Dan and his wife, camera woman Siân, worked as a freelance news team around the globe from 1988 to 1995 covering wars and revolutions. Then the excitement and danger seemed less important than bringing up a family. Now they live in London with their three young children.
Dan’s broadcasting career began as a BBC sound engineer in 1974. In 1978, he moved to Wales to present a morning magazine programme. Here he learned Welsh live on-air.
By the mid-1980s Dan was working for satellite broadcasters on new pan-European news projects, and was the first news editor for Scansat TV3, the first Scandinavian commercial channel. This meant Dan learned another language, Swedish.
In 1988, he moved to Hungary and reported on liberation and street protest in East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Romania, Albania and the former Soviet Union.
Dan also reported from conflicts in Croatia and Bosnia, Baghdad during the first Gulf War, and Afghanistan.
Since returning to the UK, Dan has worked for BBC World Service and BBC Radio 4 as a reporter and presenter. He presents the environment and development programme One Planet. He covered the US election campaign in 2000, and reported from Coalition Central Command in Qatar during the war in 2003.
From 1998 to 2000, Dan devoted part of his time to two Masters degrees, in nationalism and international law. He used that knowledge in a special World Service series in 2002 on human rights post September 11, 2001.
Dan and Siân are keen churchgoers. They are involved in interfaith dialogue initiatives with London’s diverse religious communities. Dan’s hobby is running; the training comes in handy these days to help him keep up with his very active children.
And if you want more from Dan, check out his daily blog on the programme.