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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]