Dan Walker is a BBC sports presenter and anchor of BBC Breakfast. He also currently hosts BBC One’s The NFL Show alongside former players Jason Bell and two-time Super Bowl winner Osi Umenyior.
Dan presented BBC One’s award winning Football Focus for 12 years before hanging up his boots at the end of the season. He still regularly presents Match of the Day.
Summer 2021 will see Dan co-hosting a special Tokyo Olympics Breakfast Show alongside Sam Quek, covering some of the biggest events across the games.
Since working for the BBC Dan has gone on to cover Wimbledon, The Grand National, Royal Ascot, The Derby, and the 6 Nations. He has continued to work on domestic, European and international football (including every major tournament since 2006) has co-hosted the broadcaster’s Open golf coverage for the last 10 years and was an integral part of the BBC's Olympic offering in both London 2012 and Rio 2016.
In September 2018 Dan hosted his first game show for BBC 1 called Chase the Case; the 20 part series saw Dan test the gameplay, wit and intelligence of 5 contestants in this brand new quiz format.
During the summer of 2018, Dan presented a special World Cup version of Football Focus as well as numerous live games for the BBC from Russia.
At the beginning of 2019 Dan was asked by Comic Relief to help raise funds by climbing Kilimanjaro with a number of other famous faces – the resulting documentary for BBC1 called Return to Kili followed the teams fund-raising journey.
In May 2019 Dan was honoured to be asked to present A Royal Team Talk: Tackling Mental Health for BBC1 with HRH The Duke of Cambridge. Together, with five A-list footballers including Gareth Southgate, Danny Rose and Peter Crouch, they gathered together for an extraordinary and honest conversation about men's mental health, the programme was incredibly well received and subsequently went on to be nominated for several awards.
Dan has hosted The One Show, Songs of Praise and appeared on shows like Countdown, The Chase, Celebrity Mastermind and A Question of Sport.
Dan begun his career having turned down the opportunity to play youth team football, Dan studied journalism and worked on Sheffield student radio. He then moved to the local commercial station Hallam FM before spending four years at Manchester’s Key 103 as a presenter and commentator. Dan stayed in the city to work for Granada TV covering league football for ITV and then on to the BBC as the sports presenter on North West Tonight.
Dan has always loved to write and his latest book – Remarkable People was published in October 2020. His other books also include Dan Walker’s Thronkersaurus: Football’s Finest Tales‘ and Magic, Mud & Maradona.
For the last 5 years, Dan has organised his own charity golf tournament – The Walker Cup (not that one), raising over £250,000 for The Children’s Hospital Charity. Dan is proud to live in Sheffield with his wife, 3 children and his dog, Winnie.