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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
  • Ottawa Co. Road Commission adding GPS, performance monitoring technology to fleet

    OTTAWA Co., Mich. — The Ottawa County Road Commission is now able to track each of its trucks location, speed, and monitor vehicle diagnostics on a single computer screen. Ryan Kemppainen, operations superintendent, said about 117 salt and plow trucks will be outfitted with the technology from Verizon. He can now track the crews in real-time remotely on a quarter of the fleet. A black box hooked up in the truck can also tell what function the truck is performing (i.e. plowing, […]

  • Colorful collage of murals nearing completion by Grand Rapids overpass

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Downtown Grand Rapids is home to a handful of murals adorned on the side of buildings. The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) hopes to liven up the city even more with the artwork. There’s a new project in the works on Division Avenue near the I-196 overpass on a concrete wall. It’s not hard to miss the artwork. Nick Nortier and two other artists are painting a collage of murals as part of the “Exit […]

  • After multiple break-ins, businesses upset with Lakes Mall over ‘lack of security’

    FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Jeff and Corrine Fortenbacher run Maui Waui Coffees and Smoothies inside the Lakes Mall in Fruitport Township. Lately, it keeps getting hit by burglars overnight. Despite people getting into the building after hours, these business owners say, it doesn’t seem to be a concern for mall management. Jeff Fortenbacher said of the thieves, “That’s all they want is cash.” A nearby store captured the burglar on surveillance video on multiple occasions going into the smoothie shop. Fortenbacher […]

  • Man sentenced for concealing the death of Baby Natallya

    WHITE CLOUD, Mich. – The man who concealed the death of a baby girl in Newaygo County has been sentenced. Matthew Bradley will spend between 28 months and 7 years in prison. Before his sentencing, Bradley told the judge, “I know that concealing her death was wrong. I wish I had gone about it differently. I miss her everyday, and I apologize for everything.” In July, he pleaded guilty to concealing the death of Natallya Rich in May.  Bradley confessed that he […]

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    28th Street businesses look forward to the Metro Cruise spending

    WYOMING, Mich. – Car lovers are gathering along 28th Street for the 11th Annual Metro Cruise.  Wyoming businesses are looking forward to the weekend too. Organizers say that last year, people spent over $3 million along 28th Street last year for Metro Cruise. When the event started eleven years ago, they got about 400-500 cars.  Last year, there were 15,000 cars and 250,000 people. From Pal’s Diner in Cascade in the east to Rogers Plaza in Wyoming in the west, […]

  • ArtPrize adds new educational event called “ArtPrize Labs”

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Becca Guyette joined the ArtPrize team as education manager in March and says she is “really excited.” As education manager she now oversees “Education Days” and anticipates 13,000 kids will participate this year. Schools all over West Michigan take their students to ArtPrize on field trips. “We serve early childhood all the way through K through 12th grades,” Guyette said. But this year, there’s something new brewing in the ArtPrize hub. It’s called “ArtPrize Labs.” It’ll […]

  • Kalamazoo home burns for 2nd time this week

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. – A Kalamazoo home was destroyed by fire overnight and it was the second fire at the home in just a few days. Neighbors say the home was firebombed. Police say that the first time the home caught fire, Monday, the residents were able to put the fire out on their own.  That was not the case Wednesday morning. The home is in the 1100 block of Weaver Avenue.  Police are calling the fire suspicious, but are not […]

  • Homes, vehicles on Grand Rapids’ west side tagged with graffiti

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids police say cleaning up graffiti is an ongoing project for the city. But it’s one that can only be done if victims notify the city immediately. Take a quick walk around Escott, Myrtle and Webster avenues on Grand Rapids’ west side, and it won’t take long to notice someone had a little too much time on their hands early Monday morning. “I’ve never seen anything like this,” resident Dick Sedlecky said. “At 4 o’ […]

  • Problem Solved: 101-year-old gets much-needed refund from state treasury

    HOLLAND, Mich. — Thanks to the FOX 17 Problem Solvers 101 year old Winifred Biles finally got her refund from the state of Michigan for $1,157. “I’m taking it straight to the bank,” Valerie Roosa, her daughter said. Roosa explained, “She’s 101, and she depends on that money.” Frank and Valerie Roosa reached out to the FOX 17 Problem Solvers for help last month. For 23 years, their mother has filed for the Homestead Property Tax Credit. It’s a refund […]