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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
  • 12-year-old leads efforts to plant thousands of flags on graves of war heroes

    DENVER — It was a perfect day for such an occasion Tuesday. Dozens of volunteers, including members of the Denver Police Department, were  planting thousands of flags and flowers at Fort Logan National Cemetery. They did it out of pride, honor, and inspiration from a 12-year-old boy from Redding, California. His name is Preston Sharp. For Preston, it all started with a visit to his grandfather’s grave in 2015. “I looked up and I was like, why isn’t there any […]

  • Expert says dashcam video shows road rage, not distracted driving

    DENVER — Driver Ron Olds’ dashcam caught something very interesting, and dangerous on Interstate 25 in Denver on Saturday. “I was headed to my second job at Colorado Speedway,” he said. I-25 was like a speedway as Olds passed 58th Avenue. He saw a green flash coming up fast on his left side. At first Olds didn’t think much of it, but soon it got interesting. “The green pickup, he made what I thought was an aggressive lane change,” said […]

  • New Aurora recreation center funded by marijuana tax revenue

    AURORA, Colo. — A recreation center under construction in Aurora is being paid for with revenue generated by marijuana taxes. The recreation center will be at the corner of East Vassar Place and South Telluride Street. It is the first new rec center in the area in 40 years. The Central Aurora Recreation Center, a temporary name, is not going to be a run-of-the-mill workout facility. The 60,000 square-foot complex will feature a public art display, wine tasting classes, a […]

  • Denver homeless often near Capitol at night, but unclear which agency might deal with issue

    DENVER — While many passersby may not know what it is, the Colorado Veterans Monument at Lincoln Park is in plain sight across the street from the Colorado State Capitol. This Lincoln Park is separate from the one nearby at 13th Avenue and Mariposa Street. Civic Center Park, across the street, is a common place for homeless people to spend time. Denver Parks and Recreation has jurisdiction over Civic Center Park, but not Lincoln Park. The department has and enforces […]

  • New aviation attraction debuts at Centennial Airport

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The 19,000 square-foot Boeing Blue Sky Aviation Gallery will soon open at Centennial Airport. The exhibit is just the first of three galleries that will eventually complete airport’s Exploration of Flight Center. The $5 million facility will allow visitors to discover flight firsthand by sitting in the cockpit of a state-of-the-art flight simulator, interacting with the latest in aviation technology and even experiencing flight itself. Former CEO of Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum Greg […]

  • RTD has safety advice for passengers after man dragged by train

    DENVER — On March 19, 2017, RTD passenger Sam Hynes attempted to disembark, with his bicycle, the train at the Colfax at Auraria station when something went wrong. He was dragged by the train and suffered spine and ribs injuries. He also broke his arm. Hynes has hired an attorney and is pursuing legal action. But what are RTD’s safety protocols? “The operator will open the window and take a look down the station platform to make sure it’s all […]

  • Group of veterans meets every month for 20 years

    LONE TREE, Colo. — On the second Wednesday of every month for the last 20 years, a group of veterans ranging from World War II to Vietnam have met, talked and broken bread. It’s a gathering of minds, hearts and memories at a Lone Tree breakfast joint. Veterans from North Africa, Italy, Normandy, Chosin Reservoir and Khe Sanh all meet up. There was a special visitor on Wednesday as Sarah Childs, a cadet at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, met […]

  • Heavy traffic can make streets unfriendly for cyclists

    DENVER — Colfax Avenue and Franklin Street. On any given day, a cornucopia of sights and sounds. Walkers, riders, joggers, scooters and cars. Lots of cars. What possibly could go wrong? “This was one of the most dangerous intersections in the city of Denver. We have got street coming in from five different directions,” said Jill Locantore, Walk Denver Executive Director. This intersection, and many others in Denver, are square in the sights of the Denver Street partnership. Streets designed […]

  • Operation Game Thief nets hefty fines for illegal kills

    DENVER — On Tuesday at approximately 3:30 p.m., somebody shot and killed two mountain goats near Quandary Peak. Wildlife in Colorado are considered property of the state, and something Colorado Parks and Wildlife spends millions of dollars and thousands of man hours managing. They take the poaching of wildlife very serious. That’s where Operation Game Thief comes in, it was established in 1981. With the use of forensics, rewards and eyewitnesses, Operation Game Thief has resulted in more than 700 […]

  • Advice for exploring caves in Colorado: Do it with an expert

    DENVER — Cave rescues, like the one in  Thailand, can be some of the most dangerous types of rescues to undertake. Some say it is the most dangerous form of rescue because once inside, there is very little there to actually assist first responders. As approaches to this rescue are considered, the news of the situation has resonated here in Colorado. “When I first heard about the missing, reaction was very very upsetting to us all,” said Rick Speaect, National […]

  • Veteran bikes across America to raise awareness about PTSD

    DENVER — War. There is no way to imagine it. There is no way to describe it, unless you were there. United States Army veteran Eli Smith honorably served, “I  was a tank Gunnar, I shot the main gun on an M1A1 tank over in South Korea. “ Smith lost good friends to PTSD, “It  really messed me up. I did not know why I felt like I failed them as a battle buddy, and just wanted to do something […]

  • 2 people shooting tracer rounds accused of starting Lake Christine Fire

    DENVER — A wildfire that’s burned 2,400 acres and forced hundreds to evacuate in Basalt is blamed on two people shooting tracer rounds at a gun range Tuesday. Sixteen first responder agencies were on scene Wednesday trying to contain the Lake Christine Fire. It has forced the evacuation of at least 500 homes. No homes have been lost and no injuries have been reported. It all began, according to the Eagle County sheriffs office with what is called a tracer […]