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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
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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.

  • Western Alamance power hockey game

    ELON, N.C. — Sometimes stepping out of your comfort zone can be an incredibly rewarding experience. Recently, the Western Alamance football team took to wheelchairs and got humbled during a charity event. Danny Harnden has the story.

  • Lifespan boot camp

    When one finds their true passion in life, special things happen. We found two local people who have this strong desire to help those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The place is called “Lifespan,” the challenge is called “boot camp.” Danny Harnden has the story.

  • Local triathlete still competing despite crash, injuries last year

    THOMASVILLE, N.C. — the All-America City Triathlon goes next Saturday, April 25, in Thomasville. The charity event raises money for many things in the Thomasville area like food for schools and the Memorial Day parade. Danny Harnden reports on the story on one of the competitors who is back despite a terrible accident in last year’s race.

  • Jamestown Middle track athlete an inspiration to others

    JAMESTOWN, N.C. — Christopher Coke doesn’t enter the “why me” talk. This kid who was born with so many obstacles in his way, has found joy in beating the odds. He’s “Mr. Perseverance.” Danny Harnden reports.

  • FOX8 talks Masters with Greensboro’s Scott Harvey

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — It’s a dream of every person who loves to golf. Playing in the Masters and maybe even winning that green jacket. Greensboro’s Scott Harvey is a long-shot to pull that off, but he’s thrilled just to be in the field. He talked recently with FOX8’s Danny Harnden.

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