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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
  • Alan 'Dale' Nelson (Courtesy Photo)

    “A living hell,” neighbors respond to homicide investigation, no arrests yet

    MONTCALM COUNTY, Mich. – It’s been two weeks since an elderly man was found shot to death in his lakefront home in Sidney Township. The daughter of homicide victim, Alan “Dale” Nelson, told FOX 17 that she heard nothing of an arrest, or any further answers, as to who is responsible for the death of her father. Also Tuesday, Michigan State Police Lakeview Post Commander F/Lt. Kevin Sweeney said no arrests in connection to Nelson’s death have been made, and […]

  • MALCOLM DOTSON

    Court documents: Man confesses to shooting half-brother in head, burying in “shallow grave,” after sexually abused

    ALLEGAN COUNTY, Mich. – A Trowbridge Township man confessed to killing his half-brother and then burying his body in what detectives called a shallow grave in their back yard. Malcolm “Max” Dotson was charged Monday afternoon with open murder and felony firearms, in connection to the death of his half-brother, Damon Sheldon. Dotson’s fiancé watched in tears, seated in the courtroom packed with nearly a dozen supporters of Dotson. However, court records show Sheldon, the homicide victim, has a criminal past including […]

  • Jalin Smith-Walker (Photo: Kent County Jail)

    Police issue warrant for woman accused of running woman over; not the first time

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Grand Rapids Police issued a warrant for the arrest of Jalin Walker, 19, accused of running over Sierra Washington, 19, with her car in Grand Rapids. Graphic cell phone video surfaced that showed the fight between the two former friends earlier this week on Grand Rapids’ southeast side. However, Muskegon County Prosecutor D.J. Hilson told FOX 17 News that this is not the first time Walker is accused of hitting or dragging someone with her car. Walker […]

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    Disturbing video shows fight, woman run over by car

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Graphic cell phone videos surfaced from a fight on Grand Rapids’ southeast side Monday. It showed people crowding around a fight between two women, who officers said are former friends. Then a driver runs one woman over with a car. The fight happened near Prospect Avenue SE and Garden Street. In one word, Grand Rapids Police Sgt. Terry Dixon called it, “disturbing.” The GRPD is investigating the assault, and officers have identified, and continue to interview, the people […]

  • Catching up with “Cards for Donnie”: Happy 51st Birthday

    CEDAR SPRINGS, Mich. – For Donnie Whipple, the chore of getting the mail has turned into a regular gift. After he received more than 4,000 Christmas cards, Donnie has become known as the man who brought back the spirit of Christmas around the world. It’s something he calls, the “Whipple Ripple.” Between a beloved card that folded in to a fish hat, a hand-sewn Detroit Lions card, and at least 50 others, Donnie kicked off his fifty-first birthday April 7 by reading […]

  • Inside a GR attorney’s medical marijuana grow operation

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – On Grand Rapids’ west side, a criminal defense attorney has turned an old building into a medical marijuana grow operation he said is legal. It’s something like AMC’s Breaking Bad spin-off, Better Call Saul: Defense Attorney Matthew Herman fashioned his persona after the likeable, but flawed, defense attorney in the TV show. Except on the city’s west side, Herman calls it, “Better get at Matt.” “I wouldn’t necessarily call myself a marijuana advocate; but I’m definitely […]

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    Promotion looks to West Michigan to give away wheelchair-accessible vans

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Across the United States and Canada, more than 18 million people have mobility issues. The month of May marks National Mobility Awareness Month. To celebrate that, and help people in need, a national promotion is looking within West Michigan to give away at least four custom-fit wheelchair accessible minivans. The company National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) is working with Clock Mobility and Braun Ability with their annual Local Heroes promotion. Starting April 15 through April […]

  • The Well-Mannered Dog set to re-open late June after tornado leveled business

    WYOMING, Mich. – Kent County communities continue to rebuild in the wake of the destruction after last July’s tornado; many homes and businesses were leveled. But it wasn’t all bad news for the Wyoming business The Well-Mannered Dog, which plans to re-open late June. “I’m going back up,” said Kathryn Snyder, owner of The Well-Mannered Dog. Sunlight beamed through the framework of what will once again be The Well-Mannered Dog, a beloved training, boarding and show center. When Snyder first […]

  • Tommy Forever Home

    Still searching for a forever home for Tommy, a foster youth starting a non-profit

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – As soon as a child is 16-years-old, it can become very difficult to find them an adoptive family, according to adoption case managers. As FOX 17 News continues to help foster youth in West Michigan find a loving forever home, we are re-introducing you to Tommy, a very educated 15-year-old. We first featured Tommy in January, but he still needs an adoptive family. Tommy is an extremely intelligent teenager: he has the highest grade-point-average in his […]