Dan Carsen is WBHM's award-winning education reporter (see here too). Technically we're sharing him with the Southern Education Desk, but we think of him as ours. For his full-length stories, click here.
Dan grew up in New Rochelle, N.Y. After graduating from Colgate University, he did some freelance writing and then moved to Vance County, N.C., where he taught for three years at Clark Street Elementary School. After that, he was a reporter, columnist, and editorial writer for the area's newspaper, the Henderson Daily Dispatch. It was in nearby Chapel Hill where he did his first radio in the form of several commentaries for WUNC-FM, the "Triangle's" NPR station. Chapel Hill was also where he met his wife to be, subsequently following her science-medicine career to Boston, where at the tender age of 32 he fell in love with pickup basketball (he had already fallen in love with his wife). Perhaps almost as important, he spent a summer training mid-career professionals to be public school teachers, then landed an editing job in an educational division of what was then Houghton Mifflin.
In 2006, five years after starting at the publishing house and five weeks after the birth of his first daughter, Dan and the "three ladies" (cat included) followed Mom's career again, this time to Birmingham. Since, shockingly, doctor-scientists (even those in academia) tend to make more than reporters or editors, Dan stayed home to raise his daughter during the day and did various freelance editing and writing jobs -- including a few commentaries for WBHM -- at night. After staying home to take care of his second daughter, who is now old enough for the preschool program at a local school, Dan has reentered the work world of grownups.
"I'm very excited to have my own, quiet cubicle," says Dan. "But better yet, I'm thrilled to be working with the best people in the business and reporting on something that's so important."
You can contact Dan at 205-934-6585 or firstname.lastname@example.org.