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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
  • Tanger Outlets

    Tanger Outlets just over a week from opening

    BYRON CENTER, Mich. – Seventy-five name brands will be coming to the Grand Rapids area in just another week as the Tanger Outlets are getting close to opening. The center opens on Friday, July 31 and there is still construction going on. “You can’t see that from the road, so it may look like we’re a little behind, but we’re right there and ready for Friday,” said Randy Zimmerman, Tanger Outlets general manager. Along with the last-minute construction is the […]

  • Three dead, two hurt in Muskegon crash, neighbor runs barefoot to help

    EGELSTON TWP., Mich. — Three people are dead and two people were injured in a crash in Muskegon County Wednesday morning, according to Michigan State Police. Michigan State Police identified the victims as husband and wife, Allen and Jolene Ames of Casnovia, and Beatrice Amen of Ravenna; each in their eighties.  Two people in the other vehicle were taken to the hospital with unknown injuries. The crash happened before 10:00am at the intersection of South Maple Island Road and Evanston Avenue. […]

  • Finding Damon his Forever Home

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Damon, 12, has big dreams of becoming a business person one day, but first, he hopes for a family. As FOX 17 News continues our Forever Home series, we introduce you to Damon, a seventh-grader living within Michigan’s foster care system. Turning 12-years-old this summer, Damon said he’s excited to begin seventh grade this fall. He is just as sweet as he is adventurous, but the last six years have been difficult: Damon has lived between […]

  • Recycling fees rising slightly in 2016; See how much residents can expect to pay

    KENT COUNTY, Mich. – At the Kent County Recycling Center employees sorted 32,000 tons of plastic, glass, and paper last year. However, 4,000 tons of that was trash, and it’s this stuff that does not belong there that is showing up in bigger quantities. Lately workers have found everything from clothing to garbage and dog waste, and that means customers will see an increase in recycling fees. However, some good news: Kent County Department of Public Works Director Dar Baas […]

  • Nation’s oldest living veteran visits D.C. to meet President Obama

    WASHINGTON D.C. — Emma Didlake, the nation’s oldest living veteran, traveled from Michigan to Washington D.C. on Friday to meet President Barack Obama. Didlake, 110, is a World War II veteran who lives in Michigan. According to FOX 2 in Detroit, a recent fall isn’t stopping Didlake from going to meet the president. “As you can imagine she is very weak,” her granddaughter Marilyn Horne told FOX 2.   “But she is looking forward to just meeting him.  She never […]

  • Grand Rapids man charged after stalking complaints

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A Grand Rapids man has been arrested for stalking after several people reported him taking pictures of women walking around town. Thomas Larry Chubinski, 69, was charged Thursday with a misdemeanor stalking charge, after allegedly harassing a woman walking her daughter at the intersection of Michigan and Diamond, and making repeated crude comments about her body.   He faces up to one year behind bars and fines up to $1,000 if convicted. His bond was set […]

  • Backpack giveaway

    Fourth annual backpack giveaway looking for more sponsors, backpacks

    WYOMING, Mich. – The fourth annual backpack giveaway in Wyoming is set for Aug. 8. However, sponsors like El Informador said they are still looking for organizations to sponsor the event and provide backpacks and school supplies for kids. The event takes place at the mega mall on 34th Street and Division Avenue in Wyoming. It begins at noon, with food and family friendly activities. Organizers said during last year’s event more than 3,000 families came out for family-fun and to collect about 1,000 backpacks. This event […]

  • GRPD camera running 24/7 at Rosa Parks Circle, catches fight on camera

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A police camera is rolling 24/7 at Rosa Parks Circle in Grand Rapids. Installed less than two weeks ago, it’s already doing what it’s intended to do: catch crime on camera. Grand Rapids Police want the public to know that cameras are rolling, and though there may not always be multiple boots on the ground, officers say they have another set of eyes in the city. Rockford High School student River Hazekamp said he was hanging […]

  • Finding a Forever Home for Gavyn

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Each week FOX 17 News features a child who is living in the Michigan foster care system. As we continue our Forever Home series, we want to remind families that adoption through the state of Michigan is free. This week we would like to introduce you Gavyn. Like many children we feature, Gavyn lives in a group placement as he goes to school and hopes to be adopted. Gavyn may be one of the sweetest 12-year-olds […]