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July 26, 2002

Dan Patrick

Dan Patrick has become widely recognized for his poignant interviews and dry wit in his role as an ESPN anchor/reporter, primarily on ESPN's 11 p.m. ET SportsCenter. He also reports from major events such as the Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals and Final Four, and has called play-by-play for select NCAA basketball telecasts since joining ESPN in March 1989.

Dan Patrick
Even at 15, Dan knew he had a face for radio.

Patrick writes for ESPN The Magazine. He authors "Outtakes," the magazine's most popular page featuring a no-holds-barred, question-and-answer interview with the sports world's most interesting figures. In May 2000, Patrick released a book entitled "Outtakes," published by Hyperion, based on the magazine column. Patrick served as the primary host of ESPN SportsCentury, the network's 30-minute, weekly series profiling the 50 greatest North American athletes of the 20th century.

Additionally, he serves as host of The Dan Patrick Radio Show weekdays from 1-4 p.m. ET on ESPN Radio, which is carried by more than 600 affiliates nationwide. He also has his own Web page linked off of ( which serves as a vehicle for his musings on the sports world.

In January 2000, Patrick was named the National Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA), making him just the second cable commentator to receive the honor.

Patrick transcended the sports world when he served as guest host of ABC's Good Morning America, Dec. 30-31, 1996, and Jan. 1, 1997. In 1998 he received a Sports Emmy Award in the Studio Host category.

Patrick's reports feature astute knowledge, a dry sense of humor and his unique perspective as well as a style which provides a "comfort zone" for his co-host. He received a CableACE Award in 1997 for his work on SportsCenter.

Some of Patrick's finer moments have appeared on SportsCenter's Sunday Conversation, ESPN's in-depth interview segment, where he has brought out the best in many of sports' premier personalities -- including Michael Jordan, Mark McGwire, Barry Sanders, Wayne Gretzky, Larry Bird, Reggie Jackson and Bill Murray.

Prior to working with ESPN, Patrick was a sports anchor/reporter for CNN (1983-89), where his assignments included the World Series, NBA Finals and Winter Olympics. In 1997, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Dayton in Ohio.

Born May 15, 1957, Patrick received a bachelor of arts degree in broadcasting from the University of Dayton.

Dan responds to frequently asked questions:

  • How can I become a SportsCenter anchor?
  • Is SportsCenter biased?

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