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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.


Recent Articles
  • Clay Campbell: Martinsville Speedway track president, driver

    MARTINSVILLE, Va. — The Sprint Cup Series comes to Martinsville this Sunday. The short track opened up way back in 1947 by Clay Earles and it has now been passed on to his grandson Clay Campbell, who not only runs things there but makes a couple of getaways each year to race himself. Danny Harnden has the story.

  • RC cars at Haw River

    HAW RIVER, N.C. — So many people here in North Carolina dream of being a race car driver. And some of those are doing it on a miniature basis with remote controlled cars. Danny Harnden has the story on an RC indoor track that is packed when it’s race time.

  • Stan Cotten: ‘Voice of the Deacons’

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — When Wake Forest fans hear that voice, they know it’s game time. Stan Cotten is the “Voice of the Deacons” and has been for almost two decades. Danny Harnden reports.

  • CrossFit woman ready to have baby

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — For anyone who works out several times a week it can be frustrating when, for some reason, you notice you just can’t lift as much weight or run as fast as you used to. One CrossFitter in Greensboro says she’s going through that. But it’s not because she’s injured or not eating right. She’s just eight months pregnant. Danny Harnden has more.

  • Local ‘karate kid’ does it all

    LEXINGTON, N.C. — It’s amazing when a kid sets goals early in life and then goes on to achieve them. Carson Lay took the disciplines he learned from karate and put them into use in every part of his life. Danny Harnden has the story.

  • Smith’s wrestling turnaround

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — It’s one of those great “rags to riches” stories. Three years ago the Smith High School wrestling team was down, really down, as in: couldn’t win a single match. But as Danny Harnden tell us, an incredible transformation has taken place and the Eagles are now flying high.

  • Ragsdale’s little man with big dreams

    JAMESTOWN, N.C. — Muggsy Bogues was just 5 feet 3 inches tall but played in the NBA for 14 seasons. Spud Webb, at 5 feet 7 inches, won an NBA Slam Dunk Title. Both have been role models for basketball players like Brian Free of Ragsdale. As Danny Harnden tells us, Brian still has a way to go to even reach that 5-foot mark but he’s earned the starting point guard job.

  • Miss Marie still going strong at High Point Gymnastics

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — High Point Gymnastics has been a second home for many athletes over the past three decades. And if they started very young, they worked with Marie Travers, aka Miss Marie. Marie is still going strong at age 85.

  • Local Long Drive Championship finalist 13 inches from $250K

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — A few weeks ago we brought you the story of Greensboro’s Jeff Crittenden. He’s one of the longest drivers of the golf ball in the world. We met Crittenden over at Grandover, one of the few driving ranges that he’s allowed to hit on as he was practicing up for the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship in Las Vegas. Crittenden is back from that competition and the winner took home the jackpot of a quarter of […]

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    John Isner charity event raises money for Lineberger Cancer Center

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — John Isner still remembers that phone call from his mom that rocked his world during his freshman year at Georgia. That was when Karen Isner told John she had colon cancer. That was in 2004, the cancer returned in 2007, but now Karen is doing great. That’s what the Dec. 7 exhibition match at UNCG was all about. Isner, the highest ranked American tennis player taking on the former world No. 1, Andy Roddick. A fundraiser for […]

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    Power lifting team of special needs adults

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — There is an interesting, inspiring thing going on over at the Al Lowe Boxing Gym in Greensboro. A group of eight adults with special needs have formed the Red Menace Power Lifting Team. The boxers and these athletes inspires each other. Practice is every Thursday night at 6:30 and the team is looking to expand.

  • Talking racing with Sprint Cup champ Brad Keselowski

    The Charlotte Motor Speedway will be busy the next two weekends with the All-Star Race and Coca-Cola 600. Danny Harden talks racing with the defending Sprint Cup Champion Brad Keselowski.  

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