Who is Dan Rafael?
Dan Rafael was born in Albany, New York State USA, on 25 August 1970 – his zodiac sign is Virgo, and he holds American nationality. He’s a sportswriter, who’s probably known best for the work which he’s done for the American international basic cable sports channel ESPN.
Early life and education
Dan was raised in Albany by his parents, about whom little is known as he respects their privacy; it’s said that his father was also a sportswriter, thus Dan’s interest in journalism, and that his mother was a high school teacher. Because Dan hasn’t spoken of having any siblings, most of his fans believe him to be an only child.
Dan became interested in journalism while attending a local high school, and began writing for the school newspaper when he was 15. Dan was into a couple of other activities during those four years, including playing soccer and lacrosse with his friends, and practicing acting with the school’s drama club.
Upon matriculating in 1988, Dan enrolled at State University of New York at Binghamton, and went on to write for their newspaper, starting out as a sportswriter, and finishing as a managing editor. Dan was an intern at the local newspaper “Press & Sun-Bulletin” while still attending college; he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 1992.
, Dan then started working at the community newspaper “The Saratogian”, a part-time job which he held for a couple of months prior to becoming their full-time reporter, covering local car racing and college sports. Before leaving “The Saratogian”, Dan also covered the local AA baseball team – Binghamton Mets.
In August 1998, Dan moved temporarily to Virginia to work at the daily newspaper “USA Today”, covering Major League Baseball (MLB); he was praised for his work, and after the former boxing reporter Jon Saraceno was promoted, Dan was invited to take his position. He quit in December 1998 and returned to Binghamton, however, just a year later in January 2000, “USA Today” asked Dan to start working as their boxing writer again, and he thus moved back to Virginia.
Dan was contacted by an ESPN employee in September 2004, revealing that the channel was looking to dedicate more attention to their boxing coverage, and would like Dan to join their team; he started working at ESPN in March 2005, writing in-depth coverage of boxing matches, while he was perhaps most popular for his weekly compilation of rankings.
In January 2016, Dan signed a new multi-year contract with ESPN.
In July 2020, during the ESPN coverage of the Edgar Berlanga vs Eric Moon boxing match, Dan tried to omit the name Ali Raymi, who was a Yemeni professional boxer with a 25-0 record, all of which he won via knockout. This resulted with ESPN ending their contract with Dan.
What is he doing today?
Dan then apparently spent a couple of months working as a freelance sportswriter, and since May 2021, he has been working at World Boxing News.
Awards and accolades
In 2013, the Boxing Writers Association of America presented Dan with a Nat Fleischer Award for Excellence in Boxing Journalism.
The American sportswriter Iron Mike Gallego, known best for his contribution to the sports blog Dead Spin’s, named Dan the most important journalist in boxing.
Appearances in TV shows
Dan has made a guest appearance in various talk-shows and documentaries.
He appeared in the 2006 episode “Evander Holyfield” of the documentary series “ESPN SportsCentury”, and the same year saw him make a guest appearance in the talk-show “Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith”.
In 2011, Dan appeared in the documentary biographical sports movie “Klitschko”, written and directed by Sebastian Dehnhardt, and which starred Lamon Brewster, Chris Byrd and Bernd Bonte. The movie follows the lives of the heavyweight boxing champions Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko, and it won two awards.
Dan could’ve been seen featured in a 2012 episode of the documentary series “HBO Boxing”, and in the 2014 documentary biographical sports film “Maravilla, a Fighter Inside and Outside the Ring”.
Some of his most recent appearances have been in the 2018 sports news talk-show “ESPN First Take”, the 2020 talk-show “Stars and Champions: Covid Edition” and the 2021 sports talk-show “The BT Sport Boxing Show”.
Love life and relationships
Dan prefers to keep the details of his love life away from the media’s attention, but it’s still widely known that he’s today a married man. Dan exchanged vows with the American businesswoman Jenn Rafael in 2004, in a private ceremony attended by only the closest of their friends and family members. Jenn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and women’s studies from Syracuse University, and is today working at National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) as their director of communications and marketing.
Dan and Jenn don’t have children together, and while this is believed to be because they both want to focus on their careers, some people on the internet think that perhaps one of the two is infertile; this hasn’t been addressed by either Dan or Jenn.
As of March 2022, Dan’s married to Jenn Rafael, and they don’t have children together.
Hobbies and other interests
Dan is highly active on Instagram, and has uploaded close to 1,000 pictures onto the network, while he’s today followed by nearly 5,000 people. Most of his pictures are posters promoting boxing matches.
Dan’s into travelling, and his career has taken him to many US states and European countries, while his dream travel destination is Las Vegas, Nevada.
Dan enjoys tasting various cuisines – his favorite is spicy Calabrian food from Italy.
Dan’s a philanthropist, and has attended various fundraisers, as well as donated money to multiple animal shelters, as he’s also an animal lover.
Dan likes to watch movies late at night – his favorite actors and actresses are Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Will Smith and Emma Watson, while a couple of his favorite films include “Jumanji”, “Central Intelligence” and “Bad Boys”.
Age, height and net worth
Dan’s age is 51. He has short brown hair and brown eyes, his height is 5ft 5ins (1.65m) and he weighs around 175lbs (80kgs).
As of March 2022, Dan’s net worth has been estimated at more than $1 million.