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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
  • Elementary school paraprofessional suspended after child abuse allegations

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Another educator is suspended from Grand Rapids Public Schools this week after a separate incident with child abuse allegations. Camilia Butler says a paraprofessional in her daughter’s second-grade classroom at Mulick Elementary School abused her nine-year-old at least three times since the fall. Friday Butler marched with about a dozen others outside of the school with signs chanting, “Justice for Kissy,” her daughter’s nickname. Butler says her daughter Shamarkiss Butler has cerebral palsy, seizures and takes medication […]

  • High school senior graduates in three years as salutatorian

    CEDAR SPRINGS, Mich. — At 17 years old, Mackenna Darling has already earned a lot of titles. Finishing high school in three years, she’s preparing for graduation next and learned one more role that she will be writing about. “I’m the biggest sports fan you’ll ever meet in your life,” said Darling. She is a Cedar Springs High School senior, varsity cheerleader, full-time marketing director with Northern Mortgage Services and senior class student council vice president to name a few accomplishments. “My […]

  • Soldier surprises her family a few days early

    KENTWOOD, Mich. — A soldier in West Michigan is on her way to her military career with the National Guard, and surprised her family when she came home a few days early. “I’m so excited to see them,” said Private Alexandria Downing to FOX 17 Wednesday, just a moment before first surprising her younger brother at West Michigan Aviation Academy. Walking down the hallway at the Academy, Downing walked into her younger brother’s classroom when he ran up to her […]

  • Finding Mariah her Forever Home

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A place to call home and a family, that’s what thousands of kids statewide are still hopeful for. As FOX 17 continues its Forever Home series, we introduce you to one young lady wishing to be adopted. It’s been almost three years since Mariah, 16, says she starting living in a group foster home, but her hope, curiosity or kindness were never broken. Tuesday she shared her exclusive behind-the-scenes visit at the John Ball Zoo with […]

  • Parents advocate distracted driving law in honor of son

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A family in Grand Rapids is changing lives one driver at a time, dedicated to ending distracted driving after losing their son. Now they’ve helped introduce legislation that would strengthen distracted driving law statewide. Jim Freybler is a well-known voice against distracted driving. He is even louder now calling for statewide change: in March he helped introduce pending legislation that would make it illegal to hold a phone and drive, even while stopped at a traffic […]

  • Letter carriers say ‘thanks’ for record-breaking Stamp Out Hunger food drive

      GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. —  The 25th Annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive is a record-breaker in Grand Rapids and likely nationwide. As of Wednesday, letter carriers collected 204,303 pounds of donated food from residents in greater Grand Rapids. “Thank you, Grand Rapids!” said a dozen East Paris station letter carriers Thursday to all the residents who donated. For a quarter century, the National Association of Letter Carriers has run and collected 1.3 billion pounds of food nationwide donated to […]

  • Ex-Rockford coach sentenced for secretly filming girls

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A former Rockford Schools’ rowing coach was sentenced Wednesday to 22 years in federal prison then five years’ supervised released. He confessed to secretly filming underage girls undressing, as well as having child pornography. Timothy Vallier, 30, pleaded guilty last fall to two felonies, including recording high school athletes in locker rooms. Former Rockford HS crew coach Tim Vallier sentenced to 22 years for secretly filming 62 girls undressing in locker room @FOX17 — Dana Chicklas […]

  • Middle schooler starts Post-it note campaign to promote kindness

    CALEDONIA, Mich. — What can you write on a Post-it note? An eighth grade bathroom at Kraft Meadows Middle School was covered with them Thursday. The sticky notes and their messages are being posted in bathrooms across this school and others. “For girls to be saying nice things to each other is all I wanted,” said Alexa Leason, the KMMS eighth grader behind this act of kindness. Middle school can be tough, and bullying happens everywhere from on social media […]

  • The “backbone of the league:” Meet the man behind Marne Little League

    MARNE, Mich. — Little League season is underway but those playing and coaching the game in Marne want to thank someone who’s kept their league running smoothly for years. Tuesday is tee ball night on Marne’s Little League field. As parents were helping little ones learn the game, a slugger came up and hit a home run. This age-old game brings 140 families together just this year. Yet it’s the man with no more kids on the field who rebuilt […]