Dana came to 5 On Your Side in February 2022 after working at WBRZ-TV in Louisiana’s capital city, Baton Rouge as a news reporter and anchor. She started her career at the station as an intern before being promoted to traffic reporter and web producer. She made the move to St. Louis after posting her demo reel online. It was found by the “Show Me St. Louis” team and they reached out.
“The team, station, and city have already been such a dream, and I’m beyond happy that I took a leap of faith and packed my bags,” said Dana.
Born in New Orleans, Dana grew up in Madisonville, Louisiana. She’s had a passion for storytelling and film since she was a little girl. From keeping up with pop culture to news all over the globe, she’s always been fascinated by delivering information in a way that’s creative and engaging.
Dana got her start in news by delivering morning announcements in elementary school. She loved it so much she decided she wanted to continue “spreading the word.” When she was in third grade, her teacher thought she’d become an author because she started a library of handwritten books for her classroom.
“I was just trying to share my stories any way I could,” said Dana. “That certainly hasn’t stopped.”
Dana attended Southeastern Louisiana University and earned a degree in communication. While in school, she worked as a news anchor and reporter at the Southeastern Channel. She credits her college station news directors, Rick and Cheryl Settoon, for teaching her everything she knows.
All of Dana’s hard work over the years paid off. In 2020, she won honors by the Associated Press for “Best Newscast” and “Best of Show in Television.”
Initially, Dana was drawn to broadcast journalism’s fast pace and excitement. But after covering both hard news and lighthearted stories, she found herself drawn to the stories that make a positive impact.
“I have such an appreciation for the lifestyle and entertainment reporter role that I’m currently in because our stories are positive and make people feel good,” said Dana. “If my work can make someone smile or improve their day, that’s a major win for me.
Dana says she loves that Show Me St. Louis allows her to meet people, experience things she wouldn’t have gotten a chance to otherwise, and collaborate with an open-minded, creative team.
“I feel like I’m in a dream when I come to work, and I’m forever grateful for the opportunity to be part of this community,” said Dana.