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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
  • Keenan Allen’s Pro Day

    GREENSBORO, N.C.–Pro Day is one of the most important days for potential professional football players–it’s their workout before NFL scouts and coaches. Danny Harden was there at Proehlific Park in Greensboro when scouts and coaches were there to see former Northern Guilford star Keenan Allen.  

  • WSSU football gets back to work

    What do you do if you’re the Winston-Salem State Football team and you’re coming off the best season in the school’s history? You go back to work and try to take it one more step–and win a national championship.

  • Greensboro hockey team heads to national championship

    A group of local high school students are taking a trip to the Detroit to area to play in a big time hockey tournament. Greensboro is one of the 16 teams in the 16 and under division to play at the championship. Their first game is against South Dakota on Wednesday.

  • Two Triad cheer squads win big at nationals

    High school cheerleading has become quite the hit across the Triad. Forbush High School and Davie County High now own the title of world champions.  

  • State High School Basketball Championship round-up

    The high school basketball season ended on Saturday and as Danny Harnden shows us, the Piedmont-Triad did very well with bringing home the hardware. State High School Basketball Championship round-up

  • David Thompson comes to town

    David Thompson is one of the best players in the history of the ACC–and was player of the year in his day. He was in the Piedmont today speaking at McMichael High School  

  • FOX8 Fit: One-on-one with Jillian Michaels

    Danny Harnden talks to fitness guru Jillian Michaels about her new book, “Slim for Life”.

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    ACC Legend Jen Hoover is living the dream

    Jen Hoover is living a dream coaching at her alma mater, Wake Forest. Back in the day, she was Jenny Mitchell a star in Wake Forest’s Women’s Basketball. She is still the school’s all time leader in points and rebounds and led the Lady Deacons to their only trip to the NCAA Tournament in 1988. Danny Harnden recently talked with Jen about her basketball career, the ACC Tournament and coaching.

  • Could HPU make it to the Big Dance?

    Just imagine if High Point University won three games in the Big South Tournament and won the title game, giving them their first trip to the Big Dance ever. What kind of impact would that have?

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    Mt. Tabor point guard on the move

    WINSTON-SALEM–Matty Madigan runs the show for the Mt. Tabor Spartans. Put him on most other high school teams and he’d average 25 points a game, but Tabor is so talented, he acts as a passer and facilitator, but he can also score, and score big when needed. Madigan and Mt. Tabor are hoping to score big in the second round of the State High School Basketball Playoffs on Wednesday night.

  • Meet Miranda Peeples, local MMA fighter

    MMA is so violent, that many considerate it a male-only sport. Danny Harnden found King native Miranda Peeples, who feels right at home in the cage. Peeples is training for a fight on March 23 in West Virginia. She’s working on all parts of her game including the moi tai, brazilian jui jitsu, wrestling, and boxing.

  • FOX8 Fit: Run across North Carolina

    This month, Dan Phillips will begin a long race for a cause. His 650 mile run will raise awareness to help hungry kids through the No Hungry Kids Campaign. You can keep up with his progress here.


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