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Dan Walker is an English journalist, newsreader and television presenter. He currently works as a presenter for 5 News on Channel 5. He was the host of Football Focus from 2009 to 2021, as well as BBC Breakfast from 2016 until May 2022. He also presented shows on BBC Radio 5 Live and presented Sportsday on the BBC News Channel and BBC World News, as well as regularly reporting for Final Score and Match of the Day.
|Net Worth||$5 million|
|Occupation||Journalist, Newsreader, Television presenter|
Daniel Meirion Walker was born on March 19, 1977 (age 45 years) in Crawley, Sussex, United Kingdom. He is the son of a Welsh mother. He lived in Crawley until the age of 18, where he attended Ifield Primary School, Three Bridges Middle School, and Hazelwick Secondary School. He earned a BA (Hons) degree in History in 1998 and an MA degree in Journalism Studies in 1999 at the University of Sheffield.
Dan Walker’s professional broadcasting career started with work experience at Sheffield’s Hallam FM. He gained work experience after winning a competition for young sports commentators. In 1999, Walker moved to a full-time career with a four-year stint as a sports presenter and commentator for Manchester’s Key 103. In his time at the station, he presented the regular midweek sports show (often broadcasting from UEFA Champions League matches at Manchester United’s Old Trafford ground).
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Walker also appeared as the resident sports correspondent for Mike Toolan’s breakfast show. Dan Walker moved into television with a six-month spell at Granada Television in Manchester, appearing as a commentator on the Football League Review show before joining BBC regional news programme North West Tonight. During this time, he was nominated for a number of awards and won the Royal Television Society Sports Award in 2005 for Regional Sports Presenter of the Year. He was unable to attend the ceremony because he was covering the Champions League final in Istanbul.
In 2006, Walker started working in London and in 2008 started presenting and reporting at Wimbledon, The Open, Aintree, Ascot and The Derby at Epsom as well as the Six Nations. In August 2009, Walker took over from Manish Bhasin as the presenter of Football Focus. Walker also presents the web-based Friday preview Friday Focus and writes a blog on the BBC website where he discusses the show and football in general.
Dan Walker was part of the BBC Sport team covering the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He spent the tournament travelling from Cape Town at the start of the tournament to Johannesburg for the final in a double-decker bus, filming packages to be shown both as part of the TV coverage and online, and providing commentary and news via the BBC’s online channels and Twitter.
On 26 November 2011, Gary Speed appeared as a guest on Football Focus with Walker. The two men spent a total of about four hours with each other on the day. Walker said of Speed: “I always found him to be kind, funny, intelligent and insightful. I found him to be a top bloke and really enjoyed his company.” The following morning on Sunday 27 November 2011, Walker received the news that Speed had died by hanging at his house in Cheshire. Walker said that he was “stunned” by Speed’s death and that he was “incredibly saddened”.
He had known Speed for quite a long time and had played football with him in a charity match two months earlier. In March 2012, Walker said that he was “staggered by the depth of feeling and shock” on Sunday when Speed’s death was announced. In addition to Walker’s TV work, he presented Afternoon Edition every Monday-Thursday on BBC Radio 5 Live until 2016 and has previously hosted shows on the station’s evening sports output.
Dan Walker replaced Bill Turnbull in 2016 as presenter of BBC Breakfast. His first show aired on 29 February and he presented the programme from Monday to Wednesday with Louise Minchin until mid-2021, and with Sally Nugent from late 2021 onwards. Walker presented the ‘Clash of the Titans’ segment of the Sport Relief telethon. Along with that, Walker also reported for the 2016 Olympics.
Walker had a chance meeting with Tony Foulds in January 2019, in Endcliffe Park, Sheffield, where Foulds was voluntarily maintaining the “Mi Amigo” memorial. Foulds, then aged eight, was in Endcliffe Park when a USAAF Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bomber crashed in the park in February 1944; the crash killed all ten men on board. The pilot apparently tried to avoid Foulds and his friends. After the meeting, Walker started a campaign on social media to organize a flypast at the park.
The campaign was successful, and the flypast took place on 22 February 2019, the 75th anniversary of the crash. The event was broadcast nationally and thousands of people, including the families of the airmen involved in the crash, attended the flypast. In November 2020, Walker was confirmed as the new host of The NFL Show following previous host Mark Chapman’s decision to step down. Dan Walker left Football Focus after 12 years on 22 May 2021; he continued as a presenter on BBC Breakfast and BBC Sport.
On 10 August 2021, it was announced he would be competing in the nineteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing. He was paired with the Ukrainian-Slovenian professional Nadiya Bychkova. They were eliminated in week 11. In September 2021 Walker led tributes to his co-presenter Louise Minchin who left BBC Breakfast to enjoy a respite from 20 years of enduring early nights and 3:45 am wake-up alarms. On 4 April 2022, Walker announced, via a Twitter video, that he would be leaving the BBC to move to Channel 5.
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On 6 June 2022, Dan Walker made his Channel 5 news debut, reporting live from 10 Downing Street when prime minister Boris Johnson survived a no-confidence vote. In December 2022, Walker won an episode of the quiz show The Weakest Link. Dan Walker is an active patron of several charities including the Sheffield Children’s Hospital charity, alongside Jessica Ennis-Hill, Michael Vaughan and Lee Westwood. Walker climbed Mount Kilimanjaro for Comic Relief with a number of other celebrities in 2019. He supports Crawley Town Football Club, also known as The Reds and Red Devils.
Dan Walker is married to Sarah Walker, they had their wedding in 2001. He first met his wife at Sheffield University and they have three children, two daughters and a son. He is a practising Christian who has maintained his position of not working on Sundays throughout his career. His spiritual upbringing came largely through the Evangelical Christian tradition and his higher profile on the BBC attracted media reports highlighting fringe Christian groups and inferring that Walker himself held “loopy” beliefs. Walker later clarified through his spokesperson that he was simply a Christian who believes that God is behind creation. As of 2023, Dan Walker and his wife Sarah Walker are still married and live in Sheffield.
Dan Walker net worth
How much is Dan Walker worth? Dan Walker net worth is estimated at around $5 million. His main source of income is from his primary work as a journalist, newsreader and television presenter. Dan Walker’s salary per month and other career earnings are over $400,000 dollars annually. His remarkable achievements have earned him some luxurious lifestyles and some fancy car trips. He is one of the richest and most influential media personalities. He stands at an appealing height of 1.83m and has a good body weight which suits his personality.