Dan Walker

Back to our famous Sheffield people. Daniel Meirion Walker, born 1977, at Crawley in Sussex. Better known to us as Dan Walker, TV presenter and an honorary Sheffielder.

At the age of 18 he attended the University of Sheffield where he gained a BA (Hons) degree in history and an MA degree in journalism studies. He did work experience at Hallam FM, later joining Key 103 in Manchester as a sports reporter.

Dan joined Granada TV for six months before joining BBC TV’s North West Tonight. After moving to London, he presented Football Focus and replaced Bill Turnbull as presenter of BBC Breakfast in 2016.

Married with three children, he moved back to Sheffield in 2012 and is a patron of Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity.

“It’s a big city, but it doesn’t feel like it. I know it’s a cliché, but the people are lovely. They care about Sheffield and are very proud of it.”

Lasagne is his signature dish and swears the secret is a splash of ketchup and Henderson’s Relish.

“It’s a Sheffield thing. You can have it on anything. It smells a bit like pickled onion Monster Munch. I have it on everything: fried eggs, toast, pie and anything with meat in it.”