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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

    Car and cash withheld from Holland mother of two simply awaiting repairs

    HOLLAND, Mich. — Imagine buying a used car only to have it break down days later. What sounds like a raw deal got even worse for one Holland woman. “I just had a baby. She’s three months old, and I have a 5-year-old son that I need to get to doctors appointments and school’s coming up,” Torrie Hamm said. The Holland mother of two needed reliable transportation and spotted a 2000 Ford Taurus on the side of road in Ottawa […]

  • Vandals repeatedly ransack Grand Rapids woman’s property

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Marilyn Townsend has a big problem on her hands that she can’t seem to get rid of. Someone keeps vandalizing the property she’s trying to reconstruct on Worden Street in Grand Rapids. “My goal initially when purchasing the property was to open an adult foster home, and these are people who normally can’t live on their own. So they need to be safe,” Townsend exclaimed. She said, “It’s very disheartening because I purchased this house to give back to the community, trying to fix […]

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    Mattawan HS mourns student killed in crash

    MATTAWAN, Mich. – A tragic car accident brought Mattawan High School students together today to mourn the death of a classmate. John Porn, 18, died Thursday afternoon at the corner of KL Avenue and Almena Drive and two other students were injured.  According to the Kalamazoo County Sheriff, Porn was driving when he ran a stop sign and was broadsided by a woman driving a Hummer.  Nichole Tully and Mia Holmgren, both 16, were in the car with Porn and […]

  • Grand Haven man won unemployment hearing a year ago; garnished taxes never returned

    GRAND HAVEN, Mich. — Don Berens said he filed for unemployment benefits in January 2010 after being laid off. He said he collected $4,500 before finding another job. In 2012, he said he got a bill from the Unemployment Insurance Agency. The agency and its computer system accused him of fraud and demanded he pay the $4,500 back plus interest. Despite his protests, the state took his tax return for the year 2012 and 2013 — $556 total. In July 2014, he […]

  • Take a rare, up close look at the state Capitol dome restoration

    LANSING, Mich. — The state Capitol building usually attracts interest for what goes on inside the historic building. However, the outside of the building and that famous dome are getting some much needed attention these days. “We get a lot of questions from people in terms of what’s going on, when will it be painted, when’s the scaffolding coming down. So we thought the best way to let the public know what’s going on is to go through the media, give […]

  • Michigan military gets more active-shooter training

    LANSING, Mich. – It seems like with each passing week, Americans are witnesses to the horror of another mass shooting.  First responders, police and our military must prepare for them and confront these realities head-on. Most recently, the shooting at a military site in Chattanooga has prompted active-shooter trainings at military bases across the country, including Monday in Lansing. The Michigan Department of Military and Veteran Affairs holds one active-shooter training each year, but after Chattanooga, they added another one. […]

  • Kalamazoo River Oil Spill – Five Years Later

    MARSHALL, Mich. — Five years have passed since the Enbridge oil spill, which came to be the largest inland oil spill in U.S. history. About 800,000 gallons of oil spilled into the Tallmadge Creek, destroying wildlife and disrupting hundreds of people’s lives. Plus, some 38 miles of the Kalamazoo River were affected. The river is back to full use today. Enbridge, the company that owns and operates the pipeline that leaked, calls the event a wake-up call the company won’t […]

  • Despite never collecting a penny, state unemployment fining people thousands of dollars

    WEST MICHIGAN — The FOX 17 Problem Solvers are hearing from several people who never collected unemployment benefits while the state accused them of fraud and fined them. These individuals applied for benefits when they were laid off, but for many reasons they were denied benefits and never were paid unemployment benefits. Some of them were immediately called back to work. Others found a new job, and some simply didn’t appeal or fight for the benefits. Yet, many are being accused […]

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    Jones brothers sentenced to prison for Newaygo murder

    WHITE CLOUD, Mich. – Matthew Jones has been sentenced to life in prison for killing a Newaygo County girl in 1989. Matthew Jones was convicted in May of killing Shannon Siders. Siders was 18 when she disappeared.  Her body was found a few months after her disappearance in the Manistee National Forest. Police said she’d last been seen driving in a car with the brothers. After her body was found, the case grew cold. Investigators reopened it decades later. Matthew Jones […]