McGarry has lived and worked in Vanuatu for over a decade, and is fluent in Bislama, French and English.
He has written weekly columns for the Daily Post and the Independent in the past, and has published regularly in a number of other online and print publications since then, including the Vanuatu section of the Economist Intelligence Unit, an online service provided by the world-famous publication.
His photography has also been seen on the Humans of Vanuatu Facebook page, which has over 20,000 devoted fans.
He provided much of the photographic and video records of the damage of cyclone Pam in the days immediately following the disaster. His photos were carried on wire services around the world, and his video was featured on CNN, BBC, and other global media sites.
He has been interviewed by Radio Australia, Al Jazeera, CNN, BBC and other media outlets.
Most people will know him from his nom de plume of Graham Crumb, which he has used since 1994.
“I worked mostly in IT for many years,” says Dan, explaining the pseudonym, “and it just made sense to hang a polite veil between my technical work and my writing and photography. Now there’s no need for it.”
“Writing was my first love—it’s what I studied in University—and it’s nice finally to be able to do it full-time.”
Reporting to the Publisher and the owners, he assumes responsibility for all news and editorial content in all media outlets operated by Trading Post Ltd.
This includes the Daily Post newspaper, BuzzFM 96, the company’s online presence and its other visual and presentation media.
With over twenty years experience with online technologies, one of McGarry’s first tasks is to help with the Daily Post’s online presence.
“I’m both excited and humbled by the prospect of working in an institution like the Daily Post,” he said. “It’s been the newspaper of record for years with a record of fearless truth-telling.
“I want to do my best to ensure its authority and reputability in the years to come.”