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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.

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    Volunteers build wheelchair ramp, giving back family’s independence

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — On the hottest day of the year so far, volunteers spent the day building a wheelchair ramp, giving back one Grand Rapids’ family’s independence. For 25 years, the Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids has partnered with Home Repair Services to build projects for families in need on these community repair days. Friday, volunteers finished the ramp for the Peters family. Opening their screen door, Renee Peters pushed her 16-year-old Jesse’s wheelchair for the first […]

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    Hearse ticketed during memorial, city apologizes and voids tickets

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The hearse and at least two funeral cars were ticketed Thursday during 12-year-old Sami Bannister’s memorial. Bannister, best known as #TeamTinyDancer, has inspired too many to count with her courage and kindness while living with a rare form of brain cancer. Thursday, Bannister’s parents Jeremiah and Angela expected about 1,600 to attend their daughter’s memorial service at Fountain Street Church downtown Grand Rapids. Loved ones snapped photos of her hearse ticketed and tell FOX 17 they […]

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    Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease cases on the rise

    KENT COUNTY, Mich. — There is an increase of Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease cases in Kent County as of June. Though many cases go unreported, Kent County Health Department data shows since the start of June, 28 patients 8 years old and younger have gone to emergency departments with HFMD symptoms; two more just this week. Thursday, FOX 17 spoke with one Rockford family whose two youngest children are dealing with the painful symptoms. “We feel it’s like the new […]

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    2010 Enbridge oil spill in Kalamazoo River: a lasting effect on local business

    BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — With the $177 settlement between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice with Enbridge announced Wednesday, the $62 million in fines from the July 2010 Kalamazoo River oil spill are the highest Clean Water Act penalties to be paid for an oil spill. Considered to be the worst inland oil spill in U.S. history, Enbridge and EPA officials Wednesday in Battle Creek dodged directly answering-multiple times-exactly where the $61 million in fines for […]

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    “Never give up, keep on smiling” — Remembering #TeamTinyDancer Sami Bannister

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A 12-year-old girl who brought so many together through strength and selflessness while living with brain cancer passed away Sunday.  Living and inspiring by her own words, “Never give up. Keep on Smiling!” Samantha Bannister will always be remembered in part as #TeamTinyDancer. “She always cared about everyone else,” said Sami’s mother Angela Bannister on Monday. “She had a big heart.” Sami began sharing her fight against brain cancer publicly in March 2015, when her father […]

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    Mother grieving daughter forgives son-in-law, calls for diverse police force

    KENTWOOD, Mich. — The mother of a woman killed by her husband three months ago in Kentwood shared powerful messages of forgiveness, as well as her call for equal representation and diversity in law enforcement. “We’re all just hurting horribly,” said Katie Jackson, speaking with FOX 17 at her Wyoming home Thursday. “Where does all this hurt go?” Jackson recalled her daughter Casey Kempker and her strength, understanding and her love for her three children.  As a mother, she’s grateful […]

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    Finding Andre his Forever Home

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — With school out many kids are enjoying summer with their families, while some in foster care have more time to imagine what it would be like to be adopted. As FOX 17 continues our Forever Home series, we introduce you to Andre, 9. Right off the bat Andre is an engaging fourth grader who is a sweetheart. Tuesday FOX 17 caught up with him after his first official baseball game in the Grand Rapids Police Department’s […]

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    ACLU ‘mobile justice’ app records, automatically sends video

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — With continued unrest nationwide following the deaths of two black men and five police officers, video has become critical. The American Civil Liberties Union is promoting its smartphone app that films and automatically sends video to their state office. It’s called Mobile Justice, a free app launched in Michigan in June 2015 as well as in 17 states and Washington, D.C. Once downloaded, just press record. As soon as the filming stops, the app automatically sends […]

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    ‘This is an issue of humanity’ — Community leaders address senseless violence

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — As the nation struggles to comprehend the violence and the senseless deaths of black men and police officers this week, the Grand Rapids community stood together and addressed these tragedies. From Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Falcon Heights, Minnesota, to Dallas: grainy cell phone videos have become a painful eye-witness account of all too frequent tragedy. Friday the Grand Rapids Police Chief David Rahinsky, Grand Rapids NAACP President Cle Jackson, and Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss held […]