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Danny Concannon is the senior White House Correspondent for the Washington Post. He is portrayed by Timothy Busfield.


Danny Concannon is a Pulitzer-winning political reporter and the senior White House correspondent for the Washington Post at the start of the show, having covered the White House for over seven years. Like President Bartlet, Danny is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame (The Portland Trip).

The most defining trait of his character was his long-standing on-again/off-again romance with White House Press Secretary turned White House Chief of Staff, C.J. Cregg. The most famous moment of their relationship is the fact that he purchased the goldfish Gail for CJ during season one, having misunderstood Josh Lyman's statement about CJ liking Goldfish. Gail is seen on her desk for the rest of the series, usually with a new, thematically-relevant decoration in the bowl every week.

Danny was the correspondent who was the most steadfastly supportive of the Bartlet administration, and he appeared to have a good friendship with President Josiah Bartlet, Leo McGarry, Charlie Young and Josh Lyman as well. Most of these friendships are implied to have begun while he was a reporter following the Bartlet Campaign prior to President Bartlet's first term in office.

Career Edit

He is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has been a White House Correspondent under three administrations and has covered the White House for the New York Times, the Washington Post, TIME Magazine, and the Dallas Morning News (What Kind of Day Has It Been?). He is acknowledged by the White House Press Corps as the Bartlet administration's favorite reporter, and the correspondent most likely to be given an exclusive with the Press Secretary, the President, or one of the Senior Staff. He was used by C.J. as an example of an ideal reporter even when he was no longer in the Briefing Room.

Danny returns to the Briefing Room after a lengthy absence during the first Christmas Season of President Bartlet's second term as President in 2002 (Holy Night). While C.J. is happy to see him, their reunion is complicated due to Danny's reveal: he's investigating and writing a story on the Administration's possible order to assassinate Qumari Defense minister Abdul Sharif, in violation of the United States and international law.  He gets the needed links connecting the Administration to Sharif's death but agrees to delay posting due to threats. During Zoey Bartlet's kidnapping, C.J. tells Danny to publish his story ahead of the planned release by then-President Walken, showing her dedication to him despite the risk it posed for her own career.  

As President Bartlet prepared to leave the White House, Danny reappears once again and asks C.J. on a date, where he reveals his plans to quit reporting, citing recent disillusion with where the profession is going (Internal Displacement). He and C.J. rekindle their romance after Leo's death, continuing to see each other during the Transition as Bartlet prepared to leave the White House. C.J. is hesitant to let things get serious before Inauguration, to the point Danny, who understands the demands of her job, questions her commitment to him or their relationship. It comes to a head when she is ready to take a job with the Santos Administration out of duty and without consulting him first — especially when Franklin Hollis has offered her a more exciting and attractive offer to him. Despite all of this, they talk things through with C.J. eventually realizing she doesn't want to work in the White House anymore: she'd rather take Hollis' offer and start anew with Danny elsewhere (Institutional Memory).

After the Bartlet administration comes to an end, Danny moves to Santa Monica, California, alongside C.J Last we hear of Danny, he is in California, where he'll pick C.J. up from LAX the following morning (Tomorrow). By the time of the Bartlet Presidential Library dedication, taking three years in the future (circa 2009-2010), Danny and C.J. are married and have a baby together (The Ticket).