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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
  • Mother sentenced for child abuse, lying during trial for son’s murder

    KENT COUNTY, Mich. — Thirteen months after her four-year-old son was murdered, a mother from Gaines Township was sentenced for child abuse and lying during the trial of his murder. Sonja Hernandez, 29, was sentenced for perjury and second-degree child abuse, and will serve 57 months to 10 years in prison. Last June, Hernandez’s son, Giovanni Mejias, 4, died at home from being hit in his stomach, according to police, and also had older injuries at the time. Hernandez’s boyfriend […]

  • Finding Kasey his Forever Home

    KENT COUNY, Mich. — A third grader stole the show with his karaoke skills and big heart, as FOX 17 continues its Forever Home series. Kasey, 9, is fun-loving and compassionate. Wednesday he gave FOX 17 a tour of his foster home and farm, then shared some of his talents from care-taking to singing. “This is Heidi, and more chickens,” said Kasey, introducing one of his goats. Petting a baby goat as he bottle-fed her, Kasey says he helps take care […]

  • Docs: Wyoming couple charged in toddler’s death had another child die in 2015

    WYOMING, Mich. – The parents of a Wyoming toddler are facing up to life in prison for their child’s death, exactly three years after they lost their young daughter. Alexander Birkenmeyer, 30,  and Andrea Todd, 26, were both arraigned Tuesday on charges of second-degree murder, manslaughter and second-degree child abuse in the death of their son, Yurik Birkenmeyer, in March. Bond was set at $750,000 cash surety for both of them. Yurik was 19-months old. Investigators say that police were […]

  • A mother’s wish for a kidney transplant

    KENTWOOD, Mich. — A mother in Kentwood was about to receive the ultimate gift from her brother, a kidney donation, until they realized they were fighting a similar battle, and the timing saved his life. “I’m trying to live by the ‘I can’t stress over things I can’t control,’ and God has a plan,” said Tiana Madison, a mother of two in Kentwood. Madison, 36, a wife and mother of a young son and daughter, has lived with Lupus since […]

  • Corpse flower’s first bloom after 18 years at Frederik Meijer Gardens

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The corpse flower known for its beauty as much as its smell, is in its first full bloom Thursday at Frederik Meijer Gardens. The Gardens’ horticultural staff grew this flower from a pea-sized seedling from Malaysia in 2000 to its current 53 pounds. Typically the flower grows a leaf taller than five-feet, but two weeks ago staff realized it was growing a flower, blooming for its first time Wednesday night. It’s expected to close by Friday morning. […]

  • Michigan Congressmen denied visit to immigrant children separated from families

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Two Congressmen from Michigan are calling for more government transparency after the Office of Refugee Resettlement turned them away form their planned visit to a Bethany Christian Services foster care site with immigrant children separated from their families at the southern U.S. border. Despite first getting clearance from the ORR’s director, earlier Friday Congressmen Bill Huizenga and Tim Walberg say the ORR denied them access to a foster care site, where they planned to evaluate how […]

  • Finding Bruce his Forever Home

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — FOX 17 continues its Forever Home series, which has helped nearly every child in foster care featured to be adopted. Bruce is an animal lover who showed off his kindness and big heart meeting the dozen cats who are fostered at the Happy Cat Cafe in Grand Rapids. “This is like kitty heaven!” Bruce said, sitting cozily between kittens playing. Bruce, 14, the animal lover, says he’s wanted to become a veterinarian for as long as […]

  • Father and son from Kalamazoo arraigned in federal court, including harboring illegal alien charges

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A father and son from Kalamazoo were arraigned on federal charges of harboring, concealing or shielding an illegal alien, conspiracy, misuse of social security numbers and aggravated identity theft Tuesday in U.S. District Court in the Western District of Michigan. Eddie Balderramas, 51, and his son, Michael Balderramas, 28, face seven federal charges with maximum penalties up to 15 years in prison per charge, if they are convicted. Both have no prior criminal history and are out […]

  • Zero tolerance policy and executive order will not keep families together long-term

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The executive order regarding the administration’s zero tolerance policy will not keep immigrant families together for longer than 20 days, if at all, if they are detained. The current immigration policy presents more questions than answers to the fate of children separated from their parents, including dozens now in Michigan foster care. The 1997 federal Flores settlement requires the government to release minors from detention within 20 days to the “least restrictive setting available,” like their […]