Dan Hanger Bio, Age, Family, FOX 21 KQDS-TV, Wife, Height, Salary, Net Worth

Dan Hanger
Dan Hanger

Dan Hanger Biography

Dan Hanger is an American journalist and news personality. He currently works as a news anchor, producer, and reporter at KQDS-TV, Channel 21 based in Duluth, Minnesota. Previously, he worked as an anchor at KBJR-TV where he worked as a web editor with Internet Broadcasting news for NBC-owned websites.

He is a key leader in the day-to-day operations of the KQDS-TV newsroom while anchoring and producing the 5:30 and 9 p.m. newscasts. Constantly he multi-tasks and prioritizes to be as efficient as possible to put on the best newscast possible. Moreover, he is narrow-focused and calm in breaking news situations. All of this, while mentoring young reporters and leading everyone in a positive way to whatever the end goal may be.

Duluth hasn’t been his home, however, he moved to the Twin Ports from Chicago in 2006 after landing a job at local NBC affiliate KBJR-6. He’s been captivated with the area ever since and he decided to make his home here in Duluth. Moreover, he owned and operated websites from Chicago’s WMAQ-TV newsroom during his final years of college.

Dan Hanger’s Other Works

Frequently, he is asked to emcee some of Northland’s most important charitable events including the annual Fur Ball for Animal Allies Humane Society. Moreover, he has also done a bunch of volunteer fundraising for Duluth’s Polar Bear Plunge, which benefits Special Olympics athletes. With his efforts, Dan has produced a fruitful $14,664 for the cause since 2012.

Hanger also served as Grand Marshall for the Duluth-Superior Pride Festival in 2015, along with his FOX-21 colleague and then co-anchor, Diane Alexander. Also, he worked at GAP West Broadcasting for a cluster of radio stations as a digital media specialist.

Dan Hanger Education

In addition, he attended Columbia College in Chicago where he graduated with a bachelor of science degree in journalism. This was after graduating from a local high school with a diploma.

Dan Hanger Career

After college graduation, Hanger posted his résumé on the website tvjobs.com and was pleased to land job interviews in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Duluth, Minnesota.  After his interview at KBJR, he obtained an offer on the spot and moved to Superior in 2006. While at KBJR, Dan was a one-man band, where he took the reporting, photography, writing, and editing of his news stories. Later on, he was promoted to news anchor in 2007.

After leaving KBJR, Dan worked on some freelance projects for a time, followed by a sales and marketing job at Townsquare Media. Moreover, he even sold cars at Miller Hill Subaru. Over the years, Hanger has carried several roles in the industry where he was first hired as an unpaid web intern at CBS-2/WBBM TV in Chicago. Later, Borri helped hire him as a web hub editor at WMAQ, where he endured his junior and senior years of college.


Hanger dreamed of getting back into the news business and ultimately, he got his opportunity as a reporter position opened up at FOX-21/KQDS-TV. He was hired in 2010 and became an anchor in 2011. Throughout his tenure, Hanger has received three Eric Sevareid awards for excellence in journalism: in 2011, 2017, and 2019.

With tough assignments, dedication, and deep gratitude for second chances, Dan continued moving up the ladder at the station. Today, he holds the prestigious three-prong main-anchor/reporter/producer title and loves his work. Additionally, Dan also speaks highly of his boss, news director Steve Goodspeed, and his longtime news director before that, Dan Clouse.

He steadily believes that his honesty and realism help him connect with his audience. You can catch Hanger anchoring the FOX-21 evening newscasts on weekdays at 5:30 and 9:00 pm. Additionally, he is also a big fanatic of the local art/music/theatre scene and enjoys cooking and brewery culture. Moreover, he holds surprisingly high regard for Duluth’s pizza options, an impressive compliment from a Chicago native. He dreams of paying off debt, purchasing a home of his own (with a yard), and travelling.

Dan Hanger Age

How old is Dan Hanger? Despite being born and growing up in Lake Michigan, Illinois, Chicago, Hanger is a person whose aura of mystery extends to the very essence of personal details age and birthdate unknown. In a world where timelines often define individuals, Dan gracefully navigates through life without the weight of age-related expectations. Therefore, it’s still a mystery when he celebrates her birthday.

Nonetheless, her zodiac birth sign is still not clear to the public. However, judging from her physical appearance, Hanger seems to be in her mid-40s as of 2024. To confirm this, he has a younger sibling named Krystle who is 37 years old. Dan has currently not shared her exact age. He has not shared his exact date, month, and year of birth. This has resulted in difficulties in finding his zodiac sign. Moreover, we do not know when he will celebrate but we will soon update you.

Dan Hanger Family | Parents

Growing up in Rosemont, Illinois, a suburb 20 minutes outside Chicago, Hanger was born to his father, Jim Hanger, who worked as a firefighter and police officer and his mother, Charissee Caputo, worked for the local parks and recreation department. Moreover, Hanger has one sibling: a younger sister, named Krystle who is probably 37 years old. Additionally, he also wants to spend more time with his niece, Maci, and nephew, Cole.

Dan Hanger Wife | Spouse

Is Dan Hanger married, engaged, dating or single? We are unsure. Hanger is a man of mystery and discretion when it comes to matters of the heart. In the tapestry of her life, he has intentionally chosen not to disclose her marital status. Dan navigates the world with quiet confidence, skillfully deflecting inquiries about her relationship status with a graceful smile and a subtle redirection of conversation.

Therefore, we are unsure if he is single, dating, engaged or married. He has also not shared if he has children or not. Nonetheless, we will update you once we get more information. He lives in Superior with his beloved dog, Brewster, a 13-year-old terrier/boxer mix he adopted from the Hibbing Humane Society. The two first became acquainted while Hanger was on assignment.

Is Dan Hanger gay? We can assume so. Hanger said “I don’t like labels, but I feel it’s important for me to use my voice whenever I can to help the LGBTQ community.

Dan Hanger Height | Weight

How tall is Dan Hanger? Hanger stands at an approximate height of 5 feet and 9 inches (1.75 m). Moreover, he has a moderate weight whose exact measurements are under review and will soon be updated.

Dan Hanger Salary

Hanger receives an approximate salary ranging from  $31,300 to $92,500 annually. He pockets this from his job as an anchor, reporter, and producer at KQDS-TV.

Dan Hanger’s Net Worth

Hanger has been able to accumulate an approximate net worth of around $500,000 to $1 million. He has accumulated this from his successful journalism profession.