Dan’s family was originally from Jamaica. At an early age, his father, Fabian Lothian, the evening operator at St. Pete’s Keswick Radio WKES (1974-1992), would let him “help out” by loading tapes and cleaning the tape decks. By the time he was 16, he had begun to learn the ropes of broadcast journalism as a fill-in when station regulars went on vacation. From there, he moved into TV news, working with WPTV/West Palm Beach, WDEF/Chattanooga, WCVB/Boston, KING/Seattle, and NBC, where he worked for seven years as a Los Angeles-based news correspondent.
In June 2003 he joined CNN. As the network’s Boston bureau chief and correspondent, he covered numerous key stories for the network, including the funeral of Rosa Parks and hurricanes Dennis, Katrina and Rita. He covered the presidential campaigns and both the Democratic and Republican national conventions in 2004, and the presidential race in 2008.
Today (2011), Dan works in CNN’s Washington bureau as a White House correspondent. His accolades include two national Emmy nominations, a National Association of Black Journalists award, a National Headliner award, and an award from the Associated Press. He earned his Bachelor's degree from Tennessee Temple University and a Master's from American University in Washington, DC.
1980 - 1987 Other Tampa Bay Area Stations (Board Operator)
1980 - 1987 Other Tampa Bay Area Stations (News)