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
  • 90-year-old volunteer delivers meal to elderly, homebound in Hudsonville

    OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich., — Marie DeVries is used to getting some interesting reactions when she hits the road to deliver meals to residents in need. At 90, the retired nurse is still driving and volunteering her time with the Sunset Retirement Communities and Services’ Meals at Home program. “Everyone always says in the publicity that you read, ‘old people got to keep moving.’ So, I have to keep moving,” DeVries said. “It’s fun”. DeVries first started working as a delivery […]

  • ‘We’re not all drug addicts’ — The plight of chronic pain patients during the opioid epidemic

    CEDAR SPRINGS, Mich. — Every day, Matt VanEtten lives with excruciating pain. “We’ve all had ice cream headaches. Picture that 24 hours a day,” he told FOX 17 News. “It feels like your head’s literally going to explode from the inside out.” Debilitating headaches have crippled his livelihood; the result of a bad car crash nearly 10 years ago. At the time, VanEtten was working in the HVAC business, driving through downtown Grand Rapids. “I went through the S-curve…and I […]

  • ‘These are my children’: Foster care worker forms special bond with teens at Holland home

    OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.,– After beginning her career in law enforcement, Danette Nordhof has truly found her niche working with teens in the foster care system. As a case worker with the non-profit agency Samaritas, Nordhof has created a very special bond with several of the girls on her case load. “My family knows that I have other children. These are my children,” Nordhof told FOX 17 News. “Family is what you make it, so these girls know that I am […]

  • Cancer fighter who founded non-profit ‘DC Strong’ passes away at 23

    KALAMAZOO COUNTY, Mich., — Dustan Colyer, one of the founding members of a group dedicated to helping young cancer patients, has died from the disease. Colyer, 23, was a five-time cancer fighter, who was first diagnosed at the age of six. FOX 17 has learned that Colyer passed away Wednesday night. Over the years, Colyer has been featured numerous times for his work to help others, and was named a “Pay it Forward Person of the Week” in 2014. Colyer, […]

  • Hurricane help: MI couple sends supplies down south after Harvey, Irma

    QUINCY, Mich. — A couple known for stepping in to help after natural disasters is at it again. This month, the Tubergans have organized and send aid to parts of Texas and Florida ravaged by hurricanes. Now they’re collecting donations for Puerto Rico, following Hurricane Maria. “Just want to help people that are in need, ’cause I hope sometimes when I’m in need, people help me,” Jim Tubergan told FOX 17 News. “It’s paying it forward. That’s what we’re here […]

  • Michigan girl asks for gifts for hurricane relief for her birthday

    MASON COUNTY, MICH., – A soon-to-be 8-year-old has big plans to celebrate her birthday this year. Instead of asking for gifts, third-grader Adison Thorne is asking for donations to help those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. “When I thought of the idea, it just blew my mind,” she told FOX 17 News. “I just thought about how hurt, and how they could get hurt in so many ways…I just thought about what could happen, and I just went to […]

  • ‘Be Love, Give Love, Receive Love’: Woman opens community pantry in Grandville home

    GRANDVILLE, Mich. — On a sunny morning in early August, Kathy DeGraw is busy arranging items in her driveway on tables and racks. Everything is carefully sorted and organized and will soon be picked over by dozens of eager families in need. “Kind of a free garage sale, free party. We do this every week in the basement of my home,” explained Kathy DeGraw. “This is what we do, we like to give. It’s fun. It’s kind of like an […]

  • Little kids, big hearts: Brothers raising money for homeless this summer

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., — Two young brothers are making the most of their summer break to make a difference in West Michigan. Jacob Graves, 7, and his older brother Caleb, 10, have been raising money to help the homeless at Degage Ministries. The boys got the idea, after spotting some homeless people on vacation in Florida this spring. “I don’t remember where we were going, but Jacob and I were in the backseat, and we saw some people holding signs,” explained […]

  • Healing with Horses: Special ranch offers equine-assisted therapy

    GRAND HAVEN, Mich., — There’s a Winston Churchill quote which says, “There’s something about the outside of a horse, that’s good for the inside of a man.” That saying is the foundation of Out Side In Stables, a non-profit offering equine-assisted therapy. “We treat a wide range, from post-traumatic stress, anxiety, depression, anything that one would go to a traditional therapist for,” explained Jennifer McVoy, the founder and executive director of Out Side In Stables. “The horses are just a […]