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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

    Before Small Business Saturday, agencies push for Giving Tuesday: shopping for families in need

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Holiday shopping is in full swing, from Black Friday to Small Business Saturday and then Cyber Monday. Amidst the deal madness, there’s a push for Giving Tuesday: the day following the long weekend of shopping to keep families in need in mind when filling up the cart. Friday, small businesses were buzzing with shoppers crossing things off their holiday list. And earlier this year, Grand Rapids’ credit unions saw up to a 65-percent lending increase, helping […]

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    Kate Veldink shares her thanks for social media push to appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show

    JENISON, Mich. – Kate Veldink, 17, is a Jenison High School senior living with a rare disease, but she refuses to let that define her. Now West Michigan communities continue the social media push to get Kate on The Ellen DeGeneres Show: to raise awareness for her condition, and show that abilities do not define anyone. Veldink has Ataxia-Telangiectasia, or A-T, an extremely rare and degenerative disease. Last month, her good friend Maddy Maurice started the twitter handle, @KateOnEllen and […]

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    “It makes me feel like I’m royalty:” Holland Rescue Mission serves Thanksgiving dinner to 1,500

    HOLLAND, Mich. – Wednesday is one of the biggest travel days of the year as families gather for Thanksgiving. But for several months now, West Michigan communities have rallied to make it a special holiday for everyone: especially for those unable to be with loved ones or put a meal together. For more than 20 years, the Holland Rescue Mission hosts their annual Thanksgiving meal, now held at the Hope College DeVos Fieldhouse. The doors opened at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, […]

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    “By not taking care of refugees, we are accomplishing ISIS’ goals:” Refugees welcome in West Michigan

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – In the wake of the terror attacks in Paris, debate continues on federal regulations admitting refugees fleeing Syria and the Middle East. A number of governors, including Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, have already said they will do what they can to block any refugees from resettling in their states. However, we know the governors’ rhetoric does not trump federal law, which allows refugees into the country using a vetting process. Tuesday, Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell […]

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    Neurofeedback therapy at Neurocore used to treat ADHD

    GRANDVILLE, Mich. – In this day and age, it’s impossible not to feel overloaded, what with deadlines, technology, and our busy personal lives. But life shouldn’t feel overwhelming when you’re only eight years old. Such was the life of Jackson Pojeski. Tiffany Pojeski tells how her eight-year-old had meltdowns, problems focusing, and sleep issues. “It was the simplest things: finishing his homework or putting his socks in the laundry basket, he would drop to the floor crying, ‘I can’t do […]

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    Shoplift in Kalamazoo County – Go directly to jail

      KALAMAZOO, Mich. — On any given day, the Kalamazoo County Jail typically holds more than 400 inmates. Now the sheriff says a larger part of that number will be shoplifters. Since the jail expanded to 482 beds in October 2013, officers around the county are being told to bring shoplifters, even first offenders, directly to jail until they can post bail.  This new initiative is an effort between the sheriff’s department, local law enforcement, and area retailers to stop an […]

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    Finding Ryley his Forever Home

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A fifth grader asked FOX 17 to share his story across the country, just so that he can find a family. As we continue our Forever Home series, we introduce you to Ryley, 11, a charismatic, born leader hoping to be adopted. Ryley is the type of kid you love to spend time with right off the bat: he’s fun and focused, but he’s always thinking of others. Right now he’s living in a group home […]

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    MSP defends marijuana crime lab reporting after FOX 17 investigation

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Big questions are still looming over the controversial Michigan State Police Forensic Science Division marijuana reporting policy change: it’s accused of ambiguous crime lab reporting leading to misdemeanor pot charges trumped for synthetic-THC felonies. Tuesday MSP-FSD officials responded to FOX 17’s investigation: officials stated they stand by their policy change, but they failed to address some of our biggest questions. Last month, FOX 17 was the first to show you emails accusing the crime labs of […]

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    Snyder clarifies Syrian refugees already headed to Michigan OK

    LANSING, Mich. — In a bid to clarify a decision he announced Sunday, Gov. Rick Snyder says Syrian refugees already in the pipeline or who recently arrived or are expected to arrive in Michigan soon will not be stopped. Snyder was the first of dozens of governors to temporarily close their states’ doors to incoming refugees; the majority of whom are Republican. About 20 Syrian refugees already in the midst of coming to Michigan have had to endure a thorough process lasting one to two […]