She attended the University of Michigan, majoring in Journalism and Urban Affairs.
Jana is Arizona's most acclaimed journalist.
She has won five awards in the Arizona Press Club competition including, Arizona's Journalist of the Year and the Don Bolles Award, two times, plus the Distinguished Service Award, recognizing her lifetime achievements in journalism.
She won two national awards for commentaries on KAET-TV. One came from the National Commission on Working Women, the other from American Women in Radio and Television.
She was nominated for the prestigious Edgar Allan Poe Award from the Mystery Writers of America for her debut book : "The Trunk Murderess: Winnie Ruth Judd" for which she also received. Arizona's only literary prize, "The Scotty".
She received the Gold Medal as the nation's outstanding columnist for her Phoenix magazine column, "Jana's View," presented by the National City and Regional Magazine Association. She received a "Laurel" accolade in Columbia Journalism Review for her coverage of "The Carol Herriman Story".
She was honored with the "Presidential Award for Media Excellence" from the Arizona Education Association.
She won a Regional Emmy for the television services she created for KTVK-TV entitled "Hurrah for Arizona."
Jana also won the annual leadership award from the Arizona Chapter of the ACLU for her straightforward, gutsy commentaries and columns that "speak truth to power"