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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
  • Petition pushes Grand Rapids to allow medical marijuana dispensaries

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Ahead of the midterm elections in November, concerned residents are working to get a new medical marijuana initiative on the ballot.  The petition would push Grand Rapids to allow dispensaries in the city. The policy change is a growing pain affecting cities statewide, but it has become a serious issue for many patients who say they can’t easily access their medicine. Nineteen months after a medical marijuana licensing and regulatory framework became Michigan law, many say […]

  • PAC’s ‘NRA is a terrorist organization’ billboard vandalized

    BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — A political action committee’s billboard along eastbound I-94 near Battle Creek calling the National Rifle Association a “terrorist organization” was vandalized less than a week after it was installed. Mad Dog PAC’s Founder Claude Taylor, whose organization fundraised and installed about 50 similar billboards nationwide currently, says this is a criminal matter. “West Michigan right wingers and Trumpers value their Second Amendment over our First Amendment,” Taylor told FOX 17 by phone Tuesday. He said the […]

  • Ferrysburg city officials hope to earn state grant in third attempt to replace bridge

    FERRYSBURG, Mich. — The Ferrysburg City Council will likely approve the city’s application for an MDOT grant, Tueday for a third consecutive year, in hopes of replacing Smith’s Bridge over Spring Lake. Built in 1972, Smith’s Bridge has about five years left of life in it, according to Ferrysburg City Manager Craig Bessinger paraphrasing its last 2016 assessment. The bridge’s surface is worn and its box beams inside are starting to disintegrate he added. The grant is due by May […]

  • PAC billboard in Michigan names NRA a “terrorist organization”

    BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — The Mad Dog Political Action Committee is calling the National Rifle Association a “terrorist organization.” The billboard was installed along I-94 near Battle Creek Wednesday. It’s one of 13 that read, “The NRA is a terrorist organization,” located across battle ground states, and according to Mad Dog PAC Founder Claude Taylor, drivers in Michigan could see another dozen statewide before the midterm election. Taylor identifies as a longtime democratic activist, and is a former White House […]

  • Kindergartner returns to school after brain surgery eradicates rare condition

    IONIA, Mich. — Sitting at a table working on math with his peers Tuesday, Hunter Dennis is back in kindergarten after successful brain surgery. His is a comeback story since FOX 17 first shared his rare brain condition in 2014: at two-years-old, Dennis was diagnosed with Chiari Malformation, where the brain is slightly larger than the skull. For the last three years, his mother Katie Dennis says her son suffered seizures, pain in his arms, legs and stomach, and loss […]

  • Groups support jury tampering case Court of Appeals filing

    MECOSTA COUNTY, Mich. — Oral arguments are expected to be scheduled at the Michigan Court of Appeals in Keith Wood’s jury tampering case within the next three months, as well-known organizations filed briefs to support his appeal. Wood, a former pastor and father of eight, and his attorney David Kallman tell FOX 17 they have been fighting for Wood’s First Amendment rights since he was arrested Nov. 2015. However, they were not allowed to argue on the grounds of free speech […]

  • High school student cannot join competitive cheer team because of his gender

    JENISON, Mich. — Since first grade, Jenison High School sophomore Gabe Herdegen has been a cheerleader. Yet the seventh grade was the last time he says his public school allowed him to participate on their competitive cheer team; he was not allowed on the team because he’s a boy. Now  Herdegen is working to change state rules on who can and cannot participate on high school teams. It’s a gender discrimination dilemma, based on a company’s rules that schools opt […]

  • Finding Rachel her Forever Home

    ROCKFORD, Mich. — Sitting in what’s known as the princess chair of the salon, Rachel waved her hands in laughter at how her first pedicure tickled. Wednesday 14-year-old Rachel the animal lover received some deserved pampering by A Charmed Life Nail Salon and LA Miller in downtown Rockford. “This feels so good!” she said, sandwiched between employees perfecting the water temperature and massage chair settings. Rachel is a joy to be around: she’s as much of a jokester as she […]

  • Closing military surplus store donates inventory to woman working to open homeless shelter

    HOWARD CITY, Mich. — As volunteers sorted and boxed military-grade goods inside a closing shop Wednesday, Shanna Kuiper stood thanking the owner. “It’s hard to believe people like this exist still because it’s few and far between,” Kuiper, a mother in Howard City, told FOX 17. “They’re out there and it happens, if you just believe and put your mind to it, it’s going to happen.” Owners of J & A Military Surplus located at 19499 Howard City Edmore Rd. […]