations?…