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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
  • lee high school

    Police have no suspect after Lee High School student shot after practice

    WYOMING, Mich. – Police have stepped up security Thursday outside of Lee High School, after a tenth grader and varsity basketball player was shot in the leg Wednesday evening. Godfrey-Lee Schools Superintendent David Britten told FOX17 Lee High School has one full-time security officer, doors are always locked, and adults are in the halls daily. In thirteen years with the district, Britten said he never experienced an act of violence like this here. “It was basically disbelief that that could happen,” […]

  • cards for donnie

    “Cards for Donnie”: How one Christmas card turned into nearly 2,000

    CEDAR SPRINGS, Mich. – When a highly anticipated Christmas card from his Uncle Denny never came, Donnie Whipple soon received nearly 2,000 cards to make up for it. Sitting and smiling behind a table piled with opened cards, Donnie said, “Thank you.” He and his family were nearly running out of space to hang his Christmas cards and new ornaments. One card said it all: ‘Bbest Christmas ever.” After he did not receive a card from his uncle, and Donnie’s […]

  • snaketivity

    ‘Snaketivity’ — Satanic temple installing display on Michigan Capitol lawn

    LANSING, Mich. – A “Snaketivity” scene will be on display on the north front lawn at the State Capitol from Dec. 21 to 23. Capitol grounds policy allows any group to apply for a temporary display that must be put up after 6 a.m. and dismantled daily by 11 p.m. According to policy, “Snaketivity” follows the rules. Capitol Facilities Director Dan Brocklehurst told FOX 17 that the Satanic Temple of Detroit applied early December and was approved to put their display […]

  • Whitaker and Kelsey Ingham County

    Man charged in death of Ingham Co. Deputy Grant Whitaker

    INGHAM COUNTY, Mich. – Michigan State Police say John Kelsey II, 34, of Stockbridge, is charged with two felonies tied to the death of Ingham County Sheriff Deputy Grant Whitaker from Stockbridge. Kelsey was charged with first degree fleeing and eluding causing death and with driving with a suspended or revoked license causing death. According to Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III, each charge carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. Investigators said they did not expect to […]

  • Allison Wilbur

    Birthday wish: Hastings girl asks others to donate to childhood cancer

    HASTINGS, Mich. – Allison Wilbur turns 12 years-old this January. This will be her third birthday she has asked her parents not to give her presents and asks others to give back. When Allison started to research childhood cancers, that’s when she asked for her birthday present, she said. “I’m collecting for childhood cancer research, and I’m going to donate it to DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids,” said Allison. “Instead of getting birthday gifts, because you get them every […]

  • 12-11-14 Zeigler minivan gift

    “It doesn’t get better than this”: Harold Zeigler Auto Group donates wheelchair-accessible van to GVSU student

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Grand Valley State University sophomore Chandler McBride continues to defy the odds. After president of Harold Zeigler Automotive Group Aaron Zeigler saw McBride’s story, he called FOX 17 and wanted to help. On Thursday, Zeigler and a mobility team gave McBride the keys to his brand new custom-converted wheelchair-accessible minivan. McBride, from Three Rivers, was paralyzed after a freak accident in high school. His family’s wheelchair-accessible van was on its last legs, and he needed a way […]

  • stara

    Cat allegedly abused, left in crate outdoors bloody

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. – An animal cruelty case is expected to begin trial Jan. 13, 2015 at Kalamazoo District Court after a cat was allegedly beaten and found unresponsive outdoors. Stara is a 16-pound cat who was rescued, de-clawed, and bottle-fed at the Kalamazoo Animal Rescue since she was one-week-old. A family first adopted the cat, naming her Daisy. Then this fall, the family was moving and gave Daisy to the family of an acquaintance, Allyson Mathews. Kalamazoo Animal Rescue volunteer […]

  • Burri blue spruce

    Wyoming family looking for organization to decorate outdoor tree to honor fallen heroes

    WYOMING, Mich. – An American flag waved in the breeze near the tall blue spruce in the front yard of the Burri family. The tree was planted as a little sapling by their fallen hero long before his days in combat. John Burri said he watched this tree grow alongside his sons. Today, it symbolizes the lost life of one of those sons. “Ever since he passed, our son Andrew always said, ‘This is Eric’s tree dad, I know it […]

  • Trent Holtslander

    Family identifies 10-year-old boy killed by car

    THREE RIVERS, Mich. – Loved ones are grieving the loss of a 10-year-old boy they identify as Trent Holtslander after he was struck and killed by a van Sunday morning. Trent’s uncle Nathan Walden said that just after 12:30 a.m. Sunday, Trent was walking with his father and 15-year-old brother in the crosswalk on U.S. 131 near W. Michigan Avenue. Walden told FOX 17 that money flew out of their hands, and when Trent ran to grab it, he was struck […]