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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
  • Man sentenced to jail for jury tampering out on bond after emergency hearing

    ISABELLA COUNTY, Mich. — A man convicted of jury tampering after passing out pamphlets on a public sidewalk in front of the Mecosta County courthouse is out of jail on bond after an emergency hearing Friday evening. Friday morning Keith Wood was sentenced to eight weekends in jail and six months of probation plus fines after being convicted of a one-year misdemeanor as a first-time offender. Mecosta County Circuit Judge Kimberly Booher heard the district court case after Mecosta County […]

  • Man sentenced to jail time for passing out pamphlets outside courthouse

    BIG RAPIDS, Mich. — A man convicted of jury tampering, after passing out pamphlets on a sidewalk in front of the Mecosta County courthouse, was sentenced to eight weekends in jail and six months of probation plus fines. Last month, a jury of six found Keith Wood guilty convicting him of attempting to influence a jury in Mecosta County. Wood is a former pastor and father of eight who was initially charged with a five-year felony for obstructing justice and […]

  • Finding Darnell his Forever Home

    ROCKFORD, Mich. — As we continue our Forever Home series, FOX 17 shares the stories of kids statewide living in foster care: their hopes and dreams, including being adopted. Tuesday we took Darnell, 11, kayaking for his first time along the Rogue River in Rockford. In no time Darnell showed us his love of water and the outdoors; he was a natural. “This is great!” he shouted to the cameras about a half-hour into his trip. Darnell is a joy […]

  • Prosecutor appealing Kent County ‘knock and talk’ pot butter case to U.S. Supreme Court

    KENT COUNTY, Mich. — The Kent County Prosecutor’s team is appealing the Michigan Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling that ‘knock and talks’ are time sensitive, stemming from the cases against two former Kent County deputies who were medical marijuana patients found with pot butter. Friday in Kent County Circuit Court, the prosecutor’s team announced they will file an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court by Aug. 30. They hope to further clarify whether knock and talks are time sensitive. Kent County […]

  • Behavioral reports detail accused Kalamazoo mass murderer’s threats, odd behavior behind bars

    KALAMAZOO COUNTY, Mich. — Disturbing new details about accused mass murderer Jason Dalton’s behavior behind bars are detailed in a 52-page behavioral report. Dalton is charged with murdering six people and hurting two others in a shooting spree in Kalamazoo February 2016. According to the latest behavioral report FOX 17 obtained from the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office with the Freedom of Information Act, jail deputies moved Dalton to the suicide prevention wing of the jail June 30 so deputies can […]

  • Van Buren Co. Sheriff’s son charged as accessory in homicide

    VAN BUREN COUNTY, Mich. — The son of Van Buren County Sheriff Daniel Abbott is charged with being an accessory in a homicide by providing the gun used.  Sheriff Abbott tells FOX 17 he is not getting involved in his son’s case. Nikolas Abbott, 23, is charged with being an accessory after the fact, felony firearm and falsely reporting a felony. Sheriff Abbott says he’s in a difficult position but is avoiding any involvement as the Michigan Attorney General’s office […]

  • Father accused of child abuse, murder of 4-year-old boy maintains innocence

    KENT COUNTY, Mich. — Speaking in front of a computer from the Kent County Jail Thursday, Elis Nelson Ortiz-Nieves tells FOX 17 he was a loving father; the kind of father he never had. Mid-June Ortiz was charged with first-degree child abuse and the murder of his girlfriend’s four-year-old son Giovanni Mejias. During his arraignment he told Wyoming District Judge Sara Smolenski in tears “I’m not guilty!” “I want to get my story out there because I’m not a bad […]

  • Volunteers restore a litter-lined Lake Michigan shore after the holiday

    GRAND HAVEN, Mich. — Wednesday morning Jamie Cross gathered volunteers inside at Grand Haven State Park, scanning the trash hugging the shoreline. “This is a great day for me because we have volunteers out here that have put their heart and soul into this,” said Cross, Adopt a Beach manager with Alliance for the Great Lakes. “They love the Great Lakes and that’s why they’re here: so that they can help make a difference. To me, that’s a real good […]

  • Puppy stolen from boy’s arms returned to family after rescuers’ detective work

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A puppy stolen from a child’s arms in his own front yard last week is reunited with her family, thanks to some rescuers’ detective work. Last week on Grand Rapids’ southeast side, Tiffany Townsend tells FOX 17 her children were playing in their front lawn with their puppy Nyla, a Pekingese poodle mix. Then she says a woman pulled up to their home and grabbed the puppy-an emotional support animal for her son-from her youngest son’s […]