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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
  • Forever Home Renae

    Finding Renae her Forever Home

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — In Michigan alone, more than 3,000 children are living in foster care and hoping to be adopted. As FOX 17 continues our Forever Home series, we introduce you to Renae, who is also featured in an ArtPrize exhibit raising foster care awareness. “It’s worth waiting for,” Renae said to FOX 17 as she walked through the exhibit near the fish ladder. She was talking about finding the right family. She’s patient and has stayed positive waiting […]

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    Donor surprises library with $92,000 donation for expansion

    NORTH MUSKEGON, Mich. — An anonymous donor surprised the North Muskegon community by donating more than $92,000 to the Muskegon Area District Library to expand its Walker branch. “[The donor is] an avid library lover and user of libraries all over Muskegon,” said Brenda Hall, MADL finance director who told FOX 17 that their libraries are being used more than ever, including their circulation being at an all-time high. The donation came as a surprise to library and North Muskegon […]

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    Breastfeeding ArtPrize exhibit breaks down public nursing barriers

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — To empower mothers to breastfeed in public, artist Miriel Smith entered her third year in ArtPrize to showcase paintings of nursing mothers and provide a shaded nursing and changing station. Smith’s entry is located at Lyon and Monroe in front of Fifth Third Bank downtown. Friday morning she handed out cards to several observers, including a card to thank mothers for nursing in public as well as reminder it is Michigan mothers’ legal right to nurse […]

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    Pending state law to boost literacy, may retain third graders deficient in reading

    LANSING, Mich. — Some third graders in Michigan could be held back if they show they fell behind in reading at the end of the school year. The Michigan legislature passed House Bill 4822 which has evolved since its original introduction in 2013. Now on its way to the governor’s desk, it aims to raise statewide literacy for students: a notable issue after Michigan ranked 41 nationwide in reading according to the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress. Rep. Amanda Price, […]

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    Former University of Michigan hockey player empowering others while battling ALS

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Scott Matzka retired from a decorated professional hockey career to work in Kalamazoo with his wife and two young children, but he says it was when he was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, or ALS, that his life’s purpose was revealed. A 38-year-old husband and father of two young kids, Scott says its his turn to stand up for others and raise money to find a cure for this debilitating disease. Scott Matzka is a former University of […]

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    Stricter industry standards ask for chip readers at gas pumps by next October

    LANSING, Mich. – Gas pump scammers steal your credit card information in just seconds, allowing thieves access to your accounts, but pending legislation paired with some new industry standards could help put an end to credit card skimmers. There’s no federal guidelines here other than Visa and MasterCard (EMV: Europay, MasterCard, and Visa) who set the industry standards. By October 2017, these companies are shifting the liability from banks, who take the responsibility for fraudulent sales, and placing it on […]

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    MSP investigating after body found near carpool lot

    PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. – State Police are investigating after a body was found near a carpool lot Wednesday. Police say the body appears to be a middle-aged woman, and two teens found the body around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday while walking in the woods. The park and ride lot is located at Post Drive just off US-131. Wednesday night there was a heavy police presence including an MSP mobile command unit, as well as several police cruisers. Troopers were searching in the […]

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    Grand Rapids now accepts consular IDs from immigrants as official identification

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Grand Rapids City Commission moved to accept all countries’ consular identification cards as an official ID Tuesday. The move expands from the city’s 2003 acceptance of Mexican issued consular IDs only in its mission to be a welcoming city. “We are trying to be more inclusive,” said Steve Guitar, Grand Rapids Communications Director. “This is a request from the community to accept these additional forms of ID so we are. And we find that it’s […]

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    Ex-softball coach accused of sexual assault allegedly broke bond third time

    GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – A former softball coach from Spring Lake charged with sexually assaulting one of his former players is accused of breaking bond a third time. Thomas Galloway, 44, faces four first-degree criminal sexual conduct charges, after the now 17-year-old victim testified in April.  He’s accused of sexually assaulting the victim, a former softball player he coached, when she was 13-years-old in 2012. Tuesday Judge Post charged Galloway with breaking bond a third time. Police with the Ottawa […]