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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.

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    Belding High School teacher and athletic trainer surprised with statewide, national recognition

    BELDING, Mich. — At a Friday afternoon assembly, Belding High School students rumored Justin Bieber would be on stage, or that their principal would announce their new mascot. They quickly learned a state lawmaker came to help honor all teachers, including two of their own. Two Belding High School educators were surprised with recognition Friday at the state and national levels. Dan Scholtens, anatomy and biology teacher and coach of 33 years with BHS, earned a statewide Special Tribute signed […]

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    Belding High School funding larger course offering, advisor with grants

    BELDING, Mich. — While Belding Public Schools finalize their new mascot, Belding High School is earning grants to fund ‘high-interest’ electives, more advanced placement courses, and a college advisor costing the district little-to-nothing. “The push is to have more high-interest electives, things that we believe students would be excited to take,” said Michael Ostrander. “The science department wants to offer a fun chemistry class, so you’re doing experiments and trying new things.” Ostrander tells FOX 17 they’re adding courses across […]

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    Man reunited with refugee mother at Ford Airport

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A Syrian refugee has been reunited with her son who lives in West Michigan, after several delays including the federal travel ban. It has been a long road for 67-year-old Fariha Aljbasini. She completed 18 months of refugee vetting, but in late January when she was supposed to arrive in the U.S., President Donald Trump’s travel order was signed banning refugees from Syria and six other countries. Her wait lasted weeks more until a federal judge […]

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    Finding Cody his Forever Home

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — As FOX 17 continues its Forever Home series, we introduce you to Cody, 16, whose passion is dancing and music. Monday Cody toured Cornerstone University’s radio station WCSG to learn about some of its shows’ behind the scenes work. Cody says he’s using similar software to regularly mix music, mostly rap and techno beats. One day he hopes to become a professional dancer or DJ. “I make my own song, like you have to make a […]

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    Treasure Me World: local business going global on Amazon Prime

    CEDAR SPRINGS, Mich. — You may know his name, FOX 17 first brought Donnie Whipple’s story to West Michigan December 2014: he’s the man many feel brought back the spirit of Christmas when he received more than 4,000 cards worldwide. Now his sister has a growing business, Treasure Me World, on Amazon, expected to launch on Amazon Prime in two weeks. Many know Whipple for his joy, especially after his sister Spring Hobbs reached out on Facebook asking a few […]

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    True love found at nostalgic full-service gas station

    WYOMING, Mich. — Love has been in the air this week. As it turns out, a full-service gas station in Wyoming has been fueling one romance for years. Monday FOX 17 shared a story about Don’s Service and Auto Repair, located at 28th Street SW and Byron Center Avenue SW. Open since 1950 many community members shared memories including one couple. We quickly learned this Wyoming cornerstone is held dearly in some hearts for more than its classic fill-up and […]

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    Deadly 2013 crash may change Michigan vehicle code to help families seeking justice

    LANSING, Mich. — The state Senate is expected to vote on a reintroduced bill next week that would change the Michigan vehicle code to help families seek justice after losing a loved one. State Senator Wayne Schmidt (R) – Traverse City reintroduced what’s now Senate Bill 80 earlier in February. With bipartisan support he says if passed lawmakers and the victims’ families hope to name this legislation Billy’s Law. A tragic Kent County accident Sept. 10, 2013 is the catalyst […]

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    Mother walks away from prostitution and drugs to help others

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — After decades of prostitution, drug use, and years in prison, a mother of three says she’s shut the door on her past for good, and now helps others do the same. Kelly Palmer, 49, tells FOX 17 for the first time she completed parole early, discharged last July, and celebrates three years of sobriety this April. Wednesday she showed off her bedroom to our cameras including lines of neatly organized shoes, clothing, cleaning supplies for the […]

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    Defense seeks to dismiss Rebekah Bletsch murder charge against Jeffrey Willis

    MUSKEGON, Mich. — The defense team for Jeffrey Willis -the man facing murder charges for Rebekah Bletsch and Jessica Heeringa as well as allegedly kidnapping a teen- asked a judge to dismiss Bletsch’s murder charges against Willis. Willis’ defense attorneys filed a motion Dec.16, 2016 asking Muskegon County Circuit Judge William Marietti to dismiss the Bletsch murder case because Willis’ constitutional rights were violated in jail searches from last August through the fall. They wrote,”the government contrived to obtain defendant’s […]