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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
  • Calls for Congress to pass immigration reform grow louder in West Michigan

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Time is running out for Congress to act on immigration reform and pass a bill to renew the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program. Yet with DACA ending March 5, many have already lost their protected status. While many youth live in limbo, uncertain of whether Congress will act, protests and calls for action continue throughout West Michigan. “If lawmakers are choosing to ignore their constituents on such a matter that has so much support, what other […]

  • Harding’s Market closing in Otsego

    OTSEGO, Mich. — After nearly 70 years with the family business, owners of Harding’s Market announced plans to close their downtown Otsego location in March. No closing date is set, but Harding and Hill, Inc. President Dan Hill wrote in a public statement Monday that they will be providing positions at other locations to as many affected employees as they can: “Recently, we made the difficult decision to close our Harding’s Market Otsego location, which has proudly served the community […]

  • Smart thermometers read school trends before illness spreads

    HOWARD CITY, Mich. — Flu season is not over yet, with the CDC saying this year’s flu vaccine is less than 40 percent effective. To help stop illness from spreading, one West Michigan school is using smart phone technology with thermometers. MacNaughton Elementary in the Tri County Area Schools is one of 11 schools statewide using “smart thermometers” and its app through the Kinsa health program. MacNaughton School Nurse Christine Dailey earned the grant last year and received about 170 […]

  • Finding Kaleb his Forever Home

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — On this Valentine’s Day FOX 17 continues its Forever Home series, to continue a conversation about adoption. Kaleb, 11, is as caring as he is rambunctious, and always eager to learn. Wednesday Kaleb explored the Grand Rapids’ Children’s Museum with FOX 17 saying he’s hopeful he’ll find a loving family, starting with the right mom. “I hid there all along!” Kaleb laughed, crawling out from under a bench, playing a hearty game of hide-and-seek. Kaleb is […]

  • Mother donating warm clothes, fundraising to start a homeless shelter

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A mother’s hope to help the homeless grew from donating warm clothing the last 14 months, to organizing fundraisers to build a new homeless shelter in northern Kent County. Since Dec. 2016, Shanna Kuiper, a mother from Howard City, made 16 trips to Grand Rapids to donate a car full of winter clothing, including snowsuits sized for people she’s met before. Wednesday, Kuiper made what she said would be her last trip for a while, so […]

  • Breakfasts for Better Days fights hunger at school

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — With winter advisories ahead, snow days can take a bigger toll on students who not only miss a day of school, but go without consistent meals. One in six kids in the United States struggle with hunger. To help keep students fed, Union High School in Grand Rapids implements an alternative bagged breakfast. It’s part of the Breakfasts for Better Days program funded by the Kellogg Company and a grant through No Kid Hungry Michigan. For […]

  • Students, NAACP and Forest Hills Superintendent condemn blackface incident at school

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Pictures of a Forest Hills Northern High School student wearing blackface in class went as viral as the criticism and disgust from students and the community. Monday Forest Hills Public Schools Superintendent Daniel Behm tells FOX 17 the district has zero tolerance for this type of behavior, after pictures surfaced Thursday on social media. “Students, community members, families feel the harm and feel the exclusion, and this dredges up a terrible history of our country, and […]

  • Jury tampering conviction upheld for man who passed out fliers on sidewalk

    MECOSTA COUNTY, Mich. — Twenty-seven months into his case, a judge denied the appeal for the man convicted of jury tampering, after passing out jury rights’ pamphlets on a sidewalk before the Mecosta County Courthouse. Friday in the Mecosta County, Isabella County District Judge Eric Janes upheld Keith Wood’s conviction for the one-year misdemeanor jury tampering. Wood was escorted in handcuffs from the courtroom he first faced Nov. 24 2015, after he says Mecosta County District Judge Peter Jaklevic ordered […]

  • Grand Rapids Police to enhance officer training regarding children

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Grand Rapids Police Department requested a $9,995 upgrade to their virtual training system to add more scenarios involving children to hone officers’ skills in de-escalation and use of power. Tuesday, the city’s fiscal committee supported the GRPD’s request, which is expected to be passed by the city commission during their 7 p.m. meeting. The training enhancement comes after two high-profile 2017 incidents involving children for which the GRPD was criticized. The GRPD has used the MILO […]