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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
  • Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference: deregulation, platforms and polls

    MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. — The 32nd Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference wrapped with nearly 2,000 attending during an off-election year, though much of the focus shifted toward the 2018 midterms. Speakers on stage focused on Michigan in a positive light: job growth, funding to fix our roads and possible tax cuts. But off-stage FOX 17 spoke with elected officials about what recent policy really means, took a look ahead to the 2018 ballot, and asked what should be done about Line 5: […]

  • Where Michigan Republicans stand from Mackinac Island to 2018 midterms

    MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. — The political mainstay of the 2017 Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference was Michigan as a ‘comeback state.’ Discussions on stage focused on statewide job growth, funding to fix Michigan roads, and proposing tax cuts. Speculations continued looking ahead to the 2018 midterm election, and national politics was also a common thread, including a closer look at the lingering Graham-Cassidy bill vote that may sink republican reform. “It’s very disappointing frankly, that we’ve got a group of republican […]

  • “He was such a good kid:” Family remembers Trooper Timothy O’Neill

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Law enforcement statewide are paying tribute to Michigan State Police Trooper Timothy O’Neill, 28, who was killed in the line of duty Wednesday after a collision with another car on his patrol motorcycle. Thursday, his Grandmother Mary O’Neill spoke with FOX 17 and says he leaves behind a close-knit family. “He was such a good kid,” his Grandmother said. “The only thing you can say about him is that he’s a good looking, straight shooter about […]

  • Finding Anthony his Forever Home

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — FOX 17 continues our Forever Home series to help kids living in Michigan foster care find loving adoptive families. Anthony, 11, clipped into his climbing gear at Grand Rapids Treetop Adventure Park. Then one step at a time, looking straight ahead, he conquered his fear of heights. And his favorite part? The zipline. “It was fun!” he said. Then he quickly offered advice for anyone else who’s afraid of heights: “Just whatever you do, don’t look […]

  • Hunger Action Month: Effects of proposed SNAP cuts

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — As proposed cuts of 25 percent to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program’s (SNAP) funding looms in the 2018 federal budget, at least 15 percent of Michiganders are food insecure and depend on this program formerly known as food stamps. “A lot of people are paycheck to paycheck and if, let’s say you get a big bill, you need it that month and the fact that [food assistance is] there is important,” said Molly Kooi, Kooi is […]

  • West Michigan reacts to Trump saying he wants to ban transgender people from military

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Wednesday he wants transgender people barred from serving in the U.S. military “in any capacity,” citing “tremendous medical costs and disruption.” This day also marks 69 years ago when President Harry Truman signed the executive order to desegregate the American military. Trump’s announcement on Twitter would reverse the ban that the Obama Administration lifted nearly 13 months ago, opening the armed services to transgender people. Trump did not say what would happen to transgender […]

  • What’s next for Michigan DACA recipients: Oct. 5 deadline

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — “It’s been a lot of stress and a lot of panic,” said Katie White, an accredited representative accredited by the Department of Justice practicing immigration law and directing the Immigrant Connection at City Life Church in Grand Rapids. Nearly 800,000 people and their families’ lives hang in the balance with the Trump Administration announcement to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, but deadlines are approaching quickly. An informational meeting was held at City Life Church […]

  • Hunger Action Month: A mother’s story of asking for help, now helping others

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Closing her laptop, Molly Kooi sat on her couch to discuss the growing need of food insecurity and hunger in West Michigan. “It’s just average people that need help,” said Kooi. A single mother caring for her nearly two-and-a-half-year-old son, Kooi is a full-time undergraduate student, intern and employee. “There’s no way that I could do all of that if I didn’t have food stamps,” said Kooi. “I’d be having to work two-plus jobs full-time to […]

  • Animal rescue mission from Hurricane Harvey to West Michigan

    MUSKEGON, Mich. — The Noah Project, a no-kill animal shelter in Muskegon, is coordinating a 100 animal rescue from shelters in the Louisiana and Texas areas to West Michigan. Thursday afternoon the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development approved The Noah Project’s mission to fly the animals into West Michigan following state guidelines. Shortly before, the animal shelter’s team partnered with Pilots ‘N Paws and secured a jet. “I am so geeked you know it’s always been my dream […]