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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
  • Man uses love of motorcycles, reading to create “Bikers for Books”

      EATON COUNTY, Mich., — For Badge Velasquez, there’s no better feeling than hopping on his motorcycle and hitting the open road. “The ground is right below you…there’s an element of independence, there’s an element of freedom… It’s a risk, but it’s also a bit of a rush,” he explained. The only thing Velasquez loves more than riding, is reading. As the son of migrant farm workers, he told FOX 17 News that his parents learned how to speak English […]

  • Home Free: Non-profit donates furniture to families in need

    OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich., — Inside several storage facilities in Hudsonville, Brett Morton has stuffed beds, dressers, nightstands and more. He has hundreds of items that he plans to give away, free of charge. “A lot of different organizations assist with housing, that seems to be their primary focus. So, then the individuals moving into there need the furniture, need the things to keep the children from sleeping on the floor, to make a house a home,” explained Morton. “We load […]

  • ‘Classroom grandparents’ helping kids, teachers at Muskegon elementary school

    MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich., — In the middle of brightly colored classrooms and small children, there are two dedicated senior volunteers, giving back in their golden years. 90-year-old Jim Dietz retired after nearly 40 years working at a piston ring factory. His wife, 89-year-old Lillian Dietz, is a former bookkeeper. Together, the couple has spent nearly twenty years “working” at Orchard View Elementary, three days a week, from 9am-4pm. “It’s fun, it really is. I love the little children, and we […]

  • Are the kids ready to stay home alone? What parents need to know

    KENT COUNTY, Mich. — At some point, all parents will have to decide if they are prepared to leave their children home alone. But, at what age? And, how will you know when they’re ready? No Law In Michigan Two states (Illinois and Maryland) have laws regarding a minimum age that a child can be left alone. In Michigan, there’s no law to dictate a certain age, but the “recommendation” from Child Protective Services is ten years old. “To develop […]

  • Hockey with Heart: ‘Coach Koz’ inspires players with disabilities to hit the ice

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.,– Hockey has always been a big part of Steve Kozlowski’s life. Now, he’s using his love of the sport, to help dozens of kids and teens fall in love with the sport as well. As coach of the Grand Rapids Junior Sled Wings, an adaptive hockey team, Kozlowski is empowering players with disabilities to enter the rink. Instead of two skates, the players are fitted with a special sled to sit in and that’s the only difference […]

  • ‘LisaStrong’: Former Person of the Month battling aggressive cancer

    BRANCH COUNTY, Mich.– She’s known for sending help to the front lines after a natural disaster; now Lisa Tubergan is the one in need of some help, responding to a crisis of her own. FOX 17 first featured Tubergan and her husband last September, as Pay it Forward Persons of the Month. Together they organized donation drives, collecting supplies and delivering them to Texas and Florida after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma hit. The couple has a history of helping out […]

  • Dedicated ‘Habitat’ volunteer has helped for decades

    HOLLAND, Mich.,– Like a lot of people, Carl Immink looks forward to the end of the week, but “TGIF” has a different meaning for the 90-year-old. Since the 90’s, he’s been volunteering at the Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity ReStore almost every week. “He kind of does a little bit of everything – jack-of-all-trades. He tests the appliances for us, cleans them up, moves them on and off the sales floor,” explained Travis Steinhoff, the Volunteer Coordinator for Habitat with Humanity. […]

  • “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 […]