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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
  • Unemployment investigation: Lawmaker wants to reform notification process

    WEST MICHIGAN — Bill Griffey and Dan Wilder both have something to smile about. Their debts imposed by the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency have been cleared. The FOX 17 Problem Solvers previously interviewed both gentlemen about their woes with the state department. Griffey faced a $23,000 fine from the agency. As you may recall, the state accused him of working two jobs while collecting unemployment benefits. However, the Plainwell man said he wasn’t working. On top of that, he said […]

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    Unemployment fraud investigation: Professors ask feds to intervene

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Professor Steve Gray is very familiar with the complaints hitting the state`s unemployment agency. While Gray and professor Luke Schaefer said their views don’t reflect those of the University of Michigan, they felt strongly enough about this to embark on a mission to change the system. Gray runs the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Project. It’s a free clinic and is part of the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor. He and first year law students […]

  • Historic steeple demolished at Portland’s First Baptist Church

    PORTLAND, Mich. — The Portland community came together to say goodbye to a piece of their history. The steeple atop First Baptist Church was demolished today. Monday’s tornado caused heavy damaged to it. Pastor Gary Coleman watched alongside dozens of other people at Bridge and Smith Street. “It’s hard to see it go,” Coleman said. The pastor said the church was established in 1840. The iconic steeple was built in the 1870s. People took pictures and video to capture it in its […]

  • Traveling Samaritans help Portland community cleanup following tornado

    PORTLAND, Mich. — Dayna Gustafson said she was on the phone telling her son to drive safely because of the impending storm. Moments after that conversation, she said the weather turned bad and heavy rains and high winds swept in. “I knew it was a tornado and just ran to the basement,” Gustafson said. She explained, “I maybe spent 30 seconds in the basement and when I came up, this is what you saw.” Trees and tree branches were scattered everywhere in […]

  • First of Portland’s historic churches demolished after tornado, bell recovered

    PORTLAND, Mich. — The steeple of the historic First Congregational Church came crashing to the ground as an excavator dug into the building this morning. It’s necessary demolition, but it was a somber sight for the Portland community. Longtime pastor Marilyn Danielson said the new steeple cost $125,000 to construct and the final touches were put on just hours before the tornado hit. “They had the lights finished two hours before the tornado hit, and we never saw it lit,” Danielson […]

  • Portland help

    Portland community pulling together to clean up tornado damage

    PORTLAND, Mich. — Portland residents are coming together to help with clean-up efforts after an EF-1 tornado touched down in the eastern Ionia County community Monday afternoon. Julie Sheridan, who has owned a home in Portland for 22 years, said there wasn’t a single tree still planted on her property, but she found several in her yard.  Her deck collapsed and her chimney is gone. Sheridan said Portland middle and high school students have been helping her clean up. “I’m […]

  • Problem Solvers question Gov. Snyder about Unemployment Insurance Agency complaints

    LANSING, Mich. — Moments before Governor Snyder signed the state budget Wednesday afternoon, the FOX 17 Problem Solvers asked him about problems with the Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) and if he would consider freezing penalty and interest collections until the problems are sorted out. The Problem Solvers have received hundreds of calls, emails, and Facebook messages from people who say they’ve been wrongly accused of fraud, fined thousands of dollars, haven’t had due process and aren’t getting any answers from […]

  • Gov. Snyder signing state budget

    Snyder signs state budget

    LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder signed next year’s budget into law Wednesday afternoon in Lansing. It accounts for $54.5 billion in spending. Snyder touts this year’s budget as “5 for 5″. He said it’s been 5 years in a row that a ‘smart’ budget has been passed by June. That’s several months before the deadline. The Michigan House of Representatives and the Michigan Senate passed the bills earlier this month. Road funding is the major issue that no one […]

  • State lawmakers weigh in on Unemployment Insurance Agency

    LANSING, Mich. — The FOX 17 Problem Solvers sat down with two state lawmakers, a Republican and a Democrat, who said if there’s a problem with the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA), then they’re willing to take a closer look. “If I got a letter that said I owed $23,000, I’d have a heart attack,” said Rep. Brandon Dillon, D-Grand Rapids. That was his reaction to just one of the fines issued by the UIA. But it doesn’t stop there. […]