Dan Le Batard Bio: Wife, Family, Controversies & More!

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Dan Le Batard is a well-known American journalist, radio and television host, and sportswriter.

He is most known for his work on ESPN, where he co-hosted “Highly Questionable” and the chat show “Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz.”

Dan Le Batard
Dan Le Batard (Source: Sportscasting)

Le Batard has received various honors throughout his career and multiple awards, including the Sports Emmy and National Association of Hispanic Journalists Awards.

He also worked for his hometown paper, the Miami Herald, for which he wrote from 1990 to 2016.

Quick Facts

Full Name Dan Le Batard
Nick Name The Hateable Dan Le Batard
Birth Date December 16, 1968
Birth Place Jersey City, New Jersey, United States
Age 55 Years Old
Religion Christian
Nationality American
Education
  • Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory School
  • University of Miami (1990)
Horoscope Sagittarius
Father’s Name Gonzalo Le Batard
Mother’s Name Lourdes Le Batard
Siblings One
Relationship Status Married
Wife Valerie Scheide 
Height 6 ft. 1 in. /1.88 m/188 cm
Weight 78 Kg/171 lbs.
Build Athletic
Shoe Size N/A
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Brown
Profession Journalist, TV and Radio Host
Awards
  • Sports Emmy Award
  • The National Association of Hispanic Journalists Award
Net Worth $25 Million
Broadcasting Affiliations The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz
Social Media Instagram, Twitter
Last Update May 2024

Early Life, Family & Education

Dan Le Batard was born to Gonzalo and Lourdes on December 16, 1968, in Jersey City, New Jersey.

He grew up in a Cuban American family in Miramar, Florida. He has a brother David Le Batard, a Miami-based artist known as LEBO.

Le Batard’s parents are both of Cuban descent. His father, Gonzalo Le Batard, was a writer and journalist who published several books on sports and politics in Cuba before moving to the States.

Before retiring, he was the Miami Herald’s sports columnist and editor.

Le Bartard with his parents
Le Batard With His Parents (Source: Twitter)

Lourdes, Le Batard’s mother, was a teacher.

His parents greatly impacted his life and shaped his interest in sports and media.

Le Batard has expressed his admiration for his parents’ toil in creating a life for themselves in the United States.

Education

Dan attended Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory School in Florida. 

He graduated from the University of Miami with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1990.

During college, he worked for The Miami Herald as a sports columnist and interned for the Los Angeles Times. 

Le Batard’s early experiences in journalism helped shape his career, and he has since become one of the industry’s most respected and recognizable sports personalities.

Age, Height & Body Measurements

Dan Le Batard is 55 years old as of 2024.

The sportswriter stands tall, with a height of 1.88 m. He weighs around 171 lbs. 

His birth sign is Sagittarius. The prominent traits of a Sagittarian are adventure, optimism, honesty, and independence.

Career

TV Host

Dan Le Batard worked with ESPN for many years and contributed to multiple programs. He worked as a guest on programs like Outside the Lines, The Sports Reporters, and College GameDay.

He got the nickname “The Hateable Dan Le Batard” while working as a guest host on the Pardon The Interruption program because of his controversial opinions and unusual attire. 

In September 2011, ESPN launched a show named “Dan Le Batard Is ¿Highly Questionable?” as a part of the “Sports TYalk Block.”

Dan and his father started the show; later, Bomani Jones joined as a host. 

Podcasts

In 2019, ESPN launched a podcast network called The Le Batard and Friends Podcast Network. Le Batard and other ESPN personalities hosted the podcast.

In November 2021, the Company signed with Apple TV+ to produce documentaries and series. 

The Company also produces unscripted sports content. In November 2022, Good Rivals, a soccer documentary series, was released on Amazon Prime Video. 

The Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz

The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz, a sports talk show hosted by Le Batard and Jon ‘Stugotz’ Weiner, aired on local radio on September 1, 2004. 

The talk show made its debut on ESPN on September 30, 2013. It mainly focused on sports news, interviews with sports analysts, athletes, and pop culture. 

Le Bartard & Stugotz
Le Batard & Stugotz (Source: ESPN.com)

Le Batard left ESPN on January 4, 2021, and the radio show went entirely from the network. 

On April 7th, 2023, the final show was recorded in the longtime studio at The Clevelander.

Controversies

In his career, Le Batard has been entangled in multiple disputes.

He became a Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) member in 2014.

On January 9, 2014, the BBWAA banned him for a year because he criticized the BBWAA’s voting process of selecting players having previous drug scandals.

He was also stripped of his Hall of Fame voting privileges as he spoke against the voting process.

On August 7, 2014, Le Batard was suspended for two days by ESPN as he allegedly took out a billboard in Akron, Ohio. The billboard referred to Lebron James‘s return to Cleveland Cavaliers. 

However, on August 11, 2014, Le Batard expressed that the suspension was not for the billboard but to do a live radio transmission. 

In 2018, Zoo Miami wanted to name a baby hippo Le Batard but could not because Disney policy does not allow names after personalities.

The hippo was named after Le Batard on January 5, 2021, a day after he departed from ESPN. 

On July 18, 2019, Le Batard criticized former President Trump’s “Go back” tweets and missed several days of his show before finally making amendments by meeting with the ESPN president. 

Net Worth

The American sportswriter Dan Le Batard has a net worth of $25 million as of 2024.

His professional career as a TV personality, radio host, and sports writer has helped him earn a colossal fortune for decades.

In 2021, he signed a deal with DraftKings for a three-year podcast worth $50 million. 

Dan has his own Company, Meadowlark Media, which raised $12.6 million in 2021 to produce content. 

Relationship Status & Social Media

Le Batard is married to his long-time girlfriend, Valerie Scheide. Valerie is a journalist and art gallerist.

Le Batard with his wife, Valerie
Le Batard With His Wife, Valerie (Source: SocialMiami.com)

The couple married in 2019 and share a beautiful bond to this day. However, they do not have any children yet.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

Where is the Dan Le Batard show filmed?

The Dan le Batard Show with Stugotz is based in Miami and is one of the most famous podcasts in America. 

Does Dan Le Batard have a sibling?

Dan has a brother David Le Batard, a Miami-based artist known as LEBO.

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