Dan Cummins is Sports Director for WTOL 11 News. He anchors sports during WTOL 11 News at 6 and 11.
Born and raised in Peoria, Illinois, Dan says knew early on he wanted to have a career in television sports. After high school, he went to Illinois State University where he earned a BA in Mass Communication.
Dan says he first got a taste of show business when he starred as Charlie Brown in a high school senior play. He says television is all he ever wanted to do. After working as the weekend sports anchor for a station in his hometown of Peoria, he came to WTOL in 1980. He began as a weekend sports anchor and sports reporter at WTOL, then earned a promotion to Assistant Sports Director. Then, when veteran sports anchor Orris Tabner retired in February 1996, Dan became the Sports Director.
His favorite memory while working for WTOL 11 is covering the Fiesta Bowl in which the Buckeyes won the National Championship in overtime. Dan says he worked from 9 a.m. on Friday through 5 a.m. on Saturday doing live reports.
Dan and his wife Barb have seven children between them. They enjoy two grandchildren He is a workout nut, exercising five times a week or more.
Make-A-Wish is special to Dan's heart. He says the organization was very supportive when his stepson Steven had cancer. Steven has recovered now, but Dan and his family feel a strong commitment to Make-A-Wish. Dan serves on the organization's board and emcee's many of the group's events. He's also involved in numerous other charities, like the Italian-American Sports Club, Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic.