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Dan Daru is a reporter on FOX31 Denver & Colorado’s Own Channel 2.

Born in Detroit, Michigan. Moved to Denver as a wee lad.
Attended John F. Kennedy High School in Denver.

Applied Science degree in Criminology, Red Rocks Community College
Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, Metropolitan State University of Denver
Bachelor of Arts in Communications, Metropolitan State University of Denver

First TV job in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina as a news photographer
Chief Photographer at KBAK in Bakersfield, California
General Assignment reporter, KWGN, Channel 2
General Assignment reporter, KDVR Fox 31, Denver

Favorite story: WWII Soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division

Bike riding, WWII history, collecting for fun.
Dean Martin, martinis and good cigars for memories.

You can email Dan at Dan.Daru@KDVR.com

Recent Articles
  • Emerald Ash Borer population on the rise in Boulder County

    DENVER — When it comes to Colorado, one bug is public enemy number one: the Emerald Ash Borer. “This is a bad bug, there aren’t many redeeming qualities to this pest when we’re talking about it in context of North America,” said Ryan Lockwood with the Colorado State Forest Service. The exotic bug is responsible for the destruction of tens of millions of ash trees in the U.S. and Canada. The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) population in Boulder County is […]

  • Veterans eagerly learning farming skills

    DENVER — At one time in Taylor Drew’s life, he was a protector. “I was an aviation electronics technician,” he said. That was in the United States Navy. Now his role in life is one of provider. “I am the executive chef and managing partner at Lo-Hi Steak Bar in Denver,” he said. Drew’s journey was a bit convoluted before he found his passion in food. Veteran Jeremy Zeidman was born and raised in Chicago.  He served four years in […]

  • Adopt a great dog from a great organization

    DENVER — More than 100 dogs will trot through the doors of Freedom Service Dogs of America’s training facility in Centennial. All are hopefuls to becoming fully trained service dogs. But only about 33 percent of them will graduate. “Some dogs are not suited to be service dogs,” Erin Conley said. “Perhaps they have some medical issues or they may get really distracted when they see a squirrel.” Those dogs who don’t make the grade, around 60 every year, are […]

  • Denver’s last neighborhood ‘up for grabs’

    DENVER — You could probably sum up Denver’s real estate market in just a couple of words. “It’s absolutely busy,” said Zac Nelson, a Coldwell Banker residential broker. Cranes tower over the city like prehistoric skeletons in what seems to be a constant state of construction. Denver is growing like a weed. “When you look at the net migration into Colorado, it’s been about 100,000 we’ve added to the population each year for the last three years. Most of those […]

  • Freedom Service Dogs of America treasures its volunteers

    DENVER — At Freedom Service Dogs of America, its mission has been simple from the start, transforming shelter dogs to full-fledged service dogs for those in need.  Free of charge. That mission statement would not be possible if it weren’t for the volunteers such as Mitchell Allen. He’s been volunteering his time at Freedom Service Dogs of America for more than 10 years. More than 500 people volunteer at Freedom Service Dogs but fewer than 50 are a rare breed. […]

  • New movie studio slated for Parker

    DENVER — Gov. John Hickenlooper delivered his lines in one take. “We are excited to welcome Redbarre to Colorado. This is going to be, I hope, a big deal,” he said. Hollywood, be advised, Colorado is going to the movies. Going to make movies, that is. And it’s going to start with the Redbarre Digital Media and Technology Campus, a 70-acre world class soundstage, media production and technology facility to be built in Parker. Don Levy, the CEO and founder […]

  • Wheat Ridge man still loves bowling at 100 years old

    WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. — Bowling is a lot like life. Well, not really, but Herb Rebele has bowled a lot in his life. Thursday was his day of days: His 100th birthday. One-hundred years ago, the world was embroiled in World War I while little baby Herb was growing up on his family’s farm in Sauk Center, Minnesota. “You could buy a candy bar for a nickel. Cigarettes 10 cents a pack, eggs a penny apiece,” Rebele said. Wars, presidents, […]

  • 85-year-old forest fire watcher in his 33rd season

    DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. — Life is a lot like a mountain trail.  Sometimes, most times, you’re never quite sure just where it will lead. Such was the case for Billy Gene Ellis, the man on the mountain. From bill collector to handyman to chief of police in Victor, Ellis has just about done it all. Almost. In 1984, Ellis and his wife Margaret took a job at the trail’s end. On top of the world. Ellis is a National Forest […]

  • A new way to fly down a fairway

    DENVER — It’s a new way of traversing down your favorite fairway. It’s part golf cart, part surf board, and some say, all fun. But what the heck is that? It’s called the golf board. The self-propelled one person golf board has been in development for a few years and now is debuting in Colorado. Raccoon Creek Golf Course in Littleton has 12 golf boards up for rent. “Surfin’ the earth on one of the golf boards is a little […]

  • Kids digging in the poop at Denver Zoo

    DENVER — If you are offended by seeing the word “poop,” you best not read the rest of this story. Kids at the Denver Zoo were elbow deep in poop. “We have our campers digging through bison poop today so that they can find dung beetles,” said Ronnie Order, Denver Zoo camp and late elementary program specialist. Twenty-four poop prospectors, wearing gloves and masks, were digging, probing and poking through 15 pounds of fresh bison biscuits. They are looking for […]

  • Castle Rock kid now a champion ninja

    CASTLE ROCK, Colo. — When you hear the words ninja warrior, you might imagine a guy in an all black suit with a sword jumping off the walls. You probably would not imagine a seventh grader from Castle Rock, Colorado.  That would be 11-year-old Kaden Lebsack. He is in fact a ninja warrior.  Not the kind that is trained in the martial art ninjutsu, and uses stealth methods of disguise, warfare and weapon skills. Kaden Lebsack is an American ninja […]

  • Colorado 14er Culebra Peak is for sale

    DENVER — My friend and meteorologist Chris Tomer has a birthday coming up and this time, I want to surprise him.  But, the question is what to get a meteorologist who also happens to like climbing mountains, 14ers to be specific? “How about climbing boots?” I ask. “Got ’em,” Chris said. “How about a tent?” I continue. “I already spent a lot of money on tents,” Tomer said. “OK, how about a sleeping bag?” Tomer said nothing but held up […]