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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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    Family, friends remember Holland teen killed in Lake Michigan

    HOLLAND, Mich. — Hundreds of people gathered Friday to remember a teen who died in a boating accident last weekend. Riley Hoeksema, 16, a Holland Christian High School junior, died Sunday after he went missing in a tragic boating accident with his friend on Lake Michigan off of Holland State Park. Riley’s pastor, friends, swim coach, close friends, and family all spoke at his funeral Friday.  Through tears and even laughter each spoke to the Riley’s character, describing how he […]

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    Boy bullied for rare condition is getting his smile back

    MUSKEGON, Mich. – A seventh grader in Muskegon who has a rare oral condition will get his dental work and braces thanks to community support. Less than three hours after Gage Knapp’s story first aired on FOX 17 a local dentist, who wants no publicity, called looking to help. That dentist will now be providing x-rays and extracting Gage’s baby teeth pro bono. Additionally, thanks to many donors, the family has funds to get Knapp braces. Any extra money they […]

  • DALY CITY, CA - APRIL 18:  A bowl of medicinal marijuana is displayed in a booth at The International Cannabis and Hemp Expo April 18, 2010 at the Cow Palace in Daly City, California. The two day Cannabis and Hemp Expo features speakers, retailers selling medical marijuana smoking paraphernalia and a special tent available for medical marijuana card holders to smoke their medicine. Voters in California will consider a measure on the November general election ballot that could make the State the first in the nation to legalize the growing of a limited amount of marijuana for private use.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    Federal class action lawsuit filed against MSP crime labs over marijuana reporting policy

    DETROIT — Attorneys filed a federal class action lawsuit against the Michigan State Police crime labs this week, claiming its current marijuana reporting policy violates due process and Fourth Amendment rights and demanding it be thrown out for good. This suit would have statewide impact, directly affecting the some 180,000 registered medical marijuana patients and anyone caught with marijuana in Michigan.  Attorneys Michael Komorn and Tim Daniels filed the suit Tuesday with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District […]

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    Getting Gage’s smile back: Muskegon boy overcoming rare condition and bullying

    MUSKEGON, Mich. — A family in Muskegon is hoping to bring back their seventh grader’s smile and raise money for a down payment for dental work and braces. A smile says so much, but words can make it fade away. “They would say some mean stuff about my teeth, call me ‘buck tooth loser,'” recalled 12-year-old Gage Knapp.  “Then I’d get really, really sad at home, and then I’d fake sick and tried to stay home as much as I […]

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    Man found guilty of killing woman, setting car on fire

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. –  A man was found guilty Friday of killing a woman and setting her and her car on fire along I-96. Donald Spice was found guilty of first-degree murder and mutilation of a dead body in the November 2015 death of Lori Vargas. Thursday Spice testified in his own defense stating he and Vargas were arguing last November about finances among other things, including a $1,700 phone bill. He said Vargas had a knife in her hand, […]

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    Judge, caseworkers become Disney princesses in ‘magical’ adoption ceremony

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A Grand Rapids family adopted two daughters who they have fostered for nearly two years last week, but it was who walked into their adoption hearing that made it extra special. “It was amazing,” said Sarah Koning, recalling adopting her daughters with her husband Jim last Wednesday. Once upon a time, two little girls, Danielle and Nevaeh, became sisters. Danielle showed off some of her favorite toys and medals she’s earned to FOX 17 Thursday, making […]

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    Michigan Supreme Court to challenge ‘knock and talk’ used against former deputies, medical marijuana patients

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — For the first time, the Michigan Supreme Court will consider a so-called ‘knock and talk’ case, and look into the boundaries of the Fourth Amendment in the case against two former Kent County correctional officers, and medical marijuana patients, charged with having pot butter. Two recent wins for former correctional officers of 23 years, Todd Van Doorne and Mike Frederick: the Michigan Supreme Court will hear oral arguments, likely this fall; and both will be be […]

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    Finding Charles his Forever Home

    COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. — At 16-years-old, Charles is still hopeful he will be adopted before he ages out of the Michigan foster care system at 18, losing the chance to be legally adopted. Tuesday he smiled into the wind, driving a go-kart at AJ’s Family Fun Center enjoying his time just to be a kid. This just after he shot a hole-in-one his first time playing mini-golf, and on the first hole. “I just get up every day and thank […]

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    Veterans, loved ones testify inside the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans before lawmakers

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — For the first time, many veterans testified alongside grieving loved ones before lawmakers inside the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans Monday. The joint committee meeting included lawmakers from the Oversight and Ethics Committee along with the Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs, hopeful to document details and move forward with change in favor of these veterans and their care. During the daylong hearing widow Cheryl Ware testified of her husband Richard’s death and said, “the home […]