Dan graduated from Duke in 2014 and is currently working at Monumental Sports & Entertainment as a Producer/Host in Washington D.C. During his time at Duke, Dan majored in Public Policy, minored in Visual & Media Studies, and received a certificate in Policy Journalism & Media Studies. Dan served as the chair of the DUU Duke Student Broadcast committee for two years, was a member of The Chronicle staff, and worked for the Duke University News & Communications office.

How did you get involved with DUU?

At the activities fair my freshman year in 2010, one of the tables I stopped at was Duke Student Broadcasting. During my senior year of high school, I had made this show called “The Judge’s Docket,” which was a once a week update show about what was happening around the school. I thought it was really fun and I wanted to keep trying to get better at it. I talked to them [DSB] and they said that they were a pretty small organization and that they’d love to have me, and so I started doing work specifically with the sports at Duke for DSB. That same year I also got involved with WXDU. I was on the sports show for all four years I was at Duke, then in my final two years, I was the head of the sports show. And in my junior year, I also became president of DSB. 

Outside of DUU, what else were you involved in at Duke?

Outside of being directly involved with the DUU board, I went to all the things that DUU hosted. I went to probably at least half a dozen Coffeehouse concerts, the Old Duke concert, LDOC, and all those things. Given what I do for a living, my main goal was to just get as much experience in broadcast journalism as possible, so I also worked with the Duke News and Communications Office and did some shows for them. I did some stuff with Duke Athletics too, and I got to see on a professional basis what it was like to work in sports broadcasting. 

How did you become interested in broadcast/producing/sports in the first place?

I’ve always been a big sports fan and a Duke basketball fan. But my love for sports broadcasting blossomed my senior year of high school. Then throughout college, it just got stronger and stronger. I remember the first time I got to run a camera in Cameron Indoor Stadium for Duke basketball. It was always the dream. I tried to gain as much experience as I could on campus through student organizations and professional organizations. And for professional life, I got internships during the summers between each school year, and the internship I had the summer before my senior year led to the job that I currently am still at now. 

What is a lesson you learned from being DSB Chair or from being on DUU exec?

I learned a lot from the exec board on how to be a better leader. I liked going to the board meetings and seeing the organizational structure of DUU in general, and how everybody else was approaching their committees, how they were taking on various responsibilities, and how they were delegating responsibilities to various people in the committee. It was a good experience to get out of the small bubble of one committee and see the bigger picture of what DUU as a whole was about. And as a whole, everyone’s goal is simply to make the Duke student body experience better than it would be otherwise. It was really cool to be a part of that for a couple of years.

How do you think your experiences in DUU as DSB chair helped you after college?

The experience that I gained from being involved with DUU, and with DSB specifically, paved the way for me to get to where I am today. For sports broadcasting, you have to create a reel of your work. The reel that I would submit for various jobs out of college consisted almost exclusively of stuff that I did either through my internships or through DSB. Outside of that though, your soft skills are so important as you move onto the next stage of your life. Whether it be the communication skills needed to work between committees or to work within your own committee, delegation skills, or leadership skills, these professional development opportunities absolutely exist within DUU. Between the non-programming and programming bodies of DUU, you will gain these experiences, one way or another. 

What’s your favorite part of your current job?

If you work in any kind of news, entertainment, sports, journalism, broadcasting, etc., your job is to be a storyteller. And in sports, it’s such a beautiful, unique form of storytelling where we can paint a picture of what these individuals are like on and off the field. But the most exciting part is when you’re at a game, it’s super close at the end, and you have no idea what’s going to happen. You have zero control, but your job is just to make sure that whatever does happen is presented in the best way possible. It’s an adrenaline rush, there aren’t many things like that.

What was your favorite part about DUU?

Clearly, it’s very obvious by the interview we’ve done here that I was incredibly involved with DSB. It was such an integral part of my experience, I can’t imagine college without broadcasting. I don’t often think about individual classes, but I can think of a number of times where I had experiences solely because of my involvement within DSB and DUU. It’s an amazing opportunity not only to help the student body gain the most out of their student experience, but the fun that you’ll have in DUU, it’s hard to describe, and honestly, the type of experience that you get with DUU, you just really can’t get anywhere else on campus.

What’s your favorite thing about living in D.C.?

Living in DC is so cool because D.C. is big in terms of stature but very small in terms of actual geographic coverage. I love that I can get a call from someone saying we’re going to do this activity in this location and it only takes me 15 minutes to get to them. You can’t say that about many big cities. That’s a really cool part of it. And my favorite activity in D.C. is to see the monuments on the National Mall at night. It’s so powerful. I’ve loved it forever.