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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
  • Case to reinstall Grand Haven’s Dewey Hill cross heard in court

    GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – A group called Citizens of Grand Haven filed a lawsuit against the city to restore the Christian cross on Dewey Hill.  On Friday, a Judge Jon Hulsing heard the case in Ottawa County Circuit Court. The group filed the lawsuit April 1, stating the removal of the Dewey Hill cross violates free speech and religious freedom as stated in the Michigan Constitution and the Michigan Civil Rights Act. Judge Hulsing questioned whether the lawsuit could go […]

  • Township condemns home infested with 1,000+ rats

    FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A woman’s animal rescue, operated out of her home, is condemned after quickly becoming infested with what authorities estimated to be more than 1,000 rats. Christine Lea, of Christine’s Critter Café Rescue, has been renting and living in the property in the 5800 block of Airline Road for more than 10 years. Fruitport Township Supervisor Brian Wersham told FOX that Lea had until noon Tuesday to remove all of the animals from her home and rescue. […]

  • More family items, and flag pole, removed from loved ones’ grave sites

    TYRONE TOWNSHIP, Mich. – At Idlewild Cemetery in Tyrone Township, one less flag waved in honor of Memorial Day: the flag pole on the burial site for beloved Kent City Eagle View Elementary teacher, Donna Loveland, was removed. Over the weekend, FOX 17 News first covered the story of Loveland’s family who said a note was placed on a flag pole that was at Donna’s grave, saying it needed to be removed. Donna was well-known in the community, and her […]

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    Forever Homes: A day in Cedar Point for Breanna, Daeshawn, and Michael

    SANDUSKY, OH. – We continue our Forever Home series, working to help Michigan kids in the foster care system. FOX 17 News had a very special opportunity this time around to take the series inside the world’s roller coaster capital, at Cedar Point. We would like to introduce: Breanna, Daeshawn, and Michael. Breanna, 15, is a high school sophomore, who’s a people-person. She likes school, and hopes to be an office administrator one day. “I like to be around people, […]

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    Cedar Point: New thrillers, hotel, getting there on a budget

      SANDUSKY, OH. – They are famous nationwide for their thrilling rides and roller coasters: Cedar Point just opened for its 146th season. New this summer is their Rougarou thriller, which makes 17 roller coasters in the park. It’s the first floor-less coaster. It’s the former track of the Mantis roller coaster with revamped seating: instead of standing for the ride, you sit with your arms and legs free, and no floor. “Your legs are literally dangling just inches above […]

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    MI Senate bans e-cigarette sales to minors following teen overdose

    LANSING, Mich. –- Mason County alone has seen a handful of teens go into seizures, after smoking an additive called Darth Vapor, which officials tested to be synthetic marijuana. The latest incident happened Monday, when a 19-year-old Baldwin man was airlifted to the hospital in critical condition. Wednesday afternoon, the Michigan Senate voted on this growing concern, and what they believe to be two major problems: e-cigarettes and powdered alcohol. Both the Senate bill to ban the sale of e-cigarettes […]

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    ‘A victim can look like anybody:’ Survivor of domestic violence shares experience

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – At some point in their lives, one in four women and one in seven men will experience domestic violence. Since the start of the month of May in West Michigan, at least three women were killed at the hands of their partners. Three women connected to West Michigan killed: a loving 74-year-old grandmother, Grace Thrasher, in Texas Township; a 42-year-old mother, Laura Stineback, in Dowagiac; and a 44-year-old girlfriend, Amy Wienski, from Homer Township. They are […]

  • Finding a Forever Home for Michael

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – As we continue our Forever Home series, we introduce you to Michael, a high school sophomore who puts others first. Michael is musical, has high aspirations, and shared his number one wish: to soon be adopted. Tuesday morning, Michael warmed up on violin, an instrument he has loved learning to play over the past four years. Michael is 16-years-old, he’s musical, and in school he said he loves science. “I’m intelligent, and I’m smart, and I […]

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    Baby Natallya case: Mother’s boyfriend allegedly hid baby’s body for several days

    WHITE CLOUD, Mich. — Matthew Bradley was charged Thursday in connection with the death of baby Natallya Rich. Bradley was arraigned on a five-year felony charge of concealing the 4-month-old’s death.   He was also charged with a concealed weapon felony in connection with an unrelated outstanding bench warrant. Natallya’s mother, Brittany Rich, said these charges are not harsh enough. She said she wants the truth. “He left her down there, like she was nothing” she said. “He made me believe […]