On Friday, February 23, nationally-renowned sportswriter and television commentator Dan Graziano, a National NFL Insider for ESPN, will be visiting Gunston as part of its In Celebration of Books program. Graziano contributes to NFL Insiders, NFL Live, SportsCenter, ESPN Radio, ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine.
The day will kick off at 8:15 a.m. in the Field House with a program that is open to the public. Headmaster John Lewis and Athletic Director Jon Mellinger will lead an informal roundtable discussion with Graziano. The discussion will focus on Graziano's path to becoming a sportswriter and author. At a time when accountability in journalism is at the forefront of our national conversation, Graziano will speak to the challenges involved in communicating effectively and ethically through different forms of media. He will also field questions from students and faculty.
After the morning program, Graziano will meet with Gunston's seniors to continue the conversation about his career in communications, what it means to cultivate an online presence, and the intersection of sports and politics.
"I'm delighted to welcome Dan to Gunston," Lewis says. "We've had journalists and sportswriters visit Gunston before, but so much has changed with respect to the ways in which sportswriters, in particular, communicate with the public. Dan was a classmate of mine at Georgetown, and we can both remember life before email. I think our students will be fascinated to hear how technology and the use of social media has evolved during his career, and also how it may change in the years to come."
Graziano joined ESPN in 2011 as an NFC East blogger covering the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins. Two years later, ESPN established its 32-member NFL Nation Network and tabbed Graziano as the Giants reporter. Also in 2013, he began to appear on NFL Insiders as a contributor.
Prior to his career at ESPN, Graziano covered football and baseball for AOL Fanhouse. He also served as a national baseball writer for The Star Ledger of Newark, N.J. and the New York Yankees beat writer for the Star-Ledger.
A graduate of Georgetown University, Graziano began his sportswriting career in 1995 with The Palm Beach Post, covering the Miami Dolphins and the Florida Marlins. He was the paper's Marlins beat writer from 1997-99 before moving back home to New Jersey and The Star-Ledger. Graziano is also the author of two novels: The Ultimatum and I Think She's Trying to Tell Me Something.