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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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    WSSU Rams Basketball

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    North Davidson cheerleader fights to walk after car accident

    LEXINGTON, N.C. — Melanie Pell has been a cheerleader since she was 7-years-old. Despite a devastating car accident in June and the multiple surgeries that followed, the 17-year-old is still cheering from her wheelchair at each of North Davidson High School’s sporting events. “I broke both femurs, both tibias, two bones in my left foot, one in my right foot, and my radius and my left arm,” Pell said.  Pell’s mother, Samantha Ziglar, was working in the trauma unit at […]

  • Elon Basketball Coach puts on dancing shoes

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    Greensboro woman who weighed 733 determined to lose weight

    Greensboro resident Kelly Mason once weighed 733 pounds. But with the help of a personal trainer, she has become a regular at the gym and is now down to 602. She said she moved to Greensboro from New Jersey three years ago, thinking she needed a change. She said she eventually started going to “The Club,” which is where she met her trainer Robin and they hit it off right away. Mason said she is now on the “exercise more, […]

  • Bounce out the Stigma

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  • Sport with brooms inspired by Harry Potter

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    Despite being ‘a kid,’ Harrison Rhodes impressing many on track

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  • FOX8 Fit: Go Far

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