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Dana joined FOX 17 as a news reporter in December 2013, and is excited to be back in her home state. She earned her Bachelor’s in English and Psychology from the University of Michigan, where she played on the Women’s Ice Hockey team her freshman year. Dana also holds a Master’s in Special Education, and taught middle school for five years in Oakland, California.

When teaching, Dana seized an opportunity to intern with KTVU. It only took days for her to fall in love with the fast-paced energy of a newsroom, and the idea of interviewing new people and covering different stories every day. She took her first reporting position with WHAG in Hagerstown, Maryland in 2012.
Dana’s favorite part of the job is meeting new people every day and telling their stories. If you have any tips or story ideas email Dana or find her on Twitter and Facebook.

An avid rock climber and snowboarder, Dana is excited to spend time in the beautiful outdoors, back in Michigan. When she’s not reporting, Dana loves to cook and travel. She spent a summer interning in Ghana, a semester studying in New Zealand, and a summer backpacking across South America! Now she is excited to be home.


Recent Articles
  • DALY CITY, CA - APRIL 18:  A bowl of medicinal marijuana is displayed in a booth at The International Cannabis and Hemp Expo April 18, 2010 at the Cow Palace in Daly City, California. The two day Cannabis and Hemp Expo features speakers, retailers selling medical marijuana smoking paraphernalia and a special tent available for medical marijuana card holders to smoke their medicine. Voters in California will consider a measure on the November general election ballot that could make the State the first in the nation to legalize the growing of a limited amount of marijuana for private use.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    Group appeals marijuana ballot proposal to MI Supreme Court

    LANSING, Mich. – The group still fighting to put legalizing marijuana on Michigan’s November ballot is filing an emergency appeal Tuesday to the Michigan Supreme Court. MI Legalize, or Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Initiative Committee, says they are working to overcome a “corrupt” law to insure their petition signatures count.  They say their fight to get the issue on the ballot is far from over. “We need the Supreme Court as the Supreme Court of the land to definitively lay […]

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    College students moving into assisted living home for unprecedented research

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Three Western Michigan University graduate students moved into a Grand Rapids retirement and assisted living community for a research project that’s unparalleled nationwide. “We’re sharing the space over here,” said Lori Johnson Monday, standing alongside her new roommate Colette Chapp. Three first-year occupational therapy WMU students from the Grand Rapids’ campus met each other Monday, moving into a dorm experience with nothing like it. They moved into Clark Retirement Community in Grand Rapids for a research […]

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    Finding Griffin his Forever Home

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Every other week, FOX 17 features a child in need of a home, someone living in Michigan foster care who hopes to be adopted. Meet Griffin, 11, a soon-to-be fifth grader who showed off his painting skills Tuesday at Painting With a Twist in Grand Rapids. A sweet boy who’s also an artist, no wonder Griffin specifically asked to spend the afternoon here! “It was fun,” Griffin said. “I enjoyed it, it was like soothing to […]

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    Girl beating cancer asks for birthday cards from around the world

    KENTWOOD, Mich. — A five-year-old from Kentwood who continues to beat the odds against a rare form of brain cancer has a special birthday wish: she’s asking to open birthday cards from around the world. Madison Pagel, better known as Maddie, is a radiant almost kindergartner. “What kind of things do you want at your party?” her mother Tracy Pagel asked. “Lots of cards!” Maddie said. Turning six-years-old on Sept. 4, Maddie hopes for a lot of birthday cards with […]

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    ‘Total devastation:’ Ironwood Golf Course hit by storms

    BYRON CENTER, Mich. — A Kent County golf course sustained heavy damage Saturday as storms ripped through West Michigan. The Ironwood Golf Course suffered 83 acres worth of damage, with several trees uprooted.  It’s a situation the owners say is even worse than the heavy wind damage the course suffered in 1998. “It’s just total devastation,” said Ironwood owner Joy Bradley. Bradley says she left the course just 15 minutes before a tornado hit.   The course has entertained generations of […]

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    ‘He fights,’ bicyclist paralyzed, hit-and-run driver charged with felonies

    KENT COUNTY, Mich. – The man accused of driving into a triathlete bicycling, and then leaving driving off leaving him paralyzed, faces two felonies. Benjamin Vanderploeg, 49 of Grand Rapids, was charged Friday with two five-year felonies: driving with a suspended or revoked license causing serious injury, as well as leaving the scene of an accident resulting in serious injury. He’s held on a $200,000 bond and due back in court Aug. 31. Family of the victim Charles Driggers, 66, […]

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    Judge says he’s seeing more children traumatized by parent drug use

    IONIA COUNTY, Mich. — With heroin and methamphetamine reaching epidemic levels statewide, Ionia County Probate Judge Robert Sykes says he’s seeing more children traumatized by parent drug use. “They’re terrible cases because the children always lose,” said Judge Sykes. Child protection cases Judge Sykes presides at Ionia Probate Court are increasingly involving heroin and meth use. Tuesday at Judge Sykes told Ionia County Commissioners he’s seeing a spike in traumatized children. Judge Sykes defended the county’s Childcare Fund which is […]

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    911 calls about dogs left in hot cars are rising

    WEST MICHIGAN — Calls to rescue dogs from hot cars skyrocketed this summer, according to the Kalamazoo and Kent County Humane Societies. “[Animal services] are flooded with calls,” said Julie Barber, Kalamazoo Humane Society director of community connections. “The answer is it’s not okay ever. If you’re going somewhere where your dog isn’t welcome, don’t bring your dog. That’s really the bottom line.” To illustrate how a car can act like a greenhouse, FOX 17 conducted a mini experiment. We placed […]

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    Celebration! Cinemas sued for failing to accommodate deaf, hard of hearing

    BENTON HARBOR, Mich. — West Michigan movie fans who are deaf and hard of hearing are suing Celebration! Cinemas for discrimination, alleging their Benton Harbor theater fails to provide widely available captioning accommodations. Graham Forsey, 23, a St. Joseph resident who is deaf, alongside the National Association of the Deaf filed a lawsuit Monday against Loeks Theatres, Inc., also known as Celebration! Cinemas. Forsey says he asked the Benton Harbor theater multiple times in writing to provide captioning and Celebration! […]