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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
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    ‘I’d Rather Be a Dragon’: Local mother to publish first children’s book

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A Lowell graphic designer and mother of three plans to publish her first written and illustrated children’s book next month, titled, “I’d Rather Be a Dragon.” “Instead of illustrating being an idea that, ‘oh, maybe I’ll do that one day,’ I’m like well why isn’t now some day?” said Katie Newell. Newell says it’s be a long-time dream to write and illustrate a children’s book. So she drew two illustrations that became the first two pages […]

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    Flint water crisis report calls for reform, repealing emergency manager law

    LANSING, Mich. — “The government has failed the people of Flint.” This is the opinion from a state legislative committee chairman after a lengthy investigation into the city’s water crisis. The chairman, Sen. Jim Stamas, (R) – Midland, released the final report of the Joint Select Committee on the Flint Water Emergency Wednesday, after hearing testimony from more than 60 people connected to the Flint crisis. In the 34-page report, it calls for more than 30 policy proposals meant to […]

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    Health care plans to increase nationwide under Affordable Care Act in 2017

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — People nationwide expect to pay more in health care plan premiums under the Affordable Care Act in 2017, with many in West Michigan questioning whether they can continue to afford it. Some states most affected, like Pennsylvania, have many insurance carriers dropping out of their ACA market next year and face premium increases of an average 33 percent, according to Grand Valley State University Economics Professor Leslie Muller. In Michigan, those insured under the ACA can […]

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    Voter registration ahead of presidential election at record numbers

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A record number of Michigan residents have registered to vote by the Oct. 11 deadline. As of Monday, the Michigan Department of State reported 7,495,216 voters registered statewide. According to 2015 census data, Michigan has just more than 7.7 million residents 18-years-old and older. In comparison to those registered to vote statewide, 97 percent of Michigan residents at least 18-years-old are registered to vote. West Michigan campaign managers for both the Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump campaigns […]

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    Community rallies behind recovering police officer

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — When one of Grand Rapids Police Department’s newest officers was almost killed in a motorcycle accident off-duty this summer, the entire department rallied behind him. The Grand Rapids Police Officers Association organized a silent auction and benefit for Travis Fante, 21, Saturday. Fante tells FOX 17 he landed his dream job last December when he was hired as an officer with the GRPD; something he had wanted for as long as he could remember. Now Fante […]

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    Taxpayer concerns for zoning ordinance approval on upcoming ballot

    GRAND HAVEN TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A new healthcare facility under construction in Grand Haven Township has been the center of controversy since it was approved in March. Now voters question if Ordinance 541 is adopted after the election will it cost them, and could it stop the facility’s construction? See the proposed Ordinance 541 language here. The Grand Haven Township Board and Planning Commission approved Health Pointe in March despite opposition and at least 22 residents verbally opposing it at […]

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    Police search for suspects in fatal Grand Rapids shooting

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Police are still searching for the suspects who shot nine people, one fatally, this weekend. The shooting happened early Sunday at Clearance Outlet on 28th Street near Kalamazoo Avenue.  Police say they were called to the area for a large party at about 3:45 a.m., and were notified that shots were fired while they were en route. Juwan Boykin, 21, was killed and eight other people were injured in the shooting. Fred Yaya, the […]

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    West Michigan American Red Cross volunteers driving toward Hurricane Matthew for relief efforts

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — People nationwide are heading southeast to help in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, including at least six West Michigan American Red Cross volunteers providing relief between Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina. Volunteers Cindy Olsen and Penny Raap packed supplies alongside their manager Leonard Garyson to drive to Charleston Friday. Olsen just drove that Red Cross emergency relief vehicle back from flooding relief efforts in Baton Rouge, Louisiana less than 48 hours ago. Olsen and Raap will […]

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    Law enforcement respond to creepy clown reports in West Michigan

    WEST MICHIGAN — The disturbing trend of people posing as clowns and threatening communities is reoccurring in West Michigan and affecting several schools, flooding local police departments with concerns. “Whether it’s a clown or anything else, we always encourage our citizens if there’s something suspicious call us, that’s what we’re here for,” said Kentwood Deputy Police Chief Donald Tuuri. Tuuri and other Kentwood officers are one of the latest local police departments investigating creepy clown threats. Tuuri says the best […]