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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
  • Wyoming Public Works: 44th Street construction set to end by Monday

    WYOMING, Mich. – Seven months into construction, Wyoming Public Works officials said all lanes of traffic will be open on 44th Street between Division  and Clay avenues. Throughout the project, many commuters and businesses said they have been frustrated with the slow moving traffic since late April. Russ Henckel, assistant director of Wyoming Public Works, said the construction included full reconstruction of 44th Street, including the water main, storm sewers, adding Michigan left-hand turns, and replacing the asphalt with concrete. […]

  • ‘Stop the bullying now’ — Teen with autism is speaking out, giving back

    ALLEGAN, Mich. – Bryce Frost, 14, made the decision to start eighth grade in home school, after he said he faced years of bullying abuse in public school. He grew up with autism, and in third grade, his family said he was often bullied to the point of fainting; even diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) when he was younger. “I was not really learning that much, because basically I was afraid somebody would come back and behind my […]

  • Many snow plowing companies booked for season, while tow services backed up for hours

    KENT COUNTY, Mich. – After last winter, and with this somewhat early snow fall, many local snow removal companies said they are booked; and it’s unprecedented. Kent County Dispatcher Center Manager Steve Groesser told FOX 17 that compared to hundreds of call from the first snow last week, dispatchers took 76 traffic-related calls from noon Monday until noon on Tuesday. But despite the fewer calls, Grand Valley Towing Owner Steve Vroma said priority calls, coming from police or cars stuck […]

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    “A public secret” — Map shows surveillance camera increase in Grand Rapids

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The number of surveillance cameras in Grand Rapids within the last decade appears to have exploded, according to an updated map posted by an independent blogging group. The Grand Rapids Camera Map group pinpointed hundreds of surveillance cameras throughout downtown Grand Rapids on their blog earlier this year.  Although the blog states there may be errors, this updated map shows dozens more cameras than a similar map of the city created by another group in 2004; […]

  • Eagle Towing tow truck driver

    “Slow down and move over”: Tow truck dash cameras catch close call

    MUSKEGON, Mich. – Eagle Towing dash cameras catch the daily danger of wrecker drivers on the job. Andrew Heykoop, an operations manager with Eagle Towing, caught a close call on camera last season when he ran into a ditch to dodge oncoming trucks. “It’s always an issue,”  “I was struck last year four times, and one time I had to dive out of the way,” said Heykoop. “We lost a driver back 20 years ago. It’s always a risk.” Drivers train […]

  • Deputy, K9 partner rear-ended, one man in surgery after U.S. 131 crashes

    ALLEGAN COUNTY, Mich. – An Allegan County Sheriff’s Department vehicle was rear-ended, then one man went into surgery after his tow truck was hit on northbound U.S. 131 Thursday. As sirens blared, more than 20 cars, semi-trucks, and displaced drivers lined northbound U.S. 131 Thursday, deputies said. The freeway was shut down for more than two hours, during near whiteout conditions and icy roads between the Martin and Plainwell exits. “Slide-offs? I’ve lost count at this point,” said Sergeant Eric […]

  • Daycare worker finds marijuana tucked into baby’s diaper

    BATTLE CREEK, Mich. – A daycare worker in Battle Creek found a small bag of suspected marijuana in the diaper of a one-year-old girl. The employee called Battle Creek Police Nov. 5 just after 9 a.m. from the daycare center on Arbor Street. Officers said the employee told them she was changing the baby’s diaper when she found the baggie inside of the diaper. The employee also told officers that the child arrived with a clean diaper that morning, and […]

  • WWII and Korean War Veterans Honor Flight mission

    The Greatest Generation: Talons Out Honor Flight flies 79 veterans on honorable mission

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. – United States Veteran Joe Laurenic, of Battle Creek, laid on the ground at the National Air Force Memorial and snapped a picture. And as he laughed, Laurenic’s gaze followed the three spires up, perhaps in admiration, looking toward the skies he used to fly as a pilot in training. “We weren’t smart enough, being young teenagers and for practical purposes, we didn’t see the career in commercial aviation,” said Laurenic. “So we took off, went back to […]

  • Diver shipwrecks

    Diver films discovery of possible ship wrecks in Lake Michigan

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A shipwreck diver believes he discovered a cluster of missing ship remains from the 1850s. Ross Richardson, a diver originally from Grand Rapids who now living near Traverse City, said he dives and films his expeditions solo. He shared video he filmed of his latest discovery this August: five wreck sites Richardson uncovered in northern Lake Michigan around the small island of Skillagalee. “We call them underwater haunted houses, because there’s kind of a spooky feeling: […]