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.
ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. — A 16-year-old junior at Western Alamance High School is inspiring others with his swimming. It’s not just the times that Joe Murray posts or the number of medals he may win, it’s the fact that he’s doing it all while missing part of his right leg. Joe was born at 35 weeks and doctors noticed a blood flow problem in the right leg. Four weeks later, the leg was amputated. “I knew regardless, limb or no […]
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Greensboro’s Zach Vaslow says he does his best thinking when he’s out on a long run The 34-year-old is the medical director of neuro-oncologoy at Cone Health Cancer Center. On a normal day, Vaslow will run six miles before work, and 10 more miles at night after his kids go to bed. In all, he’s running over 100 miles a week. But he’s not doing it just for the escape or to stay in shape. Vaslow is […]
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Some local Special Olympics golfers are gearing up for the big state tournament coming up in a couple of weeks. And a number of them got some tips from some PGA teaching pros at Rick Murphy Academy in Greensboro. Tyler Butcher said, “You just get out there and try to do your best is what I say.” Sally Morgan, the director of marketing for the Carolinas PGA added about this special teaching day, “It’s incredibly rewarding to […]
BLACKSBURG, Va. — FOX8 has been covering Hendon Hooker since his days as a football and basketball star at Dudley High School. After an interesting last few years, Hooker is now the starting quarterback at Virginia Tech and he’s led them to wins in his two starts. Hooker’s father was a star quarterback at North Carolina A&T and his younger brother is a quarterback at Ragsdale High School. Hooker was destined to be a quarterback. “I guess when you live […]
HIGH POINT, N.C. — Oak Hollow Lake is becoming a hot spot for competition. “This is one of the best rowing venues for rowing in the world and I’m not just saying that. Oak Hollow just works for rowing,” said Bill Kininmonth, of the Triad United Rowing Association. And it sure worked for rowing this past weekend when Oak Hollow hosted the High Point Autumn Festival with over 600 competitors. This venue is already super and now this great news: […]
DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — Parents love it when their children find their passion and then run with that passion 100 percent. That’s the case with the Neal family of Davidson County. Jax, 9, is all in when it comes to skateboarding. “My goal is to go pro,” Jax said. His mother Whitney adds, “If you wake up and all you can think about is skateboarding you’re meant to be a skateboarder — it’s in his heart, in his soul.” Jax […]
Since 2008, local boating enthusiast Greg Hodgin has been taking kids from local children’s homes out on the water for a day of water skiing and wakeboarding. His Wake the World program has now added those with disabilities. Recently, Wake the World Adaptive allowed Robert Baez, who broke his back 10 years ago in a car accident, to fly across the water in a special water skiing cage. “Yeah, it was cool going that fast,” Baez said. “I’m pretty fast […]
RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — Ever since Katniss from the Hunger Games trilogy made it cool to shoot a bow and arrow, young girls have wanted to learn how to do it. Now there’s a camp in Randolph County that takes that activity to the next level. Young girls are learning to shoot a bow and arrow while riding a horse. “I kind of knew how to do archery, but I’ve never heard of doing it on a horse,” 11-year old […]
DAVIE COUNTY, N.C. — Davie County’s Michael Key grew up dreaming about playing in the NBA. Now after years and years of hard work, he’s living that dream as one of the best players in the world. Not on an actual basketball court, but through a video game. “Millions of people play this game, a lot of people play NBA 2K and if you’re recognized as one of the top players in the world, that feeling is amazing,” Key said. […]
High Point, N.C. — The High Point Rockers are known for their baseball but it’s another “ball” game that is bringing in so many more fans to BB&T Point: kickball. Yes, the Rockers host an adult co-ed kickball league that can be an incredible bonding experience for local businesses. “I love it. I love the dynamic we all can bring to the team. Men and women both working together finding strengths and weaknesses,” said Rachel Powell, a player. “It’s awesome […]
Brian Robinson knows a thing or two about winning basketball games. He led the Bishop McGuinness girls team to an amazing nine consecutive state championships. He’s also been selected as one of four regional directors around the country for USA Basketball. “We understand that one size doesn’t fit all. AAU has their space: high school, middle school. But USA Basketball covers all of that. They’re trying to teach all groups you can play this way when you go to the […]
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The name? Amber Lynn. Her game: racing. Lynn is one of the big stories this season at Bowman Gray Stadium. Lynn is talented and tough and she needs to be tough because sometimes the guys will challenge her. “I’m not going to be pushed around because after 12 years of doing this I know that boys say they don’t mind having a female around but they do and that’s OK, that’s fine,” she said. “Once you put a helmet […]