Darren M. Haynes is a highly acclaimed sports anchor who joined WUSA as the sports anchor/director in August 2017.
Before his role at WUSA, Darren made significant contributions to the sports broadcasting world, including anchoring at ESPN. During his tenure at the World Wide Leader, he helmed various programs such as SportsCenter, ESPN’s flagship show, SportsCenter Top Plays of the Month, NBA Tonight, and numerous other sports-related programs. His illustrious career includes coverage of prestigious events like the Super Bowl, NBA Finals, Stanley Cup Finals, NASCAR Cup Series Championship, World Series, and more.
Darren has earned numerous awards and accolades for his exceptional work as a sports anchor. He is a two-time Emmy award winner, a two-time Sportscaster of the Year, and recipient of the Associated Press Best Sportscaster award. He has been recognized in his home state of Connecticut, 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.
Beyond his accomplishments in the sports world, Darren is dedicated to serving his community and church. He actively engages with organizations like Special Olympics, Muscular Dystrophy Association, U.S. Armed Forces, and INROADS, Inc. He has received awards for his contributions to the Pregnant and Parenting Teens Program and for his advocacy against domestic violence with the Love Life Now Foundation.
In 2007, Darren established the Junior Broadcast Program, which has empowered aspiring journalists to achieve their dreams in the media industry. He is a motivational speaker, inspiring individuals to boost their confidence and utilize their personal power to pursue their ideal lives. Darren is also involved with the Second Chance Prison Ministry, where he helps incarcerated individuals in local prisons and recovery houses create successful plans for their future.
Darren holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Media Arts and Studies from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He is a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and the National Association of Black Journalists. Despite his numerous professional achievements, Darren considers his role as a father to be his greatest accomplishment.