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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.

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Recent Articles
  • Do your kids know how to call 911? Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office teaches kids with special program

    ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo.– It’s a skill set that the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Department says you’re never too young to learn, how to dial 911. First graders at Trails West Elementary in Arapahoe county learned how to contact first responders in case something goes wrong. The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s office 911 education program started in 2012, this is the first time they are educating kids in the schools. ” We want to make sure the kids know they can call 911 […]

  • Gaylord Rockies hotel features holiday festivities for families

    AURORA, Colo. — The Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center near Denver International Airport is offering a variety of holiday festivities for families this season. “The whole thing is celebrating Christmas and the holidays,” said Deanne French, a spokesperson for the hotel. A major feature is Mistletoe Village, a 58,000 square-foot mock town visitors can explore. “Have photos with Santa, stories with Mrs. Claus, cocoa, sweet treats, retail shopping, Build-A-Bear Workshop, all kinds of fun activities for you and your […]

  • Metro-area business creates harness to help dogs recover from surgery

    AURORA, Colo. — Two canine-loving Coloradans created a unique harness to help dogs recover from surgery. Getting a dog to successfully recover from an operation can be difficult because they do not always understand what they should and should not do. For example, they do not know the importance of staying still and how they should move to aid their recovery. “The challenge is that dogs will follow any impulse, right? Especially when they start feeling better after surgery, they’re […]

  • ‘Colorado Captain’ spreads joy to those in need across the state, nation

    DENVER — For the last three years, a Denver man dubbed “Colorado Captain” has helped raise money for charities while driving around the country on his Harley Davidson motorcycle. Also known as Matthew Gnojek, Colorado Captain stands out in his Captain America suit. “I had the suit and I had the bike, so I thought, ‘OK, where can I go with this?’ My first thought was trying to brighten people’s day,” he said. Gnojek has no sponsors. He pays for […]

  • Colorado REAL IDs to be required for commercial air travel starting October 2020

    DENVER — In less than one year, only Colorado driver’s licenses and ID cards that are REAL ID compliant will be valid for commercial air travel. In 2005, Congress passed the REAL ID Act, which set minimum security standards for state-issued ID cards like driver’s licenses. The law is designed to add an extra layer of security and prevent fraudulent IDs from being used to board aircraft. Starting Oct. 1, 2020, the Transportation Security Administration will only accept REAL ID […]

  • DNA test connects Aurora man adopted as child to sisters he never knew he had

    AURORA — It started out as a DNA test just for fun, and it turned out to be one of the best things that ever happened to an Aurora man who connected to sisters he never knew he had. Mark was adopted as a child. His wife Amanda wanted him  to find out if he has siblings, and that’s where the story begins. “It was really important to me,” Amanda said, “because I knew deep down it was really important […]

  • Safety tips for homeowners with natural gas fireplaces and appliances

    DENVER — One year ago, a woman was killed in an explosion and fire caused by a broken natural gas line in Aurora. The line was mistakenly broken by crews installing a fiber optic cable. The Problem Solvers spoke with Todd O’Nan, who owns Gas-Xpress. “[A] natural gas explosion is devastating it will reduce a home to splinters,” O’Nan said. Many homes in Colorado have natural gas fireplaces. “It’s a gas appliance that must be maintained,” O’Nan said. “It can […]

  • Denver Art Museum announces renovated building, new welcome center will open in June 2020

    DENVER — A renovated building and a new welcome center at the Denver Art Museum will open June 6, 2020, the museum announced Wednesday. The Lanny and Sharon Martin Building — the older, taller building at the museum — is undergoing an extensive renovation. The all-new Anna and John J. Sie Welcome Center will include three floors of galleries, a restaurant and a cafe. The project began 22 months ago. “Today, we mark a milestone: the completion of the construction […]

  • ‘Keep ‘Em Flying’; STEM symposium hopes to spark interest to help major shortage in aviation industry

    DENVER– Industry experts say there is an acute shortage of qualified personnel in the aviation industry, which could lead to flight disruptions on a massive scale. That’s why the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association is conducting an aviation STEM symposium, to hopefully spark an interest in high school teachers and administrators to include aviation in their curriculum. “Keep ‘em flying”, that was a slogan used during World War II to inspire pilot in the Army air Corps.  It’s a slogan […]

  • Western Slope winery gains award-winning recognition

    CASCADE, Colo. — A Western Slope winery has gained some award-winning recognition in its 22 years of existence. “There is no question about it, there are a lot of good wines,” said Marvin Parliment, owner of Wines of Colorado in Casecade. Years ago, Parliament became a fan of vino made in Colorado. “No. 1, the soil conditions on the Western Slope are ideal,” he said. “They have the hot summer days and cool evenings. Comparatively speaking, they will put them […]

  • Black Hawk helicopter makes appearance at Adams County school as part of red ribbon campaign

    ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. — A Black Hawk helicopter made an appearance at an Adams County school on Tuesday. “We work in conjunction with the DEA, local and state law-enforcement agencies, supporting the local community getting the drug prevention message out,” said Lawton Hare, the Colorado National Guard counter drrug coordinator. It’s part of the red ribbon campaign. After the helicopter was secured, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders from Scott Carpenter Middle School got up close and personal for a tour. The […]

  • How to keep your family safe from lead paint: Problem Solvers investigate

    DENVER — Patricia Stephen has lived on Quebec Street in Denver for 41 years. She loves the location, lot size and her neighbors. Older homes certainly have their appeal, but sometimes, they have lead paint as well. Stephen found some on the outside of hers. Homes built in 1978 or earlier have a good chance of having lead paint. This week is National Lead Poison Prevention Week, and the FOX31 Problem Solvers investigated ways to keep families safe. Normally, although older […]

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