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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
  • DETROIT, MI - MARCH 1: Michigan Governor Rick Snyder talks with the news media after announcing that he will appoint an Emergency Financial Manager for the city of Detroit during a town hall meeting at Wayne State University March 1, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit has more than $14 billion in debts and liabilities. The City has 10 days to appeal Gov. Snyder's decision. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

    Gov. Snyder to testify about Flint water crisis before House committee; releases more emails

    Gov. Rick Snyder has requested an opportunity to testify about the Flint water crisis in Washington D.C.

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    Authorities: Shooting suspect’s troubled past includes known gang ties

      MUSKEGON CO., Mich. — Clarence McCaleb is facing felony assault and weapons charges. FOX 17 has learned through court records and the prosecutor’s office that the 21-year-old is identified by police as a known gang member in Grand Rapids. The Muskegon County Prosecutor’s Office said Grand Rapids police detectives indicate that McCaleb has known ties to the Bemis Boys street gang in Grand Rapids. McCaleb also has a criminal history dating back several years, with past convictions for carrying a […]

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    Muskegon Heights superintendent says gunman shot innocent bystanders

    MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. — The superintendent for Muskegon Heights Public Schools said that four people shot after basketball games Tuesday night were innocent bystanders who “were simply walking to their cars.” Superintendent Alena Zachery-Ross addressed media late Wednesday afternoon. “Shortly after the basketball game ended, as people were leaving out of the building shots were fired,” Zachary-Ross stated. Zachary-Ross said she attended the games as well, which took place between Muskegon Heights and Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills High School. “Four […]

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    Church replacing 100-year-old pews, sold for small fee as keepsakes

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Inside the historic Basilica of St. Adalbert on Grand Rapids west side a revival is taking place. However, instead of filling the pews with people, people are emptying the church and filling their trucks with pews. “The ones that we’re taking out are over a hundred years old,” Father Louis Stasker said. Stasker said the church considered replacing the aging pews about a decade ago as part of the ongoing renovations, but it didn’t fit in the […]

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    State audit shows unemployment agency’s computer failed

    LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Auditor General released a report today on the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency’s $47 million computer system (MiDAS). The 40-page report dives into several findings, including the misrepresentation issues the FOX 17 Problem Solvers have been reporting on for the past several months. MiDAS launched in late 2013. In a report, the state said the automated system is designed to operate efficiently and without human intervention. In the 40-page audit, the state Auditor General said the agency failed […]

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    Church suffers second burglary in a week; pew set on fire

    MUSKEGON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — United Church of God in Muskegon Township is regarded as a sacred place where all are welcome. However, pastor Lynnette Gillett says someone decided to bring their sins to the church after hours. “I was surprised we got broke into,” Gillett said. “Not that we’re anybody special, but we haven’t had any problems at all in this neighborhood.” The church now has two problems on its hands: a burglar and an arsonist who apparently broke through the […]

  • A text message sent from Jermaine Cooper to one of Melissa Moore's sons the day she was killed.

    Victims’ sons testify in GR murder case, text message evidence shown

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The man accused of killing his long-time girlfriend and leaving her in the street is in court Wednesday for a preliminary hearing. Jermaine Cooper is accused of shooting Melissa Moore on November 6, 2015 in northeast Grand Rapids.  Her body was found by a city street-sweeping crew in the early morning hours that day.  Cooper was arrested about a month later in Detroit. One of the key pieces of evidence presented was a text message sent […]

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    Legislature debating floating fish farms for Great Lakes

    LANSING, Mich. — The debate continues in Lansing over whether to allow fish farms on the Great Lakes. Some lawmakers want to ban the industry altogether.  Tuesday, there was a press conference on the debate. Two different bills are making their way through the state legislature. One bans fish farms completely while the other allows farms with proper regulations. Lawmakers looking to ban the fish farms say a large number of fish in a concentrated area can create additional pollutants in […]

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    Rockford’s city manager laid to rest

    ROCKFORD, Mich. — People gathered on the streets of Rockford and watched a procession led by multiple police departments. It was all in honor of longtime city manager Michael Young. He died suddenly last week after a stroke. He was 48. His funeral was held this morning at Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church. Neil Blakeslee, Young’s mentor and longtime friend, said it’s difficult to think of any improvement in the city that Young didn’t help make a reality. “You […]