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
  • “Her heart is ‘huge’ for the animals”: Girl’s birthday party to benefit animal shelter

    FREMONT, Mich. – Makaila Smith loves animals. She has three dogs at home and dreams of one day having many more pets, including a snapping turtle and a horse. This year, the six-year-old has decided to throw a “dog and cat party” for her 7th birthday, to collect donations for local animal shelter, Bellwether Harbor. “I asked her what she wanted for her birthday, and she’s like ‘Mom I don’t need anything,'” explained her mother Heather Smith. “She’s like ‘Mom, […]

  • 18-year-old Red Cross volunteer on fire to make a difference

    \KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Benjamin Smith is fresh out of high school, but he already has quite a bit of real-life experience, helping out in major disaster zones. The Paw Paw graduate decided to join the American Red Cross in September, after Hurricane Harvey struck Texas. “I kind of got this feeling in my stomach that I really wanted to do something to help people,” Smith told FOX 17 News. “When I got there, the floodwaters had mainly receded. My job […]

  • Recovering brain injury patient now dedicated Mary Free Bed volunteer

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.,– Months after walking the same halls as a patient, Brandon Otto is now back at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, inspiring other as a dedicated volunteer. Otto credits the facility with “rehabbing” his life in more ways than one. “Something like this has really woken me up… I am a totally different person, and thank God for that,” he told FOX 17 News. Otto has little memory of exactly how his journey began. He said he simply […]

  • 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 […]