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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
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    Fundraiser planned for firefighter battling aggressive brain cancer

    ALLEGAN COUNTY, Mich. — Jerry Heasley has been fighting fires in Salem Township for 30 years, and he’s been a full-time truck driver for 20 years. In February 2014, all of that came to an abrupt end when the unexpected happened. “I bent over to pick something up, and I fell over,” he recalled. Heasley continued, “I told my wife, and she said, ‘you better go see a doctor.'” Instead, Heasley decided to take it easy. After a week, he […]

  • Vase stolen from child’s gravesite

    MUSKEGON, Mich. —  LaJoy Frierson and her husband have gone through a Mother’s Day and a Father’s Day without their oldest child. Now, a theft at her daughter’s gravesite has opened old wounds, Frierson says. She’s hoping someone returns the vase. The Friersons often take time to visit their oldest daughter’s gravesite at Muskegon’s Oakwood Cemetery. “My daughter is Asia Frierson. She passed away 15 months ago,” Frierson said. She was eight- and-a-half.” Asia fought rhabdomyosarcoma, a type of tissue […]

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    Popular Michigan veterinarian disciplined by state board

    LANSING, Mich. — Dr. Jan Pol is from the Mount Pleasant area, and he’s the star of “The Incredible Dr. Pol.” It’s a reality show on the National Geographic Channel. He’s been accused of improper care of animals. Dozens of supporters packed a state conference room in Lansing today to hear how the state veterinary board would handle the complaint. Dr. Eden Myers, a Kentucky veterinarian, made the accusations. Myers said she saw an episode where Pol performed surgery on […]

  • Community input sought on improving Downtown Grand Rapids

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The future and success of Downtown Grand Rapids is an ongoing discussion for community leaders. However, an effort that’s been months in the planning stages was front and center before city commissioners today. Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. is welcoming any and everyone to share their thoughts on the city’s future. They have an initiative called “GR Forward.” They’re asking residents and other stakeholders downtown what’s important to them as the city considers future growth. The group’s executive […]

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    Green Dot blocks GR woman after legit tax refund deposit; problem solved

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Amber Delmont said she’s a loyal Green Dot customer. She’s been using the prepaid debit cards for over a year and said it’s convenient. She has two cards, and her paychecks are directly deposited onto one of them. Delmont can also load money on at a convenience store. She said it’s more convenient than a bank. But like any debit card, it has security checkpoints. She is asked for her social security number when she loads […]

  • Case closed: I-94 pileups investigation ends with 63 drivers cited

    KALAMAZOO CO., Mich. — The investigation into the deadly I-94 pileups has concluded, according to the Michigan State Police. Two pileups shut down both sides of the highway on January 9th.  After more than two months of investigating, the state department released their findings today. Of the 193 drivers involved in the pile-up near Climax, state police will issue citations to 63 of them. One truck driver from Canada died in the crash and 18 people were injured. As if the pileup […]

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    Local contractor gets jail time and a job

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Local roofer Ken Bird is headed to the Kent County Jail for four months for fraud.  Judge George Buth sentenced him Wednesday. So far, he must also repay $224,000 in restitution to his victims, but we’re told that figure may fluctuate. Bird also found employment, so the judge granted work release. That means he’ll serve time but will be let out of jail to work. A construction company hired him, plus he’s a waiter. Bird didn’t […]

  • Busy GR intersection to close for two weeks; city plans public meetings

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The intersection at Michigan and Fuller will close for two weeks in April, according to city spokesman Steve Guitar. City engineer Mark DeClercq said the road is deteriorating and there will be a complete overhaul. Existing concrete will be replaced and sealed. He said sealant will be replaced every couple of years to maintain the road’s quality. This is part of Grand Rapids Vital Streets Program. Declercq said the city talked with affected businesses, and it […]

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    Dogs statewide travel to West Michigan for ‘search and rescue’ training

    NEWAYGO COUNTY, Mich. – Several intelligent dogs from around the state traveled to Camp Henry in Newaygo County. They participated in search and rescue training. It’s organized by the group “Michigan Search and Rescue”. To learn more about their organization and the services they provide click here. Watch the video for more.