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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.

Recent Articles
  • Jeffrey Willis sentenced to life in prison for murder of Jessica Heeringa

    MUSKEGON, Mich. — Jeffrey Willis has been sentenced to life in prison for abducting and killing convenience store clerk Jessica Heeringa in 2013. Judge William Marrietti delivered the sentence Monday morning. In a 13-minute statement, Willis addressed the court Monday: he maintained his innocence and made claims that police botched the investigation and manipulated the evidence against him.  He maintained that he was trying to help the teen MJN in April 2016, when he was arrested after trying to abduct […]

  • Family can’t afford licensing and fees to get dogs home from shelter

    UPDATE: The dogs’ owner’s family started this GoFundMe which raised at least $600. The family tell FOX 17 they’re working out possible details Monday with Kent County Animal Shelter. KENT COUNTY, Mich. — A family in Wyoming is heartbroken after they say their two dogs escaped for the first time from their backyard. Now housed in the Kent County Animal Shelter where they are up for adoption, they say they can’t afford the fees to bring them home. The dogs’ owner Todd […]

  • Disturbing video shows fight outside Kelloggsville Middle School

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Disturbing video of a fight outside Kelloggsville Middle School is circulating on social media, during a pending criminal investigation. One of the girls involved says she was left cut with stitches and just wanted to try out for the cheer team.  She and her family are concerned about safety on school grounds, and tell FOX 17 that the fight broke out for no other reason than some girls disliking each other and who they’re dating. Kentwood […]

  • Finding Danielle her Forever Home

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Sitting admiring the work of two stylists Wednesday afternoon, 16-year-old Danielle smiled and said, “I feel pretty.” Having her hair and makeup done thanks to Otto and Grand Salon stylists in Grand Rapids, Danielle got to relax and learn professional techniques in the beauty business she’s working to become a part of. “I want to be a beautician, cosmetologist, designer, open my own place like this,” said Danielle, opening her arms wide inside Otto and Grand. […]

  • Proposal: Dissolve Muskegon Fire Department, contract from Muskegon Heights

    MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. — The Muskegon Fire Department may be changing as we know it: Muskegon Heights Fire Chief and City Manager will announce a proposal at their City Council meeting Monday. “The city of Muskegon would stop providing fire service and [Muskegon Heights] would then take over and start providing service to the city of Muskegon and as well as continue within our own jurisdiction,” said Muskegon Heights Fire Chief Chris Dean. Muskegon Heights City Manager Jake Eckholm says […]

  • 20 years ago today the destructive 1998 derecho hit

    WALKER, Mich. — Thursday marks 20 years since the destructive straight-line winds May 31, 1998 derecho hit across West Michigan. Based off the damage, National Weather Service meteorologists say this derecho was moving at 70 mph hitting Grand Haven around 5 a.m. reaching Lansing an hour later, and destroyed homes and trees with 60 to 130 mph winds. “In Michigan, on average we’ll see a derecho about every two years or so; however, most of them are not as strong […]

  • ‘Westside Cancer Crisis:’ Residents demand testing in neighborhood suffering a cancer cluster

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — An hour before she had to go to work Wednesday, Pam Anderson reviewed some of her research: a list of toxic chemicals in a nearby landfill she believes poisoned the majority of her neighborhood growing up. Conversations like these started between Anderson and a longtime neighbor on Grand Rapids’ westside, but they’re growing: Anderson says about 200 former neighbors have died or are sick and researching if the shut-down landfills nearby their childhood homes affected their […]

  • Outrage builds against pending release of video game, ‘Active Shooter’

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The video game called Active Shooter will be available in a week online. For $5 to $10 anyone can play the role of a shooter or SWAT official inside a simulated school. The game’s pending release, as early as June 5, is sparking outrage including from parents who lost their children to senseless shootings including in Parkland, Florida. The game’s trailer shows the perspective from the active shooter using a knife or a gun, hunting students, […]

  • Gold Star family honors their fallen Marine Raider and son, Gunnery Sgt. Daniel Price

    HOLLAND, Mich. — Preparing a meal for 200 people at their Holland home Monday, Ruth and Karl Price remind us of their faith and the true meaning of Memorial Day. The Price’s eldest son Daniel dedicated the last nine years of his life to the Marine Corps, climbing the ranks as Gunnery Sergeant with the Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC), which is now the Marine Raider Regiment. On July 29, 2012, GySgt. Price was killed in Afghanistan, serving […]