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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
  • Gov. Snyder orders flags fly at half-staff for Michigan Marines killed in helicopter crash

    UPDATE (6:52 p.m. March 27): Governor Snyder has now ordered that flags fly at half-staff on Monday, March 30.   —————————————————————————- Original Story:  GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Shocking to many, Michigan flags will not be lowered to half-staff in honor of the three U.S. Marine Staff Sergeants who are being laid to rest. It’s Michigan flag protocol, developed with the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Services, which Governor Snyder is not attempting to override. The policy does not sit […]

  • Danny’s continued search for an adoptive family

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – For a child looking for a home, there is no typical adoptive family. In West Michigan, there is an ongoing need for families willing to adopt older children. Fox 17 continues to work to connect these youth with their future families. Earlier in March, West Michigan met Danny, 15, who is still hoping to be adopted. Danny is a driven eighth grader who is bright. He is thinking ahead to college, but before he gets there, […]

  • No bacon shooting McDonald's

    Woman found guilty of firing shot into McDonald’s drive-thru after getting baconless burger

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A jury found a Kent County woman guilty of shooting through a McDonald’s drive-thru window after reportedly receiving a baconless burger. Shaneka Torres was found guilty of carrying a concealed weapon, intentionally discharging a weapon, and felony firearm, in relation to the Feb. 10, 2014 incident. As reported in court, Torres was in the passenger seat of a vehicle that went through a McDonald’s drive-thru near 28th Street and Madison SE in Grand Rapids early that […]

  • S.A.F.E. Task Force organizes to prevent Grand Rapids violence

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The S.A.F.E. Task Force, or Safe Alliances for Everyone, is working to prevent violent crime in Grand Rapids. Tuesday morning S.A.F.E. Chairperson and City Commissioner Senita Lenear presented 51 recommendations to city officials and Committee of the Whole. S.A.F.E. targets youth 15 to 24-years-old, Lenear said due to research finding a gap in activities and employment for this age group. Recommendations are either short-term, moderate, or long-term goals broken into five categories. The categories use the acronym P.E.A.C.E.: […]

  • Google partners with Pure Michigan, putting travel destinations on the map

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Google is putting Michigan more on the map, literally. Pure Michigan partnered with Google Maps’ invitation-only Trekker Program. Using loaned Google Trekkers, Pure Michigan employees hiked 40 different iconic Michigan landmarks. As of Monday, Google posted 44,000, 360-degree pictures of Michigan’s landmarks to Google Maps’ street view. The Google Trekker is essential a 40-pound backpack with 15, each 5 megapixels, which snap panoramic pictures every 2.5 seconds. The Trekker takes a viewer places cars cannot go. […]

  • “Everybody has a right to know where they came from”: Law unseals adoption records

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Friday was “Opening Day” for adoptees born in Ohio: thousands of adoption records sealed for 51 years are now accessible. Ohio law was changed in 2013 naming March 20, 2015 as the first day that adoptees and their lineal descendants may request their adoption files between Jan. 1, 1964 and Sept. 19, 1996. Among the hundreds who lined the block of the Ohio Department of Health Vital Statistics Office, Grand Rapids resident Erica Curry Van Ee […]

  • Uber

    Michigan lawmakers push for stricter Uber regulations

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Whether you have taken a ride yet or not, it seems like everyone has an opinion on the smartphone app ride service, Uber. According to Michigan Department of Transportation officials, Uber is operating illegally in Michigan. Some lawmakers are writing legislation to enforce stricter regulations on Uber drivers. Adam Javor is a new Uber driver. He told FOX 17 the hardest part about signing up was waiting one week for his background check to come back. “They […]

  • Students host Michigan’s largest high school blood drive

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Kenowa Hills High School’s National Honor Society students hosted Michigan’s largest high school blood drive again this year. The annual KHHS NHS blood drive began Wednesday morning and runs two consecutive days through Thursday, 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. at KHHS. Due to a large turn-out last year, this year’s drive was extended to two days. Organizer Vicki Harris said 450 people are expected to donate. This year the blood drive is dedicated to a community […]

  • Michigan Marines

    West Michigan student groups honor Marines killed in helicopter crash

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. – They are heroes lost, but never forgotten as Western Michigan University student groups honored the Michigan Marines killed in a helicopter crash last week. Broncos for Heroes and the WMU Student Veterans Association organized three banners to be signed and delivered with messages of condolences to the three Special Operations Marines killed from Michigan. Students, staff, and community members walked across WMU’s campus to sign each banner. Marine Staff Sergeant Andrew Seif was a Holland native. Seif […]