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Capitol Communicator reports that Darren Haynes, an Emmy Award-winning Sports Anchor, has left D.C.-based WUSA9 for LA's KCBS/KCAL.

Darren Haynes, Emmy Award-winning Sports Anchor, exits WUSA9 for LA’s KCBS/KCAL

by | Aug 17, 2023

Darren Haynes. an eleven-time Emmy Award-winning Sports Anchor, has left D.C.-based WUSA9. His last broadcast was Aug. 16.

“After talking to my family, friends, and mentors, I have decided to accept a Sports Anchor position at KCBS/KCAL in Los Angeles California. It was an opportunity I just couldn’t pass on,” stated Haynes.

According to Wikipedia:

He also anchored at ESPN. During his time at the World-Wide Leader, he anchored SportsCenter, ESPN’s flagship program. His career includes the Super Bowl, NBA Finals, Stanley Cup Finals, NASCAR Cup Series Championship, World Series and more.

Haynes’ first television sports reporting job was with Rob Parker’s SportsRap in Detroit in 2005.

Haynes then worked at ABC affiliate WLAJ in Lansing, Michigan, in 2006 as a reporter and sports anchor. His reporting duties included the Detroit Lions, Detroit Pistons, Detroit Tigers, Michigan State athletics, and high school sports.

Haynes also worked at CBS affiliate WBKB-TV in Alpena, Michigan in 2007.

He then worked at KGBT-TV in Harlingen, Texas, from 2007–2010, where he was a sports anchor and reporter. During his three years at KGBT, he was Texas AP Sportscaster of the year in 2008 and Rio Grande Valley Sports Broadcaster of year in 2008 and 2009.

He then joined KABB in San Antonio, Texas from 2010–2012, as a sports anchor and reporter on Maximum Sports. At KABB, Haynes was nominated for two broadcaster Emmy Awards. He also worked a KMYS as a sideline reporter for Thursday Night Lights high school football show.

He then joined now-former NBC affiliate WHDH in Boston, Massachusetts from 2012–2013, as a sports anchor and reporter. He also was a sports anchor at Al Jazeera America in New York, New York in 2013.

Haynes then joined ESPN and debuted on March 13, 2014, on the 3:00 p.m. ET edition of SportsCenter. He created segments such as “Suit-it or Boot-it”, “SC Vocal Point” and “Sunday’s Best”. Haynes also appeared on SportsCenter Top Plays of the Month and NBA Tonight. He was laid off from ESPN on April 26, 2017.

In August 2017, Haynes joined WUSA, the Tegna-owned CBS station in Washington, D.C., as its sports director, a position that had been vacant since the resignation of Brett Haber (also an ESPN alum) in July 2011.

Wikipedia also states that Haynes has been recognized as one of the “Most Influential Blacks” by the NAACP. He received the “Community Service Award”  for his work in the city of New Haven Connecticut, “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.

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