Dana’s career as a broadcast journalist spans 25 years and includes network stints with ABC’s “Good Morning America Sunday” and the “CBS Morning News.” For more than 15 years Dana informed and enlightened Bay Area viewers in her role as news anchor at San Francisco’s CBS-5 (KPIX).
Dana travelled extensively for KPIX, sending home to the Bay Area reports of struggle, survival, and perseverance from around the world. Her work took her to Honduras to report on the consequences of Hurricane Mitch; to Rwanda to mark the 10-year commemoration of the genocide; to Ghana to report on the inhumane treatment of women accused of witchcraft; to Afghanistan to cover post-war/pre-presidential election stories; as well as to Iraq, Albania, Turkey, and Kosovo.
Dana’s reporting from Honduras earned an Emmy. Her work in Rwanda received two honors from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTNDA), including the Edward R. Murrow Award in 2005. She won another Edward R. Murrow Award in 2008 for her stories from Ghana. In all, Dana’s reporting has earned her five Emmy awards, two Edward R. Murrow awards, two Gracie awards, and four RTDNA awards.
Her reporting was always a reflection of compassion as well as investigation, a model of integrity as well as ratings success. Her decision to change careers is a study in courage and integrity. She is a wonderful leader and insightful role model who will deliver an important message to our graduates. – President Mary B. Marcy
During her tenure, KPIX’s late-night newscasts rose to the top of the ratings. In the November 2012 sweep, “CBS 5 Eyewitness News” was the Bay Area’s most-watched 11 p.m. newscast.
Dana left her anchor post in December 2012 to follow her passion and pursue a career as an artist. Her art, which includes works of classical sculpture, charcoal drawing, and oil painting, has been featured at galleries throughout the Bay Area. Last year, Dana received the Jan Hart Schuyers Artistic Achievement Award in recognition of her accomplishments as a sculptor.
Dana’s extensive community service includes work with MarinKids, The Center for Domestic Peace, Sunny Hills Services, Archangel Ancient Tree Archive, the World Affairs Council, the Women’s Initiative, the American Red Cross, Museum of the African Diaspora, National Philanthropy Day, and the Commonwealth Club. Dana also is a member of the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Advisory Board.