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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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    Safety improvements for Fruitport Community Schools’ bus lot after driver run over, hospitalized

    FRUITPORT, Mich. – The Fruitport Community Schools Superintendent said they are making safety and lighting improvements in the school bus lot after a school bus accidentally ran over a bus driver who is still hospitalized. A friend of transportation staff with the district, who FOX 17 is not identifying, said this accident could have been prevented, and staff had requested better lighting near the bus lot and garage in the past. “It was preventable and I think they should have […]

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    Girl dies in Muskegon Co. crash; others injured

    SULLIVAN TWP., Mich. – A 10-year-old girl has died in a two-car crash in Muskegon County Thursday morning, on her way to school in the car with her two siblings. The three students involved have been identified as the Kubasiak family, and the two high school siblings remain hospitalized in critical condition, according to Ravenna Public Schools Superintendent John VanLoon. The family’s church St. Catherine in Ravenna has set up a fund to help with medical and expenses for the […]

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    What’s a caucus? The battle begins to win delegates

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Delegates are the key to claiming both the Republican and Democratic nominations for president, and the battle to win them starts Monday at the Iowa caucuses. All of the Democratic contests award delegates in proportion to the vote, meaning you don’t have to come in first to win some. Most of the GOP states award them proportionally, too, but there is a lot more variation from state to state. For both parties, it takes a majority of […]

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    Autopsy results expected this week after tip leads to human remains

    MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. – Autopsy results of a body found buried on private property in Whitehall are expected this week after police got a tip on the location of the remains last Friday. This tip came 13 months after the disappearance of a Muskegon County mother Bobbie Maples. Maples, 32, disappeared just days after giving birth to her baby girl. Investigators confirmed that the tip they received that led to Whitehall was tied to the Maples case, but the remains […]

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    Finding Cody his Forever Home

    ADA, Mich. – This week, as FOX 17 continues its Forever Home series, we are pleased to introduce you to Cody, 16. Cody is a fun-loving high school student who said he’s always hoping to find a “nice and lovable” adoptive family. He’s full of life and fun to be around, but he can get to work. Tuesday FOX 17 spent the morning with Cody at MVP Sports in Ada, where he was pumped to be building muscle alongside his […]

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    Judge dismissed felony charge against medical marijuana patient Max Lorincz

    OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. – After 16 months of a criminal and family court battle, an Ottawa County Circuit Court Judge dismissed wrongful felony charges against a Spring Lake father and card-carrying medical marijuana patient for having “synthetic THC.” Friday Max Lorincz was in court for multiple hearings regarding his criminal case, after he was charged with a two-year felony for what the Michigan State Police crime lab depicts as “synthetic THC.” Judge Edward Post ruled that the prosecution did not […]

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    Proposed airpark raises neighbors’ concerns including plans’ transparency

    LEIGHTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Dozens of Leighton Township residents expressed their frustration with a proposed airpark in their backyards and the lack of transparency they said they have seen up to this point. In November 2015, investors proposed building Green Lake Landings, an airpark including a 3,000-foot airstrip on land purchased that already has a 42-year-old 1,800-foot airstrip previously owned by the local Martin family. However, Leighton Township Supervisor Steve Deer told FOX 17 Thursday that he is an investor […]

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    $500,000 revitalization effort for Grand Rapids’ West Side: Building, repairing affordable housing

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Community Foundation announced a $500,000 grant to Habitat for Humanity of Kent County. The funds will be used to help 120 families maintain affordable housing in the next two years in the city’s West Side. With high-end development on the rise in Grand Rapids, many current residents worry whether they will continue to be able to make rent. However, this grant money will fund a West Side revitalization effort, in both building and […]

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    Amber Alert: 2 yr. old allegedly abducted by 15 yr. old cousin in Saginaw

    SAGINAW, Mich. — Police in Saginaw are asking for the public’s help in finding a two-year-old girl, who is now the subject of an active Amber Alert, and her 15-year-old cousin. Police say Makayla Williams, 15, kidnapped her younger cousin, Mileah Hill, 2, sometime overnight.  Makayla is described as 4’6″ tall and 85 lbs. with black hair and brown eyes.  Mileah is just 2′ tall and weighs about 30 lbs. The two left some time late Monday or early Tuesday […]