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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.


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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.  

  • Bright future for HPU Women’s Lacrosse

    HIGH POINT, N.C.– High Point University started a women’s Lacrosse team three years ago, and things have fallen back into place in a hurry! The Panthers have already made the NCAA Tournament!  

  • ECU Pirates arrive in Greensboro

    GREENSBORO, N.C.– We can color the Piedmont purple tonight! The Koury Convention Center in Greensboro will be filled with East Carolina fans! Danny Harden interviews East Carolina University coach Ruffin McNeil.  

  • FOX8 Fit: Greensboro man breaks world record for a good cause

    Many people start to freak out when their 50th birthday approaches. Joey Motsay of Greensboro decided to celebrate by breaking the Guiniess World Record for the farthest car pushed in 24 hours. He plans to push 50 miles to raise $50,000 for Peace Haven Farm.  

  • FOX8 Fit: Trampoline Class

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.– The fitness community has done it again! They’ve come up with another class that’s so much fun, you don’t even realize you’re working out. Danny Harnden checks out Airbound Trampoline Park in Winston-Salem.

  • FOX8 Fit: Club Zumba

    Many fitness enthusiasts turn out  Level5 Fitness’s “Burn and Glow”–a class that combines the Zumba craze with a dance club-like atmosphere. You can find out more about “Burn and Glow” and other classes on Level 5′s website.

  • Ragsdale baseball team cuts their hair for cancer

    JAMESTOWN, N.C. — Hair is very important to a high school kid, but some baseball players from Ragsdale High had it all chopped off for a great cause — fighting childhood cancer. A few members of the Ragsdale High Baseball Team shaved their heads and raised almost $7,500 for the Versus Cancer Foundation.

  • 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.