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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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    Officers testify in preliminary hearing for Newaygo Co. murder case

    NEWAYGO, Mich. — Testimony began Friday in a preliminary hearing for the Marty Duram murder case.   His wife Glenna is accused of killing him in May 2015. The case has had questions from the beginning.  The couple’s neighbor found them lying in their bedroom at home near Sand Lake. Marty Duram was shot five times, once in the head.  Glenna was also found in the home critically wounded. After hearing from the neighbor who found the couple, there was testimony […]

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    Holland business writes threatening racist rant to resident

    HOLLAND, Mich. —  A Holland business’ Instagram account wrote racist messages to a resident this week threatening his life. The messages were reposted onto Facebook and went viral, creating ongoing backlash to the company and an outcry on social media. Dominic Lebron told FOX 17 he woke up Wednesday morning stunned, reading direct messages sent to him from Watercooled Industries’ Instagram account, @WatercooledInd. Too graphic to write verbatim, the string of messages wrote in part, “Heard you’d talk to her if […]

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    Finding Kenyon and Matthew their Forever Home

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — As FOX 17 continues its mission to help Michigan children living in foster care get adopted, we introduce you to a pair of brothers hoping to stay together. Kenyon, 11, and Matthew, 9, are brothers, two peas in a pod, who are truly the best of friends. For the past three years they have been living with a foster family and are still hopeful they will find their forever family. In the fifth and third grades, […]

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    Bikers, community mourn loss of one of their own

    GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. — The biker and community at large is mourning the loss of one of their own, Korey Taphouse, 30, who was killed Sunday walking when he was hit by a car. Taphouse was a young father of two little girls, and well-known and loved especially by the biker community. He was the service manager with Grand Rapids Harley Davidson for nearly the last nine years. Former general manager of GRHD and friend of Taphouse Jason Bremer told […]

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    More than 90 adoptions finalized statewide on National Adoption Day

    LANSING, Mich. — National Adoption Day is celebrated Nov. 22, and in Michigan adoptions were finalized for more than 90 children. Justices from several counties took the bench Tuesday at the Michigan Supreme Court to finalize seven adoptions including two families from Kent County. Just as the first two adoptions were made official, Kent County Family Division Judge Kathleen Feeney called the family behind the bench, taking 10-month-old Connor Gordon onto her lap. “You got it?” Judge Feeney said to […]

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    Judge to determine if public, media allowed access to Jeffrey Willis’ hearing

    MUSKEGON, Mich. — The case against Jeffrey Willis, charged with the kidnapping and murder of Muskegon area mother Jessica Heeringa, is paused until a judge determines whether the public and media will be allowed access to Willis’ preliminary hearing. Muskegon County District Judge Raymond Kostrzewa  heard Willis’ defense team’s motion Monday to close his Dec. 6 preliminary hearing, in which the prosecution will introduce key evidence to determine probable cause to go to trial. Judge Kostrzewa said he will issue […]

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    Man, 87, is first in West Michigan to receive world’s smallest pacemaker

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A man from Kent County is the first patient in West Michigan, and the fifth statewide, to receive the world’s smallest pacemaker. On an unusually warm and sunny Friday in November, retired dentist Dr. Herbert Carpenter smiled walking up to the Kent Country Club golf greens. After undergoing the pacemaker procedure Sept. 28 he was quickly back to golfing, now exercising at least three times per week. “I was excited about it,” said Dr. Carpenter. “My […]

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    Community takes action after man charged with sex crimes, exploiting children

    SPARTA, Mich. — A man from Sparta faces life in prison after police say he admitted to raping and exploiting children. The case against Tyler Lowis, 22, broke following a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited children when authorities found child pornography on Lowis’ Dropbox account. Monday Lowis was arrested after state police issued a search warrant, when he confessed to having sex with two boys, filmed it, and lead troopers to additional child pornography in his […]

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    Finding Taelynn her Forever Home

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Taelynn is a high school sophomore  who is smart, creative, caring and showed off how fast of a learning she is as she played the cello Tuesday. After years of moving between foster homes and now a group placement, Taelynn says she still hopes to be adopted. “Know what my favorite thing to do on the cello is?” said Taelynn as she ran her finger up her cello’s string, making a “cow noise.” Taelynn lovingly showed […]