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
  • 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.

  • Greensboro man celebrates 70th birthday on treadmill

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — James Dail, Ph.D. did something unique for his 70th birthday. The Greensboro man  hopped aboard a treadmill — and briskly walked for seven hours — for a total of 32.5 miles. It’s no surprise for Dail, who lives a life of clean eating and working out.

  • Youth learn Parkour tumbling in Greensboro

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Check out these Greensboro kids flipping and tumbling — known as Parkour — at Tumblebees in Greensboro.

  • Winston-Salem boy born with eye problems racing BMX bikes

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — Dylan Calkins, 7, of Winston-Salem, has been on an incredible roller coaster ride. And now he’s riding in the fast lane on his bike. Danny Harnden reports.

  • Carolina Panthers take elementary school students on shopping spree

    CONCORD, N.C. — It was a day off for the Carolina Panthers as they rest up for Sunday’s game against Atlanta. Some of the Panthers went Christmas shopping at Concord Mills, not for themselves but with a group of kids. FOX8 was there for all the fun. They made a grand entrance — 30 fifth graders from A.T. Allen Elementary School. They had no idea what was on the agenda at Academy Sports. “We just walked through the door and […]

  • HPU baseball, Boys and Girls Club have Thanksgiving meal

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — The High Point University baseball team has some huge fans who come in little packages: the kids from a local Boys and Girls Club. The chemistry between the adults and the young ones is just amazing. Danny Harnden reports.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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!