As a FOX 17 Problem Solver, I try to help people who feel they have nowhere else to turn. We have a great team that prides itself in getting results and seeing a situation through to the end.

I couldn’t have imagined having this opportunity when I began at FOX 17 in August 2011. Since then, I’ve reported on a wide range of issues and events happening around West Michigan.

Before helping launch Problem Solvers, I served as the Grand Rapids city commission beat reporter for two years. I covered the region’s largest municipal government.

My professional journalism career began in Lansing. I cut my teeth in the news business at WLNS.
From 2006 to 2011, I wore many hats and reported the news for my last 3 years in the Capital City.

Before that, I graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Go blue!

When I’m not reporting the news, I enjoy spending time with my family, volunteering at my church, and running long distance.

Recent Articles
  • Battle Creek builder accused of taking $4k, not doing any work

    BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Lynda Smith said contractor Brandon Jacox has put her in dire financial straits. He owns BC Remodel and Roofing in Battle Creek. “This is probably the worst leak. It’s starting to bubble and warp towards the top there,” Smith pointed out. She showed us leaks in her kitchen ceiling that she said should be fixed by now after hiring Jacox in early March. Smith said she asked for recommendations for a contractor on Facebook. “Oddly enough, I […]

  • Home repairs remain unfinished 2.5 years, $6,000 later

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Charlotte Washington’s Bemis Avenue home holds a lot of history for her family. She says her father bought it at a time when African-Americans couldn’t buy homes in certain neighborhoods in Grand Rapids. “[Grandfather] worked as a baker, and he was an entrepreneur, and he had to give the money to someone else who was of a different color to buy the home for him and my grandmother,” said Beverly Day, Washington’s daughter. The home is a family […]

  • Holland couple awaits wedding video for nearly three years

    HOLLAND, Mich. — Bri and Lee Huizenga will celebrate their third wedding anniversary on July 27th. Her parents knew she really wanted to capture the big day on video. So they paid a Grand Blanc wedding videographer $5,500 to film the whole day. However, they said the DVDs never arrived. “It was Style and Motion and suggested by our wedding planner. So on first impression he was very impressive. [We] looked at some of his work, and it all looked good,” […]

  • School district cancels offsite Bible study classes after parent complaint

    FREMONT, Mich. — Fremont Public Schools canceled its Bible Release Time program after a parent complained. It’s a Bible study held during lunchtime, off-site at the Fremont Weslyan Church. Terveer is just one of the parents upset after the district suspended the program. Her daughter attends Daisy Brook Elementary School. Terveer said, “I explained it a little bit to my daughter. She was pretty confused about why they were doing this and who was doing it. She’s only 10.” “I don’t agree […]

  • Disability advocate pushing for school districts’ websites to be ADA compliant

    MICHIGAN — An initiative to make school districts’ websites accessible to people with disabilities is making its way around the state. Disability advocate Marcie Lipsitt is behind the effort and said she’s working to create national awareness of how inaccessible websites are to people who are blind or deaf. “Under section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), websites have to be pretty accessible to individuals who are blind and have low vision issues and are […]

  • Weaver Concrete owner accused of taking thousands of dollars, ditching job

    PAW PAW, Mich. — The FOX 17 Problem Solvers are looking deeper into a concrete business owner’s criminal background. Aaron Weaver owns Weaver Concrete in Paw Paw. He’s accused of ripping off a couple in Niles. Today, FOX 17 got a hold of Weaver’s fourteen mugshots at the Van Buren County Jail alone through the Freedom of Information Act. Sunday, the Problem Solvers profiled a Niles couple who said it gave Weaver $12,000 to build block walls and pour cement at […]

  • Concrete contractor allegedly takes off with thousands of dollars

    PAW PAW, Mich. — Diana Holub and her husband Frank run a wedding venue in Niles. So when they looked to expand, they hired a man they now say has no conscience and doesn’t care about people. In February, Diana hired Aaron Weaver, who owns Weaver Concrete of Paw Paw to build walls and lay the cement. She said she found his ad in the local paper. “We had paid him about $12,000 total,” Diana said. But she said all […]

  • Court: Attorneys allege unlawful garnishments by unemployment agency

    DETROIT, Mich. — A hearing took place in a class action lawsuit against the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency at the state Court of Appeals today. Attorneys from Pitt Mcgehee in Royal Oak represent Jason Doss, who is the class representative in Doss v. Snyder, et el. The agency and its computer system, MiDAS, are accused of falsely accusing thousands of people of fraud. In fact, the state eventually admitted fault and is continuing to review tens of thousands of cases. In […]

  • Unemployment agency accused of unlawful garnishments, violating court order

    MICHIGAN — The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency is once again accused of overstepping its boundaries. The FOX 17 Problem Solvers first exposed issues with the UIA two years ago regarding people falsely accused of fraud and fined thousands of dollars. The state is now accused of ignoring a court agreement to stop taking money from those individuals. This past January, the state agreed to stop collection activities until problems caused by its computer system were sorted out. Attorneys on a […]