Dan Bongino is a political commentator, radio show host, and published author. His career includes four years of service with the New York City Police Department (NYPD), from 1995 to 1999, followed by a tenure as a Secret Service agent from 1999 to 2011.
How Wealthy is Dan Bongino?
Dan Bongino, an American figure known for his work as a political commentator, radio talk show host, and author, has accumulated a net worth of $150 million. His diverse career path includes over ten years of service as a Secret Service agent, where he was part of the Presidential Protective Division, safeguarding top government officials.
Additionally, Bongino has experience as an officer in both the New York City and Baltimore Police Departments.
Dan Bongino Cancer Battle and Recovery
Dan Bongino publicly disclosed on September 23, 2020, that doctors had discovered a seven-centimeter tumor in his throat. At that time, it was uncertain whether the tumor was malignant or benign. He planned to travel to New York for more comprehensive evaluations on September 25.
By October 2, Bongino revealed that he had received disheartening news from his medical team and was scheduled for surgery on October 7. Post-surgery, Dan updated via Twitter that the surgery was successful in removing the entire tumor from his neck, but there was a likelihood of lymphoma.
Dan indicated his readiness to undergo further treatment. On October 16, he confirmed his diagnosis of Hodgkin's lymphoma and mentioned that he would continue receiving medical care as advised by his doctors. In a July 2021 interview, Bongino shared the encouraging news that he had successfully overcome cancer.
Dan Bongino Career Highlights
From 1995 to 1999, Dan Bongino served with the New York City Police Department.
Secret Service Career and Book Release
Dan Bongino began his Secret Service career in 1999, initially working at the New York Field Office. In 2002, he transitioned to teaching at the Secret Service Training Academy in Maryland.
Bongino's role expanded in 2006 to the Presidential Protection Division, serving under President George W. Bush and continuing through President Barack Obama's term, until his departure in May 2011 for a Senate run.
Dan's first book, "Life Inside the Bubble," published in 2013, delves into his experiences with the Secret Service. It includes his protection duties under President Bush and Obama, his involvement in federal crime investigations, and his 2012 Senate campaign in Maryland.
Bongino faced criticism from former Secret Service colleagues over his use of his experience in his political endeavors and claims of overhearing confidential information in the Obama White House. He maintained that his book was not a tell-all and contained no confidential details, and he openly rejected Birtherism, the unfounded claim that President Obama was not born in the United States.
In 2016, Dan published a second book, "The Fight," giving an insider perspective on security failings and the political landscape.
Dan Bongino's media presence includes hosting and guest hosting stints on various radio shows and appearances on Fox News and conspiracy-focused platforms like InfoWars. He has supported and written about the Spygate conspiracy theory, alleging illegal surveillance of Donald Trump's 2016 campaign.
In late 2019, Bongino launched the Bongino Report website as a conservative alternative to the Drudge Report. Politico noted in 2020 that Bongino's Facebook posts were among the most shared on the platform. However, The New York Times identified him as a significant source of election misinformation that year.
Following the Capitol riots, Twitter temporarily suspended his account for policy violations. In 2021, Cumulus Media tapped Dan to fill the slot vacated by The Rush Limbaugh Show, and Fox News announced his new weekend show, "Unfiltered With Dan Bongino."
YouTube permanently banned Bongino in 2022 for violating its policies. In late 2022, he announced his departure from his Cumulus radio show, with the phase-out starting in mid-2023. By April 2023, he also parted ways with Fox News.
Stance on COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates
In 2021, Dan Bongino, who was vaccinated, publicly opposed corporate vaccine mandates, challenging his employer, Cumulus Media, to rescind their mandate or lose him. He briefly left the airwaves to negotiate, starting a fund for fired Cumulus employees.
Despite Bongino stance, a talk radio historian saw little likelihood of a split between Bongino and Cumulus, considering the investments made in his show.
Dan Bongino disclosed in June 2020 his acquisition of an ownership stake in Parler, a social media platform favored by Trump supporters and conservative audiences.