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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.

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    Man sentenced for 2001 East Grand Rapids rape

    KENT COUNTY, Mich. — A man who pleaded no contest to raping a woman in East Grand Rapids in 2001 was sentenced Wednesday to 35 to 55 years in prison. Jody Howland, 52, will likely spend the rest of his life in prison due in part to a Michigan law that went into effect in 2015. The statute requires investigators to take samples of DNA from anyone accused of committing, or attempting to commit, a felony. The sexual assault happened […]

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    Grand Rapids Griffins staffer follows dreams of going pro

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — It’s certainly not just the players of the Grand Rapids Griffins that have skills on the ice – their staffers do too.  Tara Boliard is well on her way to showing that. Boliard works as a season ticket sales account executive for the Griffins during the regular season and now is being invited to be on the ice with the National Women’s Hockey League. The 28-year-old forward and defenseman will be showing her stuff on the ice in […]

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    Teens charged in Michael White murder bound over for trial

    WYOMING, Mich. –Two teen boys accused of stabbing and beating another teen to death in a Wyoming park were bound over for trial Wednesday. Quentin Schafer, 15, and confessed killer Carlos Delgado, 15, were charged as adults in the March killing of 16-year-old Michael White. White was a junior at Wyoming High School when a neighbor found his body in Lions Park in Wyoming March 19. At a previous memorial, friends and family told FOX 17 White was a “barrier […]

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    Stamp Out Hunger: how to donate to nation’s largest single-day food drive

    WEST MICHIGAN — The country’s largest single-day food drive takes place this Saturday, May 14: the 24th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. The National Association of Letter Carriers runs this drive in more than 10,000 cities nationwide, asking all neighbors to donate non-perishable foods to local families. By this Wednesday you may have received a postcard and Meijer paper bag in the mail. All the letter carriers ask you do is place non-perishable foods in that or any bag, […]

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    Food programs, donations help provide fresh produce to people in need

    PAW PAW, Mich. — Rather than contributing to the massive amounts of food waste, some local organizations work with farms, grocers, and other businesses to get donations to feed the hungry. Sue Miller, board president and volunteer coordinator with Eleanor’s Pantry in Paw Paw, makes regular rounds to area businesses to collect food donations, which range from eggs to bread to pizza. Most of which is food that would have otherwise been thrown out. Eleanor’s Pantry is completely run by […]

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    Dumpster diving: shedding light on food waste

    While 40 percent of all food in America is wasted, one in six Americans struggle with hunger throughout their lives.

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    Confessed killer says his ‘mind clicked over’ when he stabbed woman

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – In a jailhouse interview with FOX 17, the confessed killer of a Grand Rapids woman near a parking ramp said his “mind snapped.” Marcus Bivins, 19, confessed to stabbing and beating Jeanne Huntoon, 34, to death. Huntoon’s mother and best friend told FOX 17 the woman who brought so much joy to their lives was killed for no reason. The Grand Rapids Police Department officials called the homicide a “random” killing. Wednesday Bivins apologized and claimed […]

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    Food pantry resources for those struggling with hunger in West Michigan

    LAWTON, Mich. — Experts say the face of hunger is changing: no one is immune from struggling with feeding themselves, or family, at some point in their lives. Roughly 49 million people don’t have enough food to eat across the United States. In Michigan, about 1.6 million people struggle with hunger, according to Feeding America West Michigan.  More than 480,000 of those in Michigan are children. There are many local resources for those in West Michigan who are struggling to […]

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    Family shares their story of fighting hunger and budgeting to make it work

    LAWTON, Mich. – Going hungry is a problem you may not witness firsthand, but it surrounds us: one in six people in America struggle with hunger. This week, FOX 17 focuses on people who struggle to put enough food on the table and the West Michigan resources available to them. The Williams family in Lawton agreed to have an honest conversation with us about what living on food stamps or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program dollars looks like as they work hard […]