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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
  • Miss Sawyer’s Kids with a Cause: 10-year-old’s mission to help troops, veterans

    LUDINGTON, Mich. — On top of gymnastics, dance and school, Sawyer Hendrickson has a jam-packed calendar that includes jet setting to Washington D.C. and helping veterans. The 10-year-old has been on mission to serve our troops and vets since her older brother became a Marine a few year ago and left home. “We thought we would do something while he was gone to remember everyone fighting for our freedom out there,” explained Sawyer. She and her mother began by placing […]

  • 5K a day for 30 Days: Retired vet’s ‘OFG Challenge’ raising money for Wings Home

    ALLEGAN, Mich. — A retired veterinarian is keeping active this summer, by walking a 5K a day for 30 days to raise money for Wings Home. Dr. Jim Connell dubbed the effort, the “OFG 150K in 30 Day Walk Challenge”. “The OFG stands for Old Fat Guy,” Connell joked. “This is important to me because it’s a way that I can give back to the community, and I see it as an incredibly worthy cause.” Connell began on July 17 […]

  • ‘He’s a shining light’: Volunteer raises $250K for Make-A-Wish

    BERRIEN COUNTY, Mich. — This weekend, 76-year-old Harry Miller will be completing his 30th Wish-A-Mile Bicycle Tour. The three-day, 300-mile ride raises funds and awareness for Make-A-Wish Michigan. “It’s just so fulfilling … it keeps me young,” Miller said. “It’s all for the kids.” Miller, with his wife Sharon, have been on quite the ride, since deciding to answer a newspaper ad for MAW riders. “Harry showed me the ad in the paper and said, ‘let’s see go see about […]

  • ‘Community Kids’: Man’s ministry impacting neighbors in SE Grand Rapids

    HASTINGS, Mich. — When Donny Irving bought his first home for just $9,000 on the southeast side of Grand Rapids, he had no idea what he was in for. “It was during the housing market crash, so I ended up searching on the internet cheapest house in Grand Rapids,” Irving explained. “When I first moved in, there was a lot of resistance in neighborhood.” The recent Cornerstone graduate had a basketball hoop in his backyard, not knowing the sport would […]

  • Woman creates ‘chemo care bags’ to support West MI cancer patients

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Jessica Wertsch knows what it’s like to watch a loved one fight cancer. She remembers her grandmother battling breast cancer before passing away when Werstch was 8 years old. Wertsch told FOX 17 that her loss, in part, inspired the idea to create chemo bags to give away to patients at Lacks Cancer Center in Grand Rapids. She was also inspired after seeing someone doing something similar when she signed on to become a Thirty-One gifts […]

  • Crafted for charity: Girl sells earrings to raise money to help kids

    ALLEGAN COUNTY. Mich. — One room of Molly Casemier’s Hamilton home has been turned into a makeshift jewelry workshop, where the 10-year-old cranks out dozens of different, dangly accessories. “If I sit down for awhile, I can make like maybe 20 pairs, if I really sit down and focus,” Casemier told FOX 17. “I always like making them, they’re just really fun to make.” Casemier has been creating custom earrings for more than a year now. It started when she […]

  • 47 years and counting: Special Olympics basketball coach still on court

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., — Bill Dombrowski started volunteering with the Special Olympics in 1972. The next year, at just 19 years old, he decided he wanted to start coaching a basketball team. “At that time, a lot of people said these athletes can’t learn how to play a team sport, because there really weren’t any team sports in the state, hardly at all in basketball,” he told FOX 17 News. “So, that’s about all it took. I thought ‘wow, if […]

  • 100-year-old using crocheting hobby to help area preschool

    NEWAYGO, Mich. — Most days, you can find Erma Palmiter sitting quietly in her Newaygo home, her fingers nimbly crocheting item after item. “Her typical day, which is everyday, she gets up about 9:30 a.m. to have breakfast and do her little morning routine,” explained Erma’s granddaughter Kristine Palmiter. “By 10:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m. she sits in her chair and crochets, and continues to crochet until about 7 o’clock at night.” At 100 years old, Erma Palmiter now relies on […]

  • ‘Champions for HD’: WMU student’s fight against Huntington’s Disease

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Shelby Lentz looks at life differently than your typical college student. At 21, the Western Michigan University senior has tested positive for the gene that causes Huntington’s disease. “It just changed the way that I thought about things. If you want to do something, go do it. Take risks, take leaps because every single day is not granted,” she explained. Lentz made the decision to get tested at 19, after learning her grandfather and father had […]

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