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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
  • Police investigating possible hate crime, transgender woman’s car spray-painted with slurs

    PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Gidget Groendyk says it was difficult driving her car into work Thursday morning, because hateful slurs had been spraypainted on it. Groendyk is a transgender woman, and she tells FOX 17 she has faced years of harrassment. The Kent County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the vandalism as a possible hate crime. Groendyk lives in a quiet Blithefield Acres neighborhood, and Thursday she woke up to her car vandalized in her driveway. “I’m so used to this […]

  • A U.S. Veteran’s reminder to neighbors before lighting fireworks

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – One of the biggest celebrations of our country, the Fourth of July, comes with fireworks and unexpected loud explosions: noises that can jar some of the men and women who have fought for the very reason we celebrate. An important issue that many U.S. Veterans told FOX 17 News would help during the season of fireworks is eliminating the element of surprise. If Veterans expect fireworks, then many explain they can prepare themselves. Retired Army Sergeant […]

  • SCOTUS ruling on same-sex marriage, impact on workplace benefits

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – It may still be an uphill battle after the Supreme Court’s momentous ruling to legalize same-sex marriage. The decision raises many questions about the legal implications in the workplace for LGBT employees and their spouses. Friday’s historic ruling inevitably leads to some large, looming questions: namely, can employers refuse health care benefits to same-sex spouses of their employees? Nationally legalizing same-sex marriage is a relief as it is likely a burden for employers and employees alike. […]

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    Same-sex couples apply for marriage licenses in West Michigan

    WEST MICHIGAN — Following Friday’s historic Supreme Court ruling overturning bans on same-sex marriage, couples across West Michigan started applying for marriage licenses. Zach and Colby Roanhorse, the first same-sex couple to apply for a marriage license in-person at the Kent County clerk’s office after Friday’s historic Supreme Court ruling, spoke to FOX 17. “I was by the TV ready to go: passports in hand, birth certificates in hand, I booked it,” Colby Roanhorse said. “I mean I ran in. So, […]

  • Finding a Forever Home for Micah

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – As FOX 17 News continues its Forever Home series, we feature youth who are in the Michigan foster care system. Adoption specialists report that the older children are, nearing their eighteenth birthday, the less likely they will be adopted. We would like to introduce families to Micah, a 16-year-old who is as special as his name. “It’s from the Bible,” said Micah. “He was a prophet.” Micah is cooperative and likes to follow the rules; he […]


    Sinkholes, flash flooding, debris rampant after storms

      CALHOUN COUNTY, Mich. – Rushing water, sinkholes, and debris have taken over at least 60 roadways in Calhoun County after flash-flooding Monday night. Many roads are destroyed, underwater, or have lost massive pieces of asphalt to rushing water. Calhoun County Road Commission Managing Director Christopher Bolt said some parts of the county had five inches of rain in about an hour Monday night. That rainfall coupled with earlier weeks of rain, and Bolt said the ground was too saturated […]

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    Fifth Third Bank closing 100 branches, selling 30 properties

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Fifth Third Bank plans to close or sell 100 branches along with 30 properties the company originally bought to expand branch offices by mid-2016. This will be the largest branch closing in the history of the bank, Fifth Third Bank Senior Vice President and Director of Corporate Communications Larry Magnesen told FOX 17 News. The anticipated closings are due to a change in the way people bank. The company and overall industry is seeing  an increase in […]

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    Gerald R. Ford Airport reinstates Allegiant nonstop flight to Fort Lauderdale

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Starting mid-December, the nonstop Allegiant flight to Fort Lauderdale will return to Grand Rapids. This will be the 23rd city that Gerald R. Ford Airport offers flights to. Due to resource issues, Allegiant pulled this seasonal flight from Grand Rapids about one year ago, Gerald R. Ford Airport Deputy Executive Director Phil Johnson said. However, there was still high customer demand for it. Starting Dec. 16, the nonstop flight between Grand Rapids and Fort Lauderdale will […]

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    GRPD’s junior police academy looking to train, change public perception of law enforcement

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – School is out, but class is in session for the Grand Rapids Police Department: their first of two junior police academies this summer kicked off Monday morning. For one week, high school sophomores to recent graduates from schools around West Michigan take on what it really means to become a police officer. Kenowa Hills High School Graduate Liz Caputo said she is ready to take on the challenge of working in a field that men typically […]