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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
  • Healthcare aide sentenced after stealing money from man’s wheelchair-accessible van fund

    KENT COUNTY, Mich. — A woman who was employed as a man’s healthcare aide in Walker stole money that came from a GoFundMe account for his wheelchair-accessible van. Tuesday she was sentenced to probation, jail time and restitution. Kendra Streeter, 23, was convicted of a felony for using Bryon Beutler’s debit card to steal money from him last October. Monday Kent County Circuit Judge Paul Sullivan sentenced her to two years’ probation, 90 days in jail to be served at some point after […]

  • Finding Connor his Forever Home

    KENTWOOD, Mich. — We are continuing our Forever Home series and introduce you to children living in foster care who are hoping to be adopted. Connor, 13, is a seventh grader with autism and a wonderful imagination. Though he’s surrounded by a huge network of support, he has lived in foster care for years and hopes to move on and just be a kid with his forever family. “Oh this is purple and green,” Connor said Monday as he remembered […]

  • U.S. Coast Guard Traverse City station receives first MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — The U.S. Coast Guard showed off its newly acquired MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter Thursday at its Traverse City station. It is the first of three Jayhawks that will replace its current MH-65 Dolphin helicopters. Each year on average the U.S. Coast Guard saves 3,567 lives across Michigan according to their data. The addition of three Jayhawks upgrades the Ninth Coast Guard District’s fleet for reasons including its extended flight range: compared to about a two-hour range for […]

  • City to release traffic stop data of the Grand Rapids Police

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The City of Grand Rapids will hold five community meetings tonight and tomorrow to discuss a study of race-based traffic stops by Grand Rapids Police. The study is a follow up to a 2004 that was a recommendation submitted by City Manager Greg Sundstrom in January of 2015 to improve the relationship between the police and the community.  The City Commission had approved 12 recommendations and nearly all of the other recommendations are complete, according to […]

  • Step-father originally charged with rape, sentenced for attempted felony assault

    OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. — A woman asked an Ottawa County Circuit Court judge to give the maximum sentence to her former step-father who she says sexually abused her. Jill DeJonge, 27, spoke for herself and on behalf of victims of abuse Monday wearing a necklace that’s stamped “Be Brave:” encouraging people to also be brave and report any abuse to police no matter how long ago it happened. Donald Shriel, 49, was sentenced Monday afternoon to 12 months’ probation, three […]

  • “He lived for us;” Mother remembers her fiancé killed in motorcycle accident

    SAND LAKE, Mich. — A mother in Sand Lake sat with her two young girls Wednesday, recalling memories of their family fishing and playing outdoors with their father, her fiancé. A tragic motorcycle accident this weekend took Jonathon Harden’s life. “He was a phenomenal father,” said Shawna Bush, Harden’s fiancé of several years, and mother of their children. Sharing vibrant memories of the young father and her fiancé, Bush treasures the photos of Harden, 25, she took throughout their seven-year […]

  • Finding Casey his Forever Home

    ALLENDALE, Mich. — As FOX 17 continues its Forever Home series, we introduce you to an energetic fifth grader who got the opportunity to practice with his favorite college basketball team: the GVSU Lakers. Tuesday Casey, 11, was all heart on the basketball court, treated as part of the Lakers’ team at the Grand Valley State University Fieldhouse. “I want to play on the basketball team,” said Casey. In fifth grade he worked quickly on the court, listening to the […]

  • Company offers free body cameras to U.S. police officers for a year

    WYOMING, Mich. — Despite the cost, more police departments are using body cameras since 2013 when the National Institute of Justice surveyed and reported 75 percent of police department nationwide were not using them. Now a major body camera manufacturer offered a one-year free body camera trial for all U.S. police officers. Wednesday the company Axon, formerly Taser International, announced it would outfit every U.S. officer with a body camera and its corresponding technology including unlimited data storage at no […]

  • “I may be handicapped but I’m still a normal kid:” Fourth grader raises money for wheelchair accessible van

    MUSKEGON, Mich. — A fourth grader in Muskegon is overcoming a rare joint and muscle disease, though it’s not her condition holding her back but her family’s minivan. “I’m nine and two thirds,” said Ali Pummel-Stone Wednesday, drawing her next creation and sharing her talent with FOX 17. “I just believe that if you put your mind to it, you can actually do it.” Meeting Pummel-Stone you wouldn’t know that this sunny and smart nine-year-old has already had 16 surgeries. […]