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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
  • Judge throws out another lawsuit that argued reinstating Dewey Hill cross

    GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – The large cross on Dewey Hill that stood as a landmark since 1964, has turned into a controversial issue in Grand Haven for months now. Now another chapter in the legal battle over that cross, as a judge threw out a second lawsuit that argued taking the cross down was unconstitutional. “My family put that cross on that hill, they were part of it,” said Jeff Grunow, a concerned resident. Born and raised in Grand Haven, […]

  • False accusations that amusement park plans to dump raw sewage into watershed

    MUSKEGON, Mich. – There’s rising concern as well as some misinformation surrounding the sewage plan for the popular West Michigan amusement park Michigan’s Adventure. The amusement park is reauthorizing its permit for its on-site waste water treatment, but some residents are confused why the park does not hook up to the Muskegon County Sewer System. What first got FOX 17’s attention was an erroneous flyer circulating Facebook that claims Michigan’s Adventure is “dumping five million gallons of raw sewage into the Duck Creek Watershed.” The Michigan Department of […]

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    Sturgis residents to decide on dog-limiting ordinance

    STURGIS, Mich. – Should your local government be able to tell you how many dogs you can have? People have strong feelings about this, and that’s the question voters will be faced with in Sturgis again in November. For decades, some residents have battled with the issue of the so-called kennel ordinance, one that limits people to owning to owning up to two dogs. Rick Carter bought his home in Sturgis about five years ago and said he put his […]

  • Biker who hit girl organizes benefit as she recovers

    WYOMING, Mich. – A little girl from the Grand Rapids area is learning how to walk again after a frightening accident last week. Ottawa County deputies said biker Bryan Hornick was unable to stop in time before hitting Ryann Sather, 5, when she ran in front of his motorcycle. Sather was sent to the hospital with critical head and neck injuries, including a fractured skull. Sather’s mother Rochelle told FOX 17 that she and her family “deeply appreciate everyone’s help, […]

  • Holland woman receives wheelchair-accessible van, national winner

    HOLLAND, Mich. – A Holland woman received her keys to her brand new wheelchair-accessible van Thursday, after winning a national promotion. Collene Van Noord is one of four winners this year, part of the annual Local Hero promotion during National Mobility Awareness Month during May. The company National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) gives away four custom-fit wheelchair-accessible vans in honor of people with disabilities giving to their community. Van Noord received her keys to her brand new Toyota van […]

  • Red flag warning with waves up to 10-feet along lakeshore

    HOLLAND, Mich. – The red flags were up on many beaches along the lake shore Thursday, including Holland State Park. With waves reaching up to 10 feet and winds around 20 miles per hour, the Coast Guard warned people to stay out of the water. “Windy, yeah of course it’s windy, but it’s again it’s fun!” said Holland resident Robin Harrison. Wind gusts blew up to 30 miles per hour with waves up to 10 feet, making beach conditions unsafe. […]

  • ‘I’ll keep fighting Jake:’ A father’s message, after losing his son, to stop distracted driving

    EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Through the heartache, the parents of a local teen killed while texting and driving continue reaching out to high schools in West Michigan. Jim and Dianne Freybler have found the courage to ask drivers not to use their phones behind the wheel after their son Jacob was killed June 18, 2014 in a texting and driving crash. Since one month after his death, Jim began speaking at about 10 schools per month, asking students to […]

  • ‘Pick me, because I really need a family:’ Finding Bradley a Forever Home

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – As we continue our Forever Home series this week we introduce you to Bradley. Like many of the children we feature, Bradley is living in a group home within the Michigan foster care system. As children get older, it can be harder for them to get adopted, but kids like Bradley still need a family. And, adoption through the state is completely free. “I want you guys to pick me, pick me, because I really need […]

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    Kalamazoo Township apartment fire displaces at least 12 families, American Red Cross opens shelter

    KALAMAZOO TOWNSHIP, Mich. — An early morning apartment fire displaced at least 12 families in Kalamazoo Township Monday, after an attic fire tore through two apartment buildings. The fire was first reported sometime around 5 a.m. at the Country Meadows apartment complex at 2010 Sunnyside Drive, which is just south of Gull Road. No one was hurt. Firefighters can be seen in these pictures working on the roof of the unit. Achia Bates and her family had no warning that […]