Find a job you love and you'll never work a day in your life.
That is exactly how Dan Marries feels about working as the evening news anchor at KOLD News 13, where he’s been keeping Tucsonans informed since 1999.
Dan got his start in television news in 1995 while he was still a junior at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, CO. His internship lead to his first job in journalism as the morning anchor and noon weatherman. Further news jobs took him to Mankato, MN, Yuma and finally Tucson. It was also during college he spent four summers as a wildland firefighter for the Bureau of Land Management.
Dan is the father of three boys -- Kurtis, Dean, and Preston, who was born on April 27, 2019. He's the lucky husband of Jennifer, who's originally from Nassau, Bahamas. The were married in 2010 and love calling Tucson home.
Dan is heavily involved in our community. He's the charter president of the Casas Adobes Optimist Club. For the past several years that club has adopted upwards of 30 less-fortunate families during Christmas, making sure the kids have presents under the tree and food on the table.
Dan is also a founding trustee board member of the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation assisting our local fire community with funding, tools, technology, advanced training, equipment, survivors' help, and education campaigns to support these brave men and women.
Every year he volunteers during Love of Reading Week, spending time with children letting them know the importance of education. He’s also a frequent visitor to the Southern Arizona VA Medical Center, visiting with veterans to thank them for their service. For the past 11 years he has served as the official announcer for the Tucson Veteran’s Day Parade and the Tucson Rodeo Parade telecast. His schedule is kept busy emceeing and attending hundreds of fundraisers.
Dan has been recognized with numerous awards as a journalist including two Emmys, one which came from a half-hour documentary he shot, wrote and produced on one of his three trips to Vietnam with local veterans. He won a Communicator’s Award for a rodeo story on legendary Ty Murray, and Ty’s efforts to give retired bucking horses a place to live. He’s also been recognized several times by the Arizona Associated Press.
“We’re so happy to be able to celebrate these people who have lived amazing lives and have done amazing things both here in Tucson and the other communities they’ve live in,” said W. Mark Clark with Pima Council on Aging.
In recent months KOLD News 13 has been showing video and pictures of large groups of asylum seekers illegally crossing into Arizona from Mexico...but Tuesday night there is new video showing the dangers of armed human smugglers.
The collaboration has formed to help raise awareness and interest about the housing challenges faced by older service-connected disabled veterans and their caregivers living in Tucson. The goal is to allow the chosen veterans to age peacefully at home without the added worry of costly repairs.
A wounded warrior in Tucson is receiving an incredibly generous gift; a specially adapted "smart" home designed for his needs. United States Army Sergeant First Class Caleb Brewer cannot contain his smile as golden shovels break ground on the site of his future home.
A difficult subject to discuss takes center stage in Tucson Thursday night. "Bang, Bang, You're Dead" is a school play dealing with school violence and its tremendous impact on all of the community, but especially the students.