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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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    Education Days funds free, accessible ArtPrize events for students of all abilities

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – While the top 20 finalists are getting most of the buzz in this final week of ArtPrize, there are plenty of activities for all ages, especially when it comes to students. Education Days is an entirely different layer of ArtPrize that is dedicated to free events for students of all abilities. Ongoing since its first year, Education Days offers lesson plans, bus grants, and partners with several venues and the non-profit, Artists Creating Together (ACT) to […]

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    First day at McDonald’s job, teen told to shave his beard against his religion

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A teen’s beard sparked a controversy in the workplace: a Muslim employee told FOX 17 that after he explained he could not shave for religious reasons, his managers at a Grand Rapids McDonald’s told him to “go home and shave,” and refused to give him a beard net. “Religion comes before everything,” said Shujaa Wright. “I wouldn’t shave my beard to work at McDonald’s or any place.” For Wright, 16, religion is an everyday practice, and […]

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    Apartment management clarifies senior couple’s flagpole can stay put

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – On Wednesday FOX 17 first reported a senior couple in Grand Rapids is fighting to keep their flagpole installed outside of their home. Thursday, their apartment management responded and clarified that the couple can fly their American flag on their flagpole permanently. Thursday FOX 17 sat down with Jim and Delores Tipton for a second day. They said as soon as our story aired, they got an overwhelming response: an outpouring of messages nationwide on social […]

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    Apartment management told residents to remove long-standing American flag

    UPDATE: Thursday Springbrook Flats management clarified that senior couple can keep their flagpole installed permanently. GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A controversy is brewing over residents’ rights to display an American Flag at an apartment complex in Grand Rapids. Jim and Dee Tipton reached out to FOX 17 for help when, after nearly two decades of proudly displaying the Stars and Stripes, they said their housing management plans to remove their flagpole. The Tiptons began building a life together 16 years […]

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    Finding Sedaja her Forever Home

    KENTWOOD, Mich. – As FOX 17’s Forever Home series continues, we introduce you to children and teens in the Michigan foster care system who, just like anyone else, need parents of their own. From the moment you meet her, Sedaja is confident, sweet, and she will leave you uplifted. She has been moving between foster homes for several years now. Although she said she is thankful to be welcomed into a home for now, Sedaja said she needs a mother […]

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    Portland’s spirit is unbroken, despite continued tornado recovery

    PORTLAND, Mich. – It has been three months since an EF-1 tornado touched down in the tight-knit town of Portland, and its recovery efforts have not broken the community’s spirit. One of the most telling signs: American flags wave in place of several steeples, standing tallest amid the construction. Construction crews still create constant buzz. As families and businesses continue to move forward, many describe tornado recovery as the “new normal.” “The old bell will ring once again right there,” […]

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    Nearly 350 animals rescued from Calhoun Co. ‘hobby farm gone wild’

      BURLINGTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Nearly 350 animals, most ornamental from Muscovy ducks to ponies, have been rescued from a living hell, a hobby farm in Burlington Township. Calhoun County Animal Control Deputy Justin Reniger said a concerned citizen called Sept. 9 stating she saw sheep from the road that looked like they had not been sheared for at least a year. On Sept. 10, Reniger said deputies showed up to the home on 9 Mile Road near M Drive […]

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    Hospital denies woman potential life-saving procedure on religious grounds

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A Catholic hospital in Genesee County denied a mother with a brain tumor a request to tie her tubes at the time of her delivery scheduled in October. She was was 35 weeks pregnant. Genesys Hospital denied Jessica Mann’s request to get her tubes tied on religious grounds. Mann requested the procedure to avoid receiving anesthesia twice and getting pregnant again, something her doctors said could be life-threatening. Mann enlisted the help of the American Civil […]

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    Officials have no love for ‘Lantern Fest’

    ALAMO TWP., Mich. — Officials said they’re not happy about an event set to happen at the Kalamazoo Speedway on Saturday. The ‘Lantern Fest’ was originally planned for the Berlin Raceway in October, but fire concerns and the close proximity to I-96 caused the move. It’s those fire concerns that have officials in Alamo Township concerned. You’ve probably seen the pictures of the sky lantern festivals, where thousands of glowing objects float up into the night sky. Despite being visually stunning, […]