Daniel Silva was born in Detroit, Michigan. When Silva was seven, his family moved to Merced, California. He grew up as a Catholic.
Silva received his bachelor’s degree from California State University in Fresno and began a series of degree programs in international relations at San Francisco State University, but later went on to work as a journalist at United Place International.
Silva began his writing career in 1984 as a temporary journalist with United Press International. His mission was to cover the Democratic National Convention. Silva was confirmed by United Press International and transferred to Washington D.C. a year later. He was transferred to headquarters. Two years later, he was appointed UPI Middle East correspondent and emigrated to Cairo, Egypt.
Silva returns to Washington, D.C., for a position at the Washington Bureau of the Cable News Network. He has worked as a producer and executive producer on several CNN television programs, including Crossfire and Capital.
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