We wouldn't ask, and don't really care, except that the ebullient Associate News Director and longtime reporter has claimed for years, to his peers, and even to P-I reporter Kristin Dizon that he attended and graduated from Harvard University.
But Harvard says they never heard of him.
In a bio still cached on the old KIRO website he wrote: "Born in beautiful New Jersey and schooled at Tufts and Harvard Universities, Dan Restione came west in the late 80's and was thrust upon an unsuspecting broadcast world in 1989."
He's told others at KIRO he smoked dope with Noam Chomsky at Harvard, and got a degree in German history.
Tufts University verifies that he attended the school for a couple of years in the early eighties but Harvard registrar staff assistant Sheryl Nicolas told BlatherWatch she did not find him in the records of the school of Arts and Science as a grad or undergrad student. No record of him in extensions or adult education; certainly no degree.
Restione told us today by e-mail: "Yeah- I was at Tufts and Harvard back in the early 80's ... I shifted after taking Harvard's Japanese program."
Nicolas says Harvard has no Japanese program.
We asked him directly if he had a college degree. He has not responded.
We were alerted to this last week when we reported Restione's KIRO blog post crowed about KIRO's cozy access to Mayor Greg Nickels, and used some colorful metaphors that rankled not only readers, but also KIRO management whose sensibilities are fresh out of Salt Lake City.
We were contacted by a person who said they were a Harvard grad, and that Restione was a fake; and it was not known widely enough (for him) that the Seattle Post Intelligencer had uncovered it.
The story, a feature by Dizon about Restione's 2003 participation in the reality show, Extreme Makeover, had this correction: "Editor's Note: In the original version of this story, Restione was identified as a graduate of Harvard University, but the university has no record of his attendance there."
We're not sure if Restione used his false Harvard degree to get hired at KIRO way back when, but it's certainly been part of his personal narrative.
Did KIRO know about the P-I's discovery? We don't know that, either. Perhaps not -- his promotions and success around the news shop seem contradictory to an organization whose mission is truth-seeking.