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
  • ‘I won’t allow this to stop me’: Young mom fighting cancer for 4th time

    HARTFORD, Mich.,- Weeks after FOX 17 featured Amanda Goss for her efforts to give back to pediatric cancer patients, the young mom has received some devastating news. Goss, 28, currently has stage 4 breast cancer and learned late last week that doctors have discovered another tumor. In a Facebook post, Goss explained: “I’ve been feeling dizzy and I’ve been getting headaches but I thought I had a sinus infection, well my doctor ordered another Brain MRI and it showed a […]

  • ‘Pay it Forward West Michigan’: Woman’s FB page connects those in need

    HUDSONVILLE, Mich. — Like billions of others across the world, Mary Jo McKellar is on Facebook. She joined a few years ago to connect and keep up with friends, but has since found a greater purpose for the social media site. In 2015, she created a page called “Pay it Forward: West Michigan” as a way to help those who may be struggling in the area. “I just thought about the idea of having a site where people would just […]

  • ‘Classroom Grandpa’ passes away at age 90

    MUSKEGON, Mich., — Jim Dietz loved volunteering at Orchard View Elementary School so much, he was busy helping students up until a week before his death. Dietz passed away November 11th, due to complications from cancer. Dietz and his wife Lillian were named Pay it Forward Persons of the Month in May. The pair had been volunteering three days a week at the school, for nearly 20 years. Students and staff fondly referred to them as their “classroom grandparents”. At […]

  • Women in West Michigan raising awareness of moms committing suicide

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Before you complete a typical work shift, or get a full night of sleep, another person in Michigan will likely take their own life. On average, a person dies in our state from suicide every seven hours. This month, FOX 17 is exploring the sensitive subject, and the impact, when a mother is the one who commits suicide, leaving behind her children and family. ‘It’s almost triggering’ Megan Vos is a mother of six and a […]

  • Mom with stage 4 breast cancer helping pediatric cancer patients

    HARTFORD, Mich. — Amanda Goss has channeled a devastating breast cancer diagnosis four years ago into an opportunity to do good for some of the youngest cancer fighters in West Michigan. She has launched a non-profit called Youtoo, which delivers special goody bags to local children’s hospitals. “I personally know how hard it can be,” Goss explained.” When I received gifts from people I didn’t even know, that was incredible. People I didn’t even know were fighting for me and […]

  • Muskegon woman’s special tribute to babies gone too soon this October

    MUSKEGON, Mich., — Jen Cantrell has experienced the happy times, and some of the most heartbreaking that come with carrying another life. Over the years, she’s suffered 15 losses. “When you ask how many kids I have, you might see four, but there’s a lot more,” Cantrell told FOX 17 News. “With my living kids, I leaned on them. And I learned to love them more.” Cantrell’s losses have compelled her to become a bereavement doula and chaplain, helping other […]

  • Man organizes ‘sack lunch giveaway’ to feed the homeless in Grand Rapids

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — What started as a good deed inside a fast food restaurant last month, ended with a “calling” for Darrin Mayweather to feed hundreds of homeless people in downtown Grand Rapids. “There was a lady who was obviously a little less fortunate and she had $1.75 and we were in Burger King,” Mayweather explained. “You could tell that she hadn’t eaten in awhile. No one stepped in to buy her food, so I cut the line. I […]

  • ‘New Destiny Pathways’: Woman helps girls in transition with home and hope

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., — Nikeidra DeBarge was destined to make a difference in the lives of young people in West Michigan. For the past 15 years, she’s worked with vulnerable children in multiple capacities, serving as a foster care case worker in a residential facility and with Wedgewood Christian Services’ Manasseh Project, aiding young victims of human trafficking. The mother of four said her experience compelled her to co-found New Destiny Pathways, a non-profit that operates a home in Grand […]

  • 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 […]