Joe Dana is anchor of 12 News First at 4 and a watchdog reporter for 12 News. During his 12 year career, Joe has won reporting awards in print and broadcasting, including two first-place awards from the Division Nine Society of Professional Journalists. He was the field reporter for a 2013 Emmy Award-winning 12 News Today newscast and a 2015 Emmy Award-winning special report on military healthcare.
Joe grew up in Glendale and is a fourth-generation Arizonan. As a teenager, Joe was already finding ways to cover news in the valley as a newspaper editor at Apollo High School in Glendale, and a youth reporter for The Arizona Republic. After high school, Joe attended the Institute of Political Journalism at Georgetown University. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in print and broadcast journalism at Brigham Young University, and worked for the Conservative News Service in Washington D.C. before joining the 12 News team.
Joe has covered issues ranging from education funding to capital murder trials. He's investigated polygamy in northern Arizona and immigration in southern Arizona. As a journalist, Joe believes his first priority is to hold politicians and power-brokers accountable for their actions.
Joe, his wife and two sons live in the northwest Valley. In his spare time, Joe is a volunteer mentor and an ambassador for the mentoring program, New Pathways for Youth. He is also an advocate for PTSD treatment of first responders in Phoenix.