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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
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    Search to resume mid-June for missing boaters as Marine Academy wraps up

    HOLLAND, Mich. – Family members and recovery diving non-profit Bruce’s Legacy plan to start a search again mid-June for two boaters still missing after fishing in Lake Michigan. Six months ago, family members of two boaters turned to law enforcement and volunteer divers with Bruce’s Legacy to help find their loved ones Chris Thode, 25, and Aaron Juarez, 40, who were last heard from Sept. 25. After an extensive search, they came to terms with Lake Michigan as a resting […]

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    Flowers expected to be in ‘full bloom’ for Tulip Time

    HOLLAND, Mich. –  Recently named USA Today’s “Best Flower Festival” in the country, Tulip Time starts next weekend and crews are midway through set-up. Even with the cooler weather Thursday, Tulip Time Executive Director Gwen Auwerda said to expect full bloom by Tulip Time. “The flowers are expected to be perfect for the festival,” said Auwerda.  “We have about 50 percent in bloom right now, next week everything should start to pop out. They actually love this cool weather, to […]

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    Winner of wheelchair accessible minivan takes joy in getting mobility back

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — May is Mobility Awareness Month. To recognize that people have different abilities, it’s that time of year again to enter for your chance to win one of three wheelchair-accessible minivans. After seeing FOX 17’s story last year, Collene Van Noord of Holland decided to enter, and was the first from West Michigan to win. This is the fifth annual, national Local Hero contest which the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) runs alongside agencies like Clock […]

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    Enter to win a wheelchair accessible minivan in national Local Hero giveaway

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — In honor of Mobility Awareness Month in May, the fifth annual Local Hero contest has begun to give away three wheelchair accessible vehicles. The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) has opened its annual national promotion working to raise awareness of different abilities as well as vehicle solutions for all people. For a chance to win, you may enter your short story about why you are a Local Hero at This year NMEDA, working with […]

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    Judge weighs whether Speaker Cotter can be subpoenaed in Courser, Gamrat criminal cases

    LANSING, Mich. — Former Michigan lawmakers Cindy Gamrat and Todd Courser were back in court Tuesday as their criminal cases move forward. The key to Tuesday’s arguments between the prosecution and defense is whether House Speaker Kevin Cotter can be subpoenaed to testify in these cases. Argument revolved statute that writes a legislator is not subject to a subpoena for any matter involving statements made by the legislator regarding his or her duty. The prosecution argued that Cotter has immunity to avoid […]

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    Victim testifies against ex-softball coach accused of rape

    GRAND HAVEN, Mich. — The preliminary hearing is underway in Ottawa County for a former softball coach accused of sexually assaulting a teen girl who he coached. Tuesday we heard about 90 minutes of testimony directly from the victim, a girl who is now 17-years-old. She described two alleged sexual encounters she had with Thomas Galloway, 44. Due to testimony, Galloway is now charged with four counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct, 1st degree.  Galloway was arrested last month for the […]

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    Man who caused nationwide amber alert charged with first-degree murder

    BERRIEN COUNTY, Mich. — A Berrien County man accused of killing the mother of his children and her father, then abducting his two young daughters was officially charged Friday. Alex Perez is charged with two counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of Renee Mitchell, 27, and her father John Mitchell, 67, in January. Perez arrived back in Berrien County after he was arrested in Colorado in January. The abduction of his daughters caused a nationwide amber alert. It started […]

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    Medical marijuana patients reunited with son after lengthy court battles, unfounded drug charges

    SPRING LAKE, Mich. — After 18 months, a Spring Lake family’s son is out of foster care and reunited with his parents.  Yet the fight to be together, through court battles and serious drug charges despite being card-carrying medical marijuana patients, still haunts them. Thursday, Max Lorincz’s son Dante, 6, picked out his favorite toys from a basket in the family’s living room, handing one to FOX 17 saying, “this is my dad’s favorite.” Piece by piece, Max and his […]

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    Wyoming murder suspects appear in court

    WYOMING, Mich. — The two teens accused of murdering 16-year-old Michael White appeared in court Wednesday for a probable cause hearing. Quentin Schafer and Carlos Delgado, both 15, are charged as adults with open murder.  The two waived their probable cause hearings and are scheduled to be back in court May 18. A neighbor walking his dog found White dead Saturday morning on March 19 in Lions Park.  He was a student at Wyoming High School junior. According to probable […]