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.
FORT COLLINS, Colo. — A recent study from GoBankingRates ranks two Colorado cities among the most educated in the nation. To identify the most educated cities, GoBankingRates studied data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Fort Collins was ranked the ninth-most educated city in the country. Just 3.5% of city residents have not graduated high school or received their GED. Boulder was ranked the 11th-most educated in the country. According to GoBankingRates, about 74% of people 25 years […]
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The National Museum of World War II Aviation in Colorado Springs features 24 World War II aircraft. Each of them is still able to fly thanks to the dedication of an Air Force veteran. The crown jewel of the museum’s collection is a U.S. Navy PBY. “It’s extremely rare, especially the history of the airplane and what it did at the beginning of the war and what it took it to the end of the war,” […]
FREDERICK, Colo. — A Frederick veteran of the Korean War got new landscaping at his home thanks to a local nonprofit. Andy Short, 79, worked hard to recover after he was diagnosed with a rare virus that left him totally paralyzed. “At first, I was just devastated — people feeding me, no sign of ever getting any better,” he said. Short’s health did improve, but he still needed help at home. A nonprofit organization called Qualified Listeners stepped in to […]
DENVER — People wearing giant eyeball heads were in Denver Wednesday raising awareness for pedestrian safety. The Colorado Department of Transportation organized the campaign, to encourage people to be aware as they use crosswalks. “We want pedestrians to make eye contact with drivers before they step into a crosswalk even if they have the walk signal,” said Sam Cole, a spokesperson from CDOT. Volunteers in bright green T-shirts with wearing an eyeball on their head were walking across intersections Wednesday […]
DENVER — FOX31 Denver is proud to join forces with the powerhouse iHeartRadio station 850 KOA, which is launching a new format that will have all-local content. On the air since 1924, 850 KOA is known as the “blowtorch” due to its availability across the region. “Because it’s a 50,000-watt tower signal that you hear everywhere,” said Kyle Marshall, 850 KOA’s marketing manager. The new all-local format will contain 18 hours of live content. It will begin at 5 a.m. […]
DENVER — Many people dread going to the dentist, but for hundreds of people around the Denver metro area Monday, it was a welcomed blessing. “I think I’m going to be getting a filling because I have a chipped tooth,” one person said. Risas Dental and Braces gave 100 people at each of their six Denver metro locations free dental care, like they do every Labor Day. They call it the labor of love. “We are giving a free exam, an […]
DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. — Police departments across the country are struggling to deal with an epidemic in officer suicides. Agencies are looking for new ways to help officers cope with the traumatic events they witness every day. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is about to start a new program pairing a deputy who was nearly killed in the line of duty with a therapy dog that can help save lives. Law enforcement agencies use K-9s in a variety of roles […]
DENVER — Earlier this week, Denver City Council voted unanimously to ban electric scooters on city sidewalks, barring a few exceptions. Under the new ordinance, e-scooters cannot exceed more than 6 mph on sidewalks. Riders who wish to travel faster must stay on the street or use bike lanes. E-scooters are allowed to ride on sidewalk if the sidewalk is part of a bike lane or if a rider is getting on or off an e-scooter. “I think that’s a […]
DENVER — The Colorado Department of Transportation is teaming up with a breathalyzer company to raise awareness about drunk driving and lower the number of people caught driving under the influence in Colorado. To introduce more people to the department’s efforts, an experiment was hosted Tuesday morning inside Spanky’s Roadhouse: the Breathalyzer Brunch. “The breathalyzer brunch is all about getting people to use the smart phone breathalyzers whenever they are out at brunch,” said Sam Cole, communications manager for the […]
DENVER — In a modest south Denver home, tucked away in a small detached garage originally built for a model A, you’ll find Tate Hamilton. Hamilton’s medium of choice is oil. “I’ve enjoyed painting with oils more than anything, more than watercolors, more than acrylic, there is just a flow about it,” he said. His art is beautiful and in demand. An original Hamilton costs, according to the artist, between $450 to $20,000. The Affordable Arts Festival, where every piece […]
DENVER — George Sakato, a Japanese American, fought poverty and racial discrimination, and in 2000 he received the Medal of Honor for his service in World War II. Friday, he was honored posthumously as a post office was renamed in his honor. Born Feb. 19, 1921, in Colton, California, George “Joe“ Sakato worked hard with his six siblings at the family barbershop. “As the railroad people would come into town they would stop at the barbershop, take a bath and […]
DOVE VALLEY, Colo. — Active-duty military got to train like the Denver Broncos at the UC Health Training Center Wednesday. It was part of USAA’s Salute to Service NFL Camp. Fifty active-duty members of the military participated in the event. It was like a Broncos boot camp. “It’s a way to bring up the military, say thanks for your service, create military appreciation awareness,” said Kent Fortune, vice president of Colorado Springs USAA. Service members were put through similar drills […]