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Danny Harnden returned to the east coast in 2001 after “wandering in the desert” for 20 years. Born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia as the youngest of six kids, Danny went west to attend Arizona State University in the fall of 1982. He played one year of J.V. baseball for the Sun Devils before becoming “Sparky” the ASU mascot for two years.

After graduation Danny got his first TV job moving down to cover ASU’s rival, the Arizona Wildcats in Tucson. He was lucky enough to attend 3 Final Fours with the Cats including their incredible run to the 1997 National Championship. Danny stayed at KVOA-TV for 15 years before accepting the job here at FOX8.

Danny met his wife Sandy in May of 1994 at a Phoenix Suns/Houston Rockets playoff game. The sports guy from Tucson and the news producer from Phoenix hit it off and got engaged 6 weeks after their first date and were married in six months. Danny and Sandy have two children Jeffrey and Kelliann. Danny enjoys chicken wings, homemade chocolate chip cookies, Diet Coke, wide fairways, tennis, the sound of a “swish”, talking to community groups, attending Westover Church and hanging out with his family.

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    More women taking on mountain biking

    Here in the Piedmont Triad, there are so many places to grab your bike and take the challenge of riding the trails in the woods. As Danny Harnden found out, this once male-dominated sport is now seeing a lot more ladies loving it too.

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    Local teams show talent, sportsmanship in state volleyball championships

    RALEIGH, N.C. — Time to shine the light on the ladies competing for state championships in volleyball this past weekend in Raleigh. Our three local teams showed talent and the ability to perform in a pressure-filled atmosphere. Plus, incredible sportsmanship when it was all over.

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    Greensboro CPA also a competitive motorcycle rider

    During the week, a local lady has a need to be very accurate with numbers. On the weekend, she’s worried about numbers too, like how fast her motorcycle will go. Danny Harnden has the story on Donna Gardner.

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    Jack Nicklaus sits down with FOX8 at Furnitureland South

    JAMESTOWN, N.C. — Jack Nicklaus, widely considered the greatest golfer of all time with 18 majors, visited Furnitureland South to talk about a big fundraising event. This fundraising event at Sedgefield Country Club is a gala and a golf tournament, that could raise close to a quarter-million dollars. FOX8’s Danny Harnden sat down recently with “The Golden Bear.”

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    Feeding a football team: The Panthers’ chef

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It’s a cat fight on Sunday, as the Panthers battle the Jaguars in Jacksonville here on FOX8 for the season opener. The Panthers spent almost a month at training camp. The MVP might have been the chef. As Danny Harnden explains, the players, coaches and staff all eat right!

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    Meet the North Carolina 3-point phenom who took the Internet by storm

    WILKES COUNTY, N.C. — It’s one of the best sounds in sports and Leah Church can deliver it. A swish is normal, a make touching the rim is cause for concern and a miss is almost shocking. This 17-year-old from Wilkes County is that good. She can do this all day long. Leah took the Internet by storm last week when a video made the rounds online showing her hitting 120 3-pointers in five minutes.

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    Motorcycle racer Jessica Patterson visits the Piedmont

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — When you think of racing around a dirt track on a suped up motorcycle — flying over crazy jumps — you may not think it’s a place for little girls. But one of the best of all time, Jessica Patterson, fell in love with this sport at an early age. Patterson visited the Piedmont recently and our Danny Harnden tells us how her career is headed in a new direction.

  • Volunteers help make Wyndham Championship possible

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Wyndham Championship is more than a golf tournament. It’s a yearly extravaganza that takes so many volunteers to make it happen. Leading the charge, kind of like the head coach of the volunteers is Carolyn Walters. When the PGA tour comes to Greensboro, Walters is always in the mix. She first started volunteering at this tournament way back in 1993 when it was called the Kmart Greater Greensboro Open. Twenty-two years later, it has a different […]

  • Mountain biking in the Triad

    Mountain biking is tough. You’re encountering rough terrain, scary downhill descents, brutal uphill climbs and you always face the unknown in the woods. As Danny Harnden shows us, that sounds like a perfect sport for a couple of local ladies.

  • Rico Abreu at Bowman Gray

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — One of the young rising stars in NASCAR stands just 4 feet 4 inches tall. How is that even possible? Well, you can go see for yourself this Saturday night because Rico Abreu will be driving at Bowman Gray Stadium.

  • Tevin Quick ‘jumps’ into the spotlight

    JAMESTOWN, N.C. — Ragsdale High is in the running to win this Saturday’s 4A boy’s state track and field championship. And they guy who has a chance to rack up some bigtime points is senior Tevin Quick. As Danny Harnden reports, Tevin can jump with the best of them.

  • The inspirational Hanna O’Brien

    Being a role model when you’re still in high school, that can be a heavy load to carry, but not for one young lady here in North Carolina. Danny Harnden has the story on Hanna O’Brien, an amputee who keeps inspiring people everywhere she goes.


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