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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
  • Grand Rapids City Commission moves ahead with police body cameras and independent investigations

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids City Commission, voting as a committee of the whole, unanimously voted Tuesday morning to phase in police body cameras and begin independent investigations of future officer-involved shootings. Both are key elements and part of the amended timeline for the city’s community and police relations recommendations report. “We will not deploy body cameras until you have seen a policy on how we will use them,” said Grand Rapids City Manager Greg Sundstrom. The $1.5 […]

  • Whitneyville Ave at 92nd St

    Hastings man, 59, killed, one in hospital after morning crash

    CALEDONIA TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A Hastings man is dead, and another man hospitalized, after a serious crash that involved two cars Monday morning. Kent County Sheriff officials said the crash happened at 6:25 a.m. Monday in Caledonia Township on Whitneyville Avenue SE at 92nd Street SE. Officials told FOX 17 a Chevy Blazer was traveling northbound on Whitneyville Avenue SE as a Chevy Impala was headed westbound on 92nd Street SE and failed to stop at a stop sign, then struck the Blazer. Authorities said the […]

  • 3 suspects arrested in Medawar Jewelry robbery; 2 still at large

    PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. — The Kent County Sheriff’s Department is still searching for two suspects in Friday’s robbery at Paul Medawar Fine Jewelry, 4518 Plainfield Ave. NE. Three suspects were taken into custody just before 12:40 p.m.  at I-96 near M-6, according to dispatchers.  The robbery happened shortly after 12 p.m. Investigators say the five suspects arrived at the jewelry store, and four of them entered wearing masks while one waited outside. A store employee opened fire on the suspects, and they fled […]

  • Hampton Inn and Suites set to open Sept. 1 in Grand Rapids

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Thursday marked the ceremonial signing of the final structural beam hoisted into place for the Hampton Inn and Suites under construction on the Medical Mile. The $28 million hotel is located at 425 Dudley Place off of Michigan Street in Grand Rapids’ growing Mid Towne neighborhood. Officials with Third Coast Development and Lodgco Management plan to open the Hampton Inn and Suites by Sept. 1, 2015 in time for ArtPrize. Owner of Third Coast Development Max […]

  • Immunizations: Michigan law requires parents who do not vaccinate to attend educational session

    KENT COUNTY, Mich. – Michigan State law has changed, making it tougher for families to enroll children in public schools who have not had their vaccinations. As of Jan. 1, state law requires parents who do not vaccinate based on religious or philosophical beliefs to attend an educational session with their county’s health department. In Kent County, that means an individualized 15-minute session with a nurse to address parents’ concerns. Then, both parties can sign a uniform immunization waiver to […]

  • Burger King attempted armed robbery

    Suspect at large after attempted armed robbery at Burger King

    BELDING, Mich. – A man is at large after attempting to rob a Burger King with an implied weapon. It happened in Belding on M-44 just before 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to Ionia County Sheriff deputies. Sergeant William Hoskins told FOX 17 a white man wearing a brown Carhartt jacket and brown ski mask walked into the Burger King then attempted to rob the restaurant. Hoskins said the man did not show a weapon, but implied that he had one, then fled on […]

  • New development coming to former Home Depot in Holland Township

    HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. – New development in Holland Township is revamping a strip mall that sat nearly empty the last four years. The former Home Depot off of US-31 and Greenly Street is buzzing with construction adding at least three retailers. Holland Township Department of Building Safety Official Mike Winkler told FOX 17 he issued permits to build three businesses: Five below, a women’s clothing store called Maurice’s, and Home Goods. Neighboring business Rue 21 employees said this means more […]

  • “I’m not afraid to talk about it, it bothers me” — Trayvon Martin’s mother speaks in West Michigan honoring Dr. King

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was celebrated throughout West Michigan in honor of what would have been his 86th birthday. To carry Dr. King’s message forward, Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton was a keynote speaker at Grand Valley State University Monday. “Never in my worst nightmare would I have thought my 17-year-old son would have been followed, chased, pursued and murdered, but it happened,” said Fulton. “I’m not afraid to talk […]

  • Stand up paddle-boarder navigates Lake Michigan’s icebergs

    ST. JOSEPH, Mich. – The iconic shot of St. Joseph’s South Pier Lighthouse iced over in its winter wonder is a scene often pictured, but a lot less paddled. Former U.S. Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer Karol Garrison, of Perry, navigated floating icebergs on his stand up paddle board last Sunday. “It ended up being an epic day, beautiful scenery, icebergs moving around,” said Garrison. “I was in as much awe as most people watching this video.” Believe it or not, […]