Darren M. Haynes is an award-winning sports anchor who join WUSA as the sports anchor/director in Aug 2017.
Haynes previously anchored at ESPN. During his time at the World Wide Leader, he anchored SportsCenter, ESPN’s flagship program, SportsCenter Top Plays of the Month, NBA Tonight, and numerous other programs. His career includes the Super Bowl, NBA Finals, Stanley Cup Finals, NASCAR Cup Series Championship, World Series and more.
As a sports anchor, Darren has won numerous awards. He’s a two-time Emmy award winner, a two-time Sportscaster of the year, and Associated Press Best Sportscaster recipient. Darren has also received recognition in New England receiving the Media Recognition Award. In 2016, he was inducted into the Amity High School Hall of Honor and the New Haven Football Hall of Fame in his home state of Connecticut.
Darren has been recognized as one of the “Most Influential Blacks in the State of Connecticut”. His work goes beyond sports. Darren is passionate about serving in his church and community with organizations such as Special Olympics, Muscular Dystrophy Association, U.S. Armed Forces and INROADS, Inc. He received the “Outstanding Leadership Award” for his work with the Pregnant and Parenting Teens Program as well as the “Media Recognition Award” for his fight against domestic violence with the Love Life Now Foundation.
In 2007, Darren launched the Junior Broadcast Program that has helped hundreds of aspiring journalists achieve their dreams in the media industry. His motivational speeches help individuals increase confidence and use personal power to activate their ideal life. Darren’s mantra is “The future is the gift even though this is the present.” He also hosts seminars across the country, teaching and motivating high school and college students to never give up on their dreams. Darren’s work within the community continues with his services to the Second Chance Prison Ministry where he helps create a plan for success for inmates at local prisons and recovery houses.
Darren is a graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Media Arts and Studies. He’s a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and the National Association of Black Journalists. Above all of Darren’s professional awards and accomplishments, his greatest achievement is being a father.