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

  • Josh Tufte is a ‘tough beat’ in boxing

    Posted on: 5:42 pm, October 22, 2012, by , updated on: 08:48pm, October 22, 2012

    Meet Josh Tufte, who is into kickboxing and boxing. The 25-year-old just improved his boxing pro record to 9-0. Danny...
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  • WSSU Rams Basketball

    Posted on: 5:34 pm, October 19, 2012, by , updated on: 05:49pm, October 19, 2012

    Things are heating up for the Winston-Salem State University athletics department. The football team is undefeated and the Rams basketball...
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    WSSU Rams (WGHP)
  • Western Guilford students: ‘Light up a Cure’ for cancer

    Posted on: 4:07 pm, October 15, 2012, by , updated on: 06:47pm, October 15, 2012

    Western Guilford’s mascot is the Hornet and right now there’s a “buzz” around the school’s campus. Students are pulling together...
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  • North Davidson cheerleader fights to walk after car accident

    Posted on: 7:11 pm, October 8, 2012, by , updated on: 06:57am, October 9, 2012

    LEXINGTON, N.C. — Melanie Pell has been a cheerleader since she was 7-years-old. Despite a devastating car accident in June...
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    Cheerleader (WGHP)
  • Elon Basketball Coach puts on dancing shoes

    Posted on: 3:53 pm, October 8, 2012, by , updated on: 09:58pm, October 8, 2012

    Elon Basketball Coach Matt Matheny is putting on his dancin’ shoes to raise money for “Little Pink Houses of Hope,”...
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  • North Davidson students show school spirit at pep rally

    Posted on: 12:33 am, September 30, 2012, by

    Students at North Davidson showed off their school spirit at a pep rally with sumo wrestling, a carnival and other...
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  • Greensboro woman who weighed 733 determined to lose weight

    Posted on: 6:56 pm, August 28, 2012, by , updated on: 06:57pm, August 28, 2012

    Greensboro resident Kelly Mason once weighed 733 pounds. But with the help of a personal trainer, she has become a...
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  • Bounce out the Stigma

    Posted on: 9:52 pm, July 31, 2012, by

    A basketball camp at Wake Forest University called “Bounce out the Stigma” was something really special. These kids said they...
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  • Piedmont man trains for 2016 Olympics

    Posted on: 10:47 pm, July 14, 2012, by

    FOX8 spoke with a Piedmont resident training for the 2016 Olympics in gymnastics. Danny Harnden reports.
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  • Sport with brooms inspired by Harry Potter

    Posted on: 10:38 pm, July 14, 2012, by , updated on: 10:39pm, July 14, 2012

    Could a new sport with brooms inspired by Harry Potter make its way to the Olympics? Danny Harnden reports.
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  • Despite being ‘a kid,’ Harrison Rhodes impressing many on track

    Posted on: 9:43 am, June 26, 2012, by

    Many see Harrison Rhodes walk around the Bowman Gray Stadium garage area and think ‘he’s just a kid.’ Well, he...
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  • FOX8 Fit: Go Far

    Posted on: 7:54 pm, May 16, 2012, by

    ‘Go Far’ is a program geared toward helping children achieve better fitness.  The program started in the Piedmont Triad, but...
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