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10 Within 10 Recognition

Dana Whyte '18

This is a headshot of Dana Whyte wearing earrings and a green top.

College: College of the Arts and Media

As the communications manager and spokesperson for Michigan State University’s Department of Police and Public Safety, Dana manages the department's website and social media pages, serves as the spokesperson for media interviews, and is in charge of internal communications, including developing and distributing a monthly employee newsletter.

She is the first civilian public information officer for the department and the first full-time communications manager and spokesperson. Within her first year at MSU DPPS, she launched the department's first rebranding initiative, redeveloped the website, and has worked to implement a strategic communications plan for the department.

Dana started her career as a television news reporter, working in Grand Rapids and Lansing, covering historic events such as the coronavirus pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the 2020 presidential election.

When Dana isn’t working, she’s an instructor at The Barre Code East Lansing, a fitness studio focused on self-love and women’s empowerment. She leads classes that help women prioritize their health and to give back to themselves through fitness.

Dana also gives back to CMU by mentoring current undergraduate students in the fields of broadcasting and communications. She helps them with their resumes, prepping for job interviews, and offers general career advice.