Dana is a journalist and Washington, DC native. For the last five years, she has worked as a journalist for the Invisible Institute in Chicago where she has investigated and reported on police accountability and criminal justice issues. She received the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in National Reporting as part of a team of journalists for the series “Mauled: When Police Dogs Are Weapons,” a year-long investigation of K-9 units and the damage police dogs inflict on Americans. Her work has also appeared in USA Today, The Marshall Project, The Daily Beast, Chicago Reader and The Indianapolis Star.
After returning to her hometown, Dana became a District Fellow with HumanitiesDC in 2022. In this role, she supported the work of the DC Oral History Collaborative to document and preserve the stories of DC residents. Passionate about community storytelling, Dana is eager to explore the possibility of a journalism resource for District residents that provides them with the skills and training necessary to tell their own stories.
Dana graduated from the Edmund Burke School in Washington D.C. in 2012. She studied history at the Claremont Colleges in California where she developed a lasting interest in oral history. She earned a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in 2019.