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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
  • Michigan Adoption Month: “It taught us how to love in a way we didn’t know we had in us”

    MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. — November is  Michigan Adoption Month, as the Michigan Supreme Court encourages judges across the state to celebrate families finalizing adoptions, bringing awareness to the more than 3,000 kids statewide in need of forever homes. Friday Muskegon County Family Court celebrated its first Annual Superhero Day: as the Collins family officially welcomed one-year-old Isaiah into their family. “From this day forward Deanna Marie Collins and Christopher Claude Collins are the mother and father of Isaiah Robert Collins,” […]

  • Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’s effect on graduate education could cause ‘nationwide brain drain’

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. — If the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act becomes law, many graduate students and families are concerned with large tuition tax hikes that some say would cause a “nationwide brain drain.” This tax reform, as passed by the U.S. House Thursday, would leave many middle to low-income graduate students unable to finance their higher education. As written, H. R. 1 would repeal the tuition waiver tax exemption for graduate students who are teaching and researching assistants. Overall, it […]

  • Judge to issue written opinion on Nestle lawsuit against Osceola Township

    OSCEOLA COUNTY, Mich. — The wait continues for water giant Nestle and the people who live in Osceola Township. The company was hoping to double the water they pump from the township, but when the township rejected their permit for a new pumping station, Nestle sued. The Mason County judge presiding over the lawsuit ended Wednesday’s hearing saying she’ll issue a written opinion on the matter, shortly after protesters lined the streets by the courthouse. Protesters showed more than 100,000 […]

  • Neighbor and vet clinic lay stray dog to rest, in search of answers

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Neighbors and a vet clinic came together over the weekend to lay a dog to rest after he was found dead in a yard. The dog, now called Benjamin, was cremated Monday morning at BluePearl Emergency Veterinary and Specialty Animal Hospital at no expense. Michele Schaut, the animal rescuer who found him, says she needed more help from the county when she called authorities, but wasn’t told where to go other than her vet Sunday afternoon. […]

  • Ana Carrillo’s autopsy scheduled for Friday

    KENT COUNTY, Mich. — The autopsy for a missing mother from Wyoming was scheduled for Friday, after Wyoming police say they found her remains on Thursday. Missing since Sept. 3, family of Ana Carrillo say they are now focused on giving her a proper funeral and laying her to rest. Thursday after 2:30 p.m. Wyoming police announced they found Carrillo’s remains in an undisclosed location. Between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday neighbors near the suspect Andrew Hudson‘s mother’s home […]

  • Search for Ana Carrillo continues; suspect worked in concrete at nearby ‘Castle’ worksite

    KENT COUNTY, Mich. — Police and K-9s continue the search for a missing mother of Wyoming, Ana Carrillo, at the intersection of Johnson and Millennium parks Thursday. Wyoming police officials say investigators found nothing at a nearby site Wednesday, after a five-hour search in Johnson Park. The murder suspect and Carrillo’s ex-boyfriend, Andrew Hudson, was with police on site for about two hours Wednesday. FOX 17 learned Thursday that Hudson worked as a general production worker who made concrete products […]

  • Roadside saliva drug testing begins in five Michigan counties Wednesday

    LANSING, Mich. — Starting Wednesday, Michigan State Police begin a one-year pilot roadside saliva drug testing program, though some are skeptical of the test’s reliability. Twenty-seven specially trained officers, called Drug Recognition Experts (DRE), will administer the roadside test to suspected drug-impaired drivers in five counties: Kent, Berrien, Delta, Washtenaw, and St. Clair. The DREs will work with local and state police departments, and must pull the suspected driver over themselves to give the test, according to the MSP. “This […]

  • Lead-poisoned children on the rise in Kent County

    KENT COUNTY, Mich. — A new report released on Monday morning suggests that — after a decade of decline — the number of lead-poisoned children in Kent County is rising, and a single Grand Rapids zip code has seen a 40 percent increase during the past two years. The Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan reports the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ data from 2016 shows the 49507 zip code had a 40 percent increase of lead-poisoned children. […]

  • Muskegon County Public Defender on Willis’ guilt: ‘I’ll find out in heaven’

    MUSKEGON, Mich. — After Jeffrey Willis was found guilty Thursday in the 2014 premeditated murder of Rebekah Bletsch, FOX 17 talked with Willis’ defense attorney. Willis was found guilty of first-degree murder and felony firearm in the June 29, 2014 killing.  Bletsch, 36, was shot and killed while jogging near her home in Muskegon County. “I don’t know the person that was convicted of this crime today,” Muskegon County Chief Public Defender Fred Johnson said of Willis on Thursday, shortly […]