The face of BBC Breakfast and Football Focus talked to students at the University of Chester about his life as a journalist, on TV and radio.
Dan Walker, spoke to students studying media related programmes about working for the BBC, how he prepares for interviews and what it was like to report from the Olympics in Rio this summer.
Dan also gave advice to students about being creative, finding a niche to write about and becoming an expert, and highlighted the importance of accurate spelling in correspondence to potential employers.
The visit was arranged by programme leader of the radio production programme Michelle Ponting, who is a former colleague of Dan’s.
She said: “I have been asking Dan to come and speak to the students for a while. He works in both TV and radio and I knew he would be a great speaker.
“He gave great advice, which will be really useful to our students in helping them pursue their chosen careers, such as doing lots of blog writing if they want to be writers and practising lots if they want to get into presenting. The students were excited for his appearance and they all thought it was great that he gave up his time to speak to them.”
Dan is the latest in a line-up of influential guest speakers and personalities from the media industry, to visit the university and speak to the students.
Other personalities have recently included: John Longbottom – news and online editor of Kerrang!; TV producers Jed Clarke and Cat Lewis; Daily Mirror journalist David Maddock; Richard Maddock – commissioning editor at BBC Radio 5 Live; Chris Rick – content director at Radio City; Steve Hothersall – City Talk breakfast presenter and Jon Keighren - sports commentator.
BBC Breakfast presenter, and honorary graduate of the University, Dr Louise Minchin, is due to give a public lecture at the Warrington Campus in January.