Darren Haynes will join ESPN on Monday, Feb. 24, as a studio anchor, appearing on various shows across several ESPN platforms.
Most recently, Haynes has been a sports anchor/reporter for Al Jazeera-America in New York (September-November 2013) where he anchored the evening and morning sportscasts, reported and provided exclusive interviews, and maintained a social media presence, including blogging (“Inside D’s Locker”).
Previously he was at WHDH (NBC) in Boston (December 2011-March 2013), where he served as sports anchor/reporter; contributed to Celtics, Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins and NCAA coverage; hosted a Patriots pre-game show; and anchored “Olympic Zone” during the London Olympics.
“Darren’s energy and expertise are certain to click and connect with sports fans everywhere,” said Rob King, senior vice president, SportsCenter & news. “We’re very much looking forward to his arrival.”
Haynes spent seven years in Texas where he was sports anchor and reporter at KABB (FOX) in San Antonio (April 2010-November 2011), and KGBT (CBS) in Harlingen (December 2007-April 2010). His career began in Michigan as a sports anchor and reporter at WBKB (CBS) in Alpena, WLAJ (ABC) in Lansing, and Fox Sports Net and Comcast in Detroit.
Haynes, who was nominated for two local Sports Emmy Awards in 2011, is a graduate of Wayne State University where he was a two-year starter at running back and kick-off return specialist. He also attended the University of New Haven. A native of Woodbridge, Conn., Haynes was an All-State football player at Amity Regional High School.