Darren Kramer anchors News 8 at 5pm, 5:30pm, 10pm, and 11pm.
Over the last three decades, Darren has anchored and reported the news in Chicago; St. Louis; Spokane; Springfield, MA; and Wausau, WI; but Connecticut keeps calling him home.
Darren was born and raised in the woods of northern Wisconsin, in the little town of Peshtigo. Peshtigo was the scene of America’s most disastrous forest fire, the great Peshtigo fire of 1871.
Darren and his wife Jill raised their two kids, Abby and Sam, along the Connecticut shoreline.
Along with spending time with his family, Darren loves the outdoors and shooting sporting clays.
8 Things you didn’t know about Darren Kramer
1. I have been told I have the hair of a young Tina Turner.
2. My parents nearly named me “Dusty.”
3. I have worked as a farmhand, a grocery store stock boy, a paper mill worker, and a radio reporter.
4. I never saw an Italian until I was 25. Then I married one.
5. I am fluent in Pig Latin.
6. Twice a week I fetch Ms. Nyberg’s dry cleaning.
7. My high school granted excused absences for deer hunting.
8. Still furious at Gelman. He knows why.
Favorite memory / story from working at News 8?
Racing Dr. Mel across the Q bridge every afternoon. Losing nearly every time.
What inspired you to work in news?
Cronkite. Linda Ellerbee. Merv Block. (Google the last two)
What is your favorite restaurant in New Haven?
Too many to list. (See waist size for confirmation.)
Who is your favorite musician/band and/or best concert you ever been to?
Huey Lewis and the News, 1982. Don’t think I heard one song.
What’s the best dish you can make?
My Shake ’n Bake is revered in culinary circles.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
The top of Everest without all that climbing nonsense.
What’s something you don’t know about me?
My one-stoplight hometown is known for the worst forest fire in North American history. www.peshtigofire.info
What are your hobbies / hidden talents?
I moonlight as a photographer and take great joy in watching clay birds turn to dust.