Janice Allen is an Emmy-nominated and award-winning journalist who joined the FOX 17 News team in July 2010. You can catch Janice anchoring FOX 17 News at 10 & 11pm during the week and highlighting positive “pay it forward” stories on a regular basis.

Janice has always been fascinated by meeting new people and broadcasting. She decided to combine the two and graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Broadcast Journalism and Communication Studies with a Media Emphasis. Prior to coming to FOX 17, Janice worked at WANE-TV in Fort Wayne, IN and at WTHI in Terre Haute, IN.

From reporting on major winter storms, to covering the widely publicized 2008 Presidential election, Janice’s work has been recognized by the Indiana Broadcasters Association, Indiana Associated Press and Society of Professional Journalists. She covered President Obama’s initial announcement of candidacy and earned an award for her inauguration coverage after traveling to Washington, D.C. to see him take the oath of office. Janice also had the chance to interview President Obama and calls it one of her most memorable interviews ever!

Janice is from Wheaton, IL a western suburb of Chicago but spent part of her childhood living in Grand Rapids. In her spare time, Janice enjoys spending time with her husband, traveling, reading, working out and trying out some of the new unique eateries in West Michigan.

She loves being back in West Michigan and enjoys being involved in the community.


Recent Articles
  • Bingo! — Teen volunteer brings game, prizes to homeless shelter

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — You don’t expect to find many teenagers hanging around a homeless shelter to have fun, but then again, Cesar Hernandez is not your typical teen. The 14-year-old has been volunteering at Ministry with Community for a few months, and really enjoys the time he spends there. “Once I actually started hanging around people, I actually started loving it here, actually,” Hernandez told FOX 17 News. “This is a place that I can enjoy, have fun with the […]

  • Longtime volunteer is backbone of food pantry serving thousands in Kent County

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A food pantry in southern Kent County is quietly helping to feed more than 400 families a month. While dozens of volunteers and community partners help keep the doors open at the Streams of Hope food center, many credit one woman’s efforts for the pantry’s success. “She does everything here. Everything,” said Barb Nauta, the Food Director at Streams of Hope. “She monitors all the food distribution, all the trucking. We work with Feeding America, Meijer Simply Give. […]

  • ‘They belong here:’ Grace’s Table welcomes and helps teen moms in West Michigan

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Lisa Anderson knows the struggles of being a teen mother. It has led her to create a unique ministry to help other young moms thrive. Grace’s Table offers the kind of support she wished she had as a teen mom. “I really think it’s the unknown that is the scariest,” Anderson explained. “Learning now what’s out there, what can help moms, that’s huge.” Anderson learned she was pregnant at 17. As she raised her son, she […]

  • Meet the man behind the Rusty Warriors Foundation

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., — Sean Bain has found a way to have fun and pay it forward at the same time. He established the Rusty Warriors Foundation in 2012, organizing and hosting social events to raise money for various charities across West Michigan. “At first, my goal was just to get people together, under the concept that we’d be doing good for our local area, our community,” Bain told FOX 17 News. “It kind of morphed into, from one event, […]

  • ‘No Man Left Behind’: Marine Corps veteran opens home to help fellow vets

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Joe Clemens has been back to civilian life for awhile now, but he’s still fighting to help his fellow man. “No man left behind. That’s the way I’ve lived my life,” he told FOX 17 News. “When I got out, nobody helped me, so because of that, I wasn’t going to let that happen to anyone else.” Despite battling a rare and terminal blood disorder as a result of his service, Clemens has made it his […]

  • FOX 17 announces 2016 Pay It Forward Person of the Year at annual gala

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — FOX 17 hosted the annual ‘Pay It Forward’ awards gala Thursday, recognizing some of the incredible people giving back in West Michigan. The gathering at Frederik Meijer Gardens honored all of our Pay It Forward Persons of the Month and revealed our Person of the Year. Lisa Cober was chosen as the 2016 Pay It Forward Person of the Year.  The West Michigan mother, who was once homeless herself, now dedicates her time, money and resources […]

  • Local woman honored in Michelle Obama’s final speech as FLOTUS

    WASHINGTON D.C. — Local counselor Terri Tchorzynski earned some national recognition Friday. She was invited to the White House to be honored as the 2017 High School Counselor of the Year. Tchorzynski works at the Calhoun Area Career Center in Battle Creek. In a room full of her peers, she talked about why she loves her job and the impact she has on helping students figure out their next steps after graduation. First Lady Michelle Obama praised Tchorzynski for her […]

  • Kids’ Food Basket: Woman’s fight to end childhood hunger still going strong

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., — Mary K. Hoodhood is the first person to tell you that anyone can make a difference. “You’re only as limited as the limits you put on yourself,” she told FOX 17 News. “Whether I was injured or not, I’d be doing the same thing I am today.” Hoodhood is a quadriplegic as a result of a crash in 1980. She is also the founder of the wildly successful organization, Kids’ Food Basket. “I can’t sleep at […]

  • From homeless to helping homeless students: Mother making ‘impact’ in Grand Haven

    GRAND HAVEN, Mich., — When Lisa Cober found herself homeless a few years go, she also found the inspiration to help hundreds of homeless students in Ottawa County. “We left literally with backpacks, and bags full of clothes and that was it,” she said. “It was kind of one of those situations where it’s eye-opening.” Now back on her feet, she’s been working quietly behind the scenes, using her own money to buy and collect basic hygiene items and backpacks […]