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
  • Kernersville teen makes incredible comeback after horrific car wreck

    KERNERSVILLE, N.C. – It’s an incredible comeback story. Just five weeks after clinging to life after a horrible car accident, 17-year-old Kernersville resident Jeffrey Branch is back in the gym doing what he loves, shooting hoops. His father, Allen Branch, owner of Fitness One Training Systems, was shocked when he saw his son in the hospital on June 14th. “When we walked in it was full neck brace, breathing tube completely unresponsive and it wasn’t a pretty sight,” he said. […]

  • Piedmont man continues passion of running despite losing leg, most of eyesight

    What do you do when life keeps throwing trials and tribulations at you and it seems like it’s never going to stop? Well, if you’re Triad resident Dawson Hart, you keep smiling and you keep on going. Danny Harnden has his inspirational story.

  • Clinic helps Piedmont residents with physical limitations learn to golf

    FOX8’s Danny Harnden shines the spotlight on a clinic in the Piedmont Triad that is helping some golfers with limitations and they seem to be falling in love with the sport.

  • Elon baseball team shaves heads to benefit former soccer standout’s clinical trial for cancer

    The Elon baseball team doesn’t schedule haircuts during the season because they save up for a grand finale at the end. That particular haircut is part of a fundraiser to help fight cancer. This year’s event hit close to home for the entire Elon sports family.

  • Local field hockey players set world record for longest game ever

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — FOX8 has done a number of stories on local people setting world records; like the longest ride on an indoor bike or the longest car pull. This story features a bunch of field hockey players who came together and dealt with a lot of obstacles to go after a world record. Twenty-seven players broke a Guinness World Record for the longest field hockey game ever played — 51 hours! The original record of 40 hours was set […]

  • Cyclists ride to support this ‘oldie but goodie’ – the steel-framed bike

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Cyclists in Greensboro this past weekend organized a 22-mile ride to bring attention to the kind of bike that used to be king — steel-framed bikes. There are basically four kinds of bikes — carbon-fiber, aluminum, titanium and steel. These cyclists call the steel-framed bike an “oldie but goodie.”    

  • Cheer Extreme puts together some of the best routines in the sport

    KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — Competitive cheerleading has become so big, the world championships are shown on ESPN. And around here, Cheer Extreme in Kernersville continues to put together some of the best routines in the sport. Danny Harnden has the story on this organization that is always in the mix for a title.

  • Navy rowing team training at Oak Hollow Lake

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — Folks around the Piedmont Triad know how special Oak Hollow Lake is, for so many different reasons. And now a collegiate rowing team has found that it’s the perfect place for some intense training. Danny Harnden has the story on the ladies from Navy.

  • Lady Aggies trying to win NCAA bowling championship

    When you think of North Carolina A&T Aggie athletics, what comes to mind… maybe the football team? But all the A&T sports teams have big-time “Aggie Pride,” especially the lady bowlers, who are trying to do something that’s never been done at the school. Win an NCAA championship.

  • Players react after NC State defeats Wake Forest 75-72

    WASHINGTON — North Carolina State defeated Wake Forest in the first round of the ACC Tournament on Tuesday. FOX8’s Danny Harnden spoke to the players following the game.

  • Teams practice ahead of ACC Tournament

    WASHINGTON — When you’re playing on the opening day of the ACC Tournament it’s not a good sign. It means you’ve had a rough season. For NC State, lots of growing pains, and it ended up with a 13th place finish in the conference standings. But for Wake Forest, it was worse, much worse. The Deacons lost 14 of the final 15 games. They finished up with a lowly 2-16 ACC record. Their only conference wins? Over 0-18 Boston College […]

  • She photographs the Carolina Panthers, one click at a time

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — After interning at four different newspapers, Melissa Melvin Rodriguez got a call that would take her photography career in a new direction. It was a call from the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers hired her to become their team photographer. And there she is, at each game, highlighting the players one click at a time.