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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — After years of living on the edge and battling addiction, Tyler Trowbridge is ending 2018 on a high note. He has an apartment, a job, and even a new smile replacing teeth damaged by drug use. And he has an old friend named Stacy Peck to thank for it all. “People tried to help me before, but it was never, it never took,” explained Trowbridge. “[Stacy] didn’t want anything from me. She didn’t want a relationship, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]