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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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    “Why did God give me another chance?”–Man survives train collision

    MUSKEGON, Mich. — Patrick Bridges, 27, is thankful to be alive after surviving being hit by a train last week. While he admits it was a bad decision that landed him in the hospital, he’s grateful and believes his medical training saved his life. “I’m pretty confident that God has something really great planned for me,” Bridges told FOX 17 Thursday at home in Muskegon. Bridges is a licensed EMT and Army veteran who served as a combat life-saver from […]

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    “[We] are coming together to show that we can’t be broken:” Women’s March on Washington

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — On Saturday, the day after inauguration, the Women’s March on Washington is forecast as possibly the largest human rights event in history. It’s a movement that intends to demand and protect human rights on the first day the new administration takes place. And it’s grown to the point of Washington, D.C. officials reporting three times more permits issued to park tour buses citywide during the March than on Inauguration Day. “This is a moment when we […]

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    Grand Rapids Fire Department spent $510,000 more than 2016 overtime budget in its busiest year

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Last year the Grand Rapids Fire Department had its busiest year on record in 166 years after it responded to 23,170 alarms. However, with extra work comes extra pay: in 2016 GRFD spent $510,041 more than its overtime budget, making it the third consecutive year of overspending its allotted overtime. You can see part of this issue with these overtime figures: Fiscal year 2014: GRFD budgeted $116,000, then spent $143,108 Fiscal year 2015: GRFD budgeted $194,244, […]

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    Students, community march to honor Dr. King at Aquinas College

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a man who fought for equality and civil rights. Monday, communities nationwide are remembering and honoring his legacy. In West Michigan many celebrated Dr. King including those on Aquinas College’s campus. Students, professors and community members began their march linking arms in solidarity and in prayer: “We ask that you would help us to wake up to our reality, but to keep living the dream,” said one leader. “It’s a […]

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    ‘I love you more:’ Husband remembers wife, shares message to accused hit and run driver

    WYOMING, Mich. — One day before a husband in Wyoming plans to say goodbye to his wife at her memorial, he recalled her talents and her heart. Then he shared a message offering no hate but seeking justice against the man accused of accidentally taking her life. “You took the life of the woman I love and I don’t hold it against you,” said Ben Crawford, if he could speak with Austin Hill, charged with leaving the scene of an accident […]

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    Finding C. J. his Forever Home

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Thousands of children and teens in Michigan are living in foster care, hoping to finally be adopted. As FOX 17 continues our Forever Home series, we introduce you to Christopher, “C. J.,” who is a seventh grader with a big heart. “What number did [Michael] Jordan wear?” asked C. J. Tuesday, as he untied his bright blue and orange Jordans. Color-coordinated from head to toe, with basketball often on his mind, C. J. is as creative […]

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    Girl hopes to fund facial reconstruction surgery for uncle as thirteenth birthday wish

    HASTINGS, Mich. — Since Gloriana Elston turned 9-years-old her only wish on her birthdays have been to help someone else. This April 14, when she turns 13, she hopes to raise $30,000 or find a surgeon who can provide facial reconstruction to a long-time family friend she calls her uncle. “He’s really a great guy, and I want to help him get his life back,” said Elston. Elston grabbed her books from her locker Monday telling FOX 17 she’s working […]

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    Mother of woman who threatened mosque says daughter was amidst psychotic episode

    KENTWOOD, Mich. — Kari Moss, 33, is charged with a false threat of terrorism after allegedly demanding cash and threatening to blow up a Kentwood mosque Monday, a 20-year felony. Moss interrupted Judge William Kelly throughout her arraignment for more than 10 minutes Wednesday, which her mother says showcases how mentally ill she is and a cry for help. Moss told Judge Kelly she would represent herself and asked for no bond. Her mother says Moss was amidst a psychotic […]

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    Owner, whose dog was shot and killed, could face charges

    HUDSONVILLE, Mich. — A family in Hudsonville is mourning their 6-year-old dog, accusing their next door neighbor of shooting and killing him Saturday. But Tuesday the Ottawa County Sheriff’s spokesperson says the dog’s owner may be charged for letting her animal run at-large. “My heart sank because the barking stopped,” said Linda Holmes to FOX 17 Monday. “And I knew he shot him. I knew it. And then I heard another one. Why did he have to do it twice?” Holmes […]