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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    Lawn care company allegedly disappears after taking cash

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Lawn care season is in full swing and many homeowners are looking to hire private companies to take care of their yards. But be careful. A lot of people say they paid hundreds of dollars to Keith Hoffer to cut their grass. They said he never mowed a single blade, and they’re upset and want their money back. Hoffer owns “GR Grounds Care.” 79-year-old Patricia Rabourn takes pride in keeping up her property herself. “Oh yea, I always […]

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    More testimony in preliminary hearing for Courser, Gamrat

    LANSING, Mich. – The preliminary hearing for former Michigan representatives Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat continued Thursday in Lansing. A judge is deciding if there is enough evidence to send the two to trial for misconduct in office and other charges. Three witnesses testified today, including the man who said that Courser asked him to send the false, lewd e-mail that Courser thought would squash rumors about his extramarital affair with Gamrat.  He testified he was told to send 47,000 […]

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    Aide: Courser asked me to send false email

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — An aide says a former Michigan lawmaker asked him to send an outlandishly false email to fellow Republicans so his extramarital affair with another legislator wouldn’t be believed, but the staffer refused because it was unethical and possibly illegal. Benjamin Graham testified in court Wednesday that ex-Rep. Todd Courser called him in May 2015, asking for help to “destroy” himself as a ruse. Courser devised an explicit email that said he had been caught having sex […]

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    Unemployment task force recommends policy changes for state agency

    LANSING, Mich. — The Unemployment Reform Subcommittee has issued recommendations for changing Unemployment Insurance Agency policy. Those proposed reforms could become law. Seven recommendations were issued at the fifth and final hearing Tuesday morning. They include: Making all forms less confusing and explaining how exactly fraud was committed Giving people ‘a meaningful avenue to appeal’ and properly informing them of their rights The department can’t use MiDAS (computer software) to determine fraud People and employers need adequate time to respond to […]

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    Fire destroys Ottawa Co. church sanctuary

    OLIVE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Dozens of crews batteled a fire at an Ottawa County church Friday morning. Calls came into Ottawa County Dispatch of fire coming from the steeple at Faith United Reformed Church on 120th Avenue between Polk Street and Croswell Street at about 8:45am.  Dispatch tells FOX 17 that 120th is closed at Polk. Reverend Matt Nuiver, the church pastor explained, “People have been baptized here. People have been married here. People have had funerals here. Those connections are all there, […]

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    Class action lawsuit against unemployment agency moves forward

    DETROIT, Mich. — Another lawsuit against the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency will move forward. Judge Cynthia Stephens’ ruled that the Michigan Court of Claims will hear the tentative class action suit in Bauserman v. Michigan UIA. The plaintiffs accuse the state of intercepting tax refunds and garnishing wages without due process after accusing people of unemployment fraud. The plaintiffs also accuse the agency of violating federal law by failing to give claimants the legally prescribed time to respond to fact-finding forms. […]

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    Feds getting involved in Michigan unemployment agency issues

    DETROIT, Mich. – Our FOX 17 Problem Solvers investigation into the state’s unemployment insurance agency is getting federal attention. U.S. Representative Sander Levin is demanding the state respond to the thousands of people who have falsely been accused of fraud. Alleged victims and attorneys with the Sugar Law Center joined Rep. Levin outside Detroit’s Cadillac Place, where Governor Rick Snyder has an office.  Levin is calling on Gov. Snyder to investigate the thousands of potentially false fraud accusations levied against citizens […]

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    Problem Solved: West Michigan woman gets money back thanks to Problem Solvers

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Sharon Coulter is resting a little easier tonight after former attorney Gary Fields has refunded her the $850 she paid for his services. The Kalamazoo woman said she entered into a contract with Fields and paid him in late 2013, but he soon disappeared. Months went by and she said no work was done on her long-term disability case. In fact, she said the attorney stopped responding altogether. Today, the FOX 17 Problem Solvers got an envelope in the mail from […]

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    Former GRPD officer sentenced for criminal sexual conduct

    Ryan Bruggink was sentenced to between two and 15 years in prison