Danny Harnden

Sports Anchor

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

  • Two Triad cheer squads win big at nationals

    Posted on: 5:47 pm, March 22, 2013, by

    High school cheerleading has become quite the hit across the Triad. Forbush High School and Davie County High now own...
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  • State High School Basketball Championship round-up

    Posted on: 7:24 pm, March 19, 2013, by and

    The high school basketball season ended on Saturday and as Danny Harnden shows us, the Piedmont-Triad did very well with...
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  • David Thompson comes to town

    Posted on: 5:59 pm, March 12, 2013, by

    David Thompson is one of the best players in the history of the ACC–and was player of the year in...
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  • FOX8 Fit: One-on-one with Jillian Michaels

    Posted on: 6:06 pm, March 8, 2013, by

    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

    Posted on: 5:58 pm, March 5, 2013, by and

    Jen Hoover is living a dream coaching at her alma mater, Wake Forest. Back in the day, she was Jenny...
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  • Could HPU make it to the Big Dance?

    Posted on: 6:19 pm, March 1, 2013, by

    Just imagine if High Point University won three games in the Big South Tournament and won the title game, giving...
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  • Mt. Tabor point guard on the move

    Posted on: 6:04 pm, February 27, 2013, by , updated on: 06:05pm, February 27, 2013

    WINSTON-SALEM–Matty Madigan runs the show for the Mt. Tabor Spartans. Put him on most other high school teams and he’d...
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  • Meet Miranda Peeples, local MMA fighter

    Posted on: 6:06 pm, February 19, 2013, by , updated on: 06:08pm, February 19, 2013

    MMA is so violent, that many considerate it a male-only sport. Danny Harnden found King native Miranda Peeples, who feels...
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  • FOX8 Fit: Run across North Carolina

    Posted on: 5:46 pm, February 18, 2013, by

    This month, Dan Phillips will begin a long race for a cause. His 650 mile run will raise awareness to...
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  • Wesleyan Christian grad is ready for the big leagues

    Posted on: 6:03 pm, February 15, 2013, by , updated on: 06:04pm, February 15, 2013

    If he were a basketball player, he would be in the NBA already. If he were a football player, he...
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  • FOX8 Fit: Marathon Relay

    Posted on: 5:50 pm, February 12, 2013, by

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — The thought of running a marathon can be overwhelming. Luckily, a few friends teamed up to run...
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  • Vandalia Christian School’s comeback kid

    Posted on: 5:42 pm, February 1, 2013, by

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Vandalia Christian School is a close-knit family. Now, with one of their athletes—Will Zimmerman–battling Leukemia, it has...
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