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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
  • Jim Cox retires from SE Guilford

    GUILFORD CO., N.C. — Jim Cox is a coaching legend at Southeast Guilford High School. He’s coached wrestling there for the past 22 years. Before that, he coached for 17 years in South Carolina. Wrestling has been his calling and passion, but now it’s time to walk away as he faces knee replacement surgery.

  • Local Ravens fan heading to Super Bowl

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — The Super Bowl Game on Sunday is a sellout, with average price of tickets topping more than $3700. Joe Cristy, a Baltimore Raven’s super fan from High Point, will be in the Superdome watching his favorite team win the Super Bowl.

  • Fox8 Fit: Tracking Kelly Mason’s weight loss journey

    Danny Harden catches up with Kelly Mason, a local woman we have been following during her weight loss journey. If you are interested in helping Kelly along her journey, you can email her at kataya99@hotmail.com.

  • Future Tar Heel star of MLK Classic

    OXFORD, N.C. — His name is Isaiah Hicks, a 6 foot 9 inch senior at Oxford Webb High School. He has already signed on to play for North Carolina next season and he is the star of this year’s MLK Classic.  

  • Eastern Alamance 50 year reunion

    MEBANE, N.C. — Eastern Alamance High School celebrated it’s 50th birthday in a big way during the football season, and FOX8 was there last week when the 1963 basketball team came home.  

  • Fox8 Fit: Treadmill desk in action

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — As a college professor in the Exercise Science Department at High Point University, Dan Tarara is accustomed to walking around campus. However, his walking doesn’t stop when he goes into his office. About two years ago, he made a significant change and dumped his traditional desk for a treadmill desk.  

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    Leach leads undefeated Southwest Guilford basketball

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — The Southwest Guilford boys basketball team is off to an amazing 14-0 start. A surprise to many, but not the Cowboys. They’re led by the high flying, high scoring Terrell Leach      

  • Connell Maynor leads WSSU into the Division Two playoffs

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Coach Connell Maynor is leading Winston-Salem State into the Division Two playoffs. His Rams faced some big adversity in Saturday’s CIAA Championship game against Elizabeth City State, losing his quarterback and a couple of offensive linemen to injuries. Ram nation was getting nervous. But Winston-Salem State rallied to win the conference title. Then the next day, they gathered to watch the Division two selection show. The rams got a first round bye and home field advantage all […]

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    Cheering from the Chair: Davidson County cheerleader walks

    North Davidson High School student Melanie Pell has been a cheerleader since she was 7-years-old. But after a devastating car wreck on June 29 and multiple surgeries, the 17-year-old was forced to cheer in a wheelchair. She continued to cheer at all her school’s sporting events and is a big inspiration to the North Davidson community. She said her number one goal throughout the entire recovery was that she wanted to walk. Watch her take steps from the FOX8 studio […]

  • Zombie Run (WGHP)

    FOX8 Fit: Zombie Run

    Running for miles on a treadmill is a great way to get into shape, but it’s not all that fun. This past weekend, people looking for a way to add more excitement to their workout met in Greensboro for the 2012 Zombie Run. Danny Harnden reports.

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    McMichael High School brings home singles tennis title

    As the Grimsley girls prepare to play for the state’s team tennis tittle this weekend, a local student from McMichael High School has already came out on top during the singles competition last Saturday. Danny Harnden spoke with Masey Demoss, who’s definitely queen of the court.

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    The Archdale Trinity Panthers

    Every weekend football takes over — high school games are on Fridays, college on Saturday, followed by the NFL on Sunday. The game itself has never been more popular than it is right now, even amongst 7 and 8-year-olds, looking for a serious game of football. Danny Harnden reports.