CUNNINGHAM_DARREN

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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    Former GRPD officer sentenced for criminal sexual conduct

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

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    1,000+ Ottawa County students attend state Supreme Court hearing

    LANSING, Mich. — More than 1,000 middle school students got a first-hand look at Michigan’s legal system Wednesday during a hearing at the state Supreme Court. Students from all over Ottawa County packed the Jenison Center for the Arts for the real-life civics lesson. It’s through Court Community Connections, a public education program through the Michigan Supreme Court established in 2007. The case they were observing is Peter Deacon vs. Pandora.  Deacon, who is from Michigan, accuses the popular music […]

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    Congressman calls on Snyder to review unemployment fraud cases

    WASHINGTON — Congressman Sander Levin, who represents communities in Metro Detroit, wrote a 2-page letter to Governor Rick Snyder that states the governor needs to make things right for people who’ve been wrongly accused of unemployment fraud and fined thousands of dollars. The congressman’s office reached out to the FOX 17 Problem Solvers about the letter and spoke to us via satellite from Washington, DC. Levin said the unemployment agency issues was brought to his attention when the state Auditor General’s first of two reports on […]

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    11-year-old environmental activist recruits other kids to help pick up litter

    KENT COUNTY, Mich. —  Friday is Earth Day, but one Kent County fifth grader is dedicated to helping the environment year round. Brady Blaquiere, 11, picks up trash to help protect Mother Nature, and he’s gotten hundreds of other kids to join the cause through his online home school program Connections Academy. Blaquiere’s mom Kat says it was Connections Academy that inspired his environmental efforts in the first place.  He’s known as the “Dime Dasher,” since he picks up a […]

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    New state audit highlights state unemployment agency’s alleged shortcomings

    LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Auditor General has released a new report highlighting problems with the Unemployment Insurance Agency’s automated computer system. The Michigan Integrated Data Automated System (MiDAS) decides whether a person is qualified for benefits and if a person who has received benefits has committed fraud. Over the past year, the FOX 17 Problem Solvers have done a series of reports highlighting flaws with the automated system. Innocent people have been accused of fraud and fined tens of thousands of dollars. […]

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    Alleged accomplice testifies in Musick murder trial

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Testimony started Tuesday in the murder trial of Roger Musick. Musick is accused in the December 2013 murder of Steven Day.    Robert McCombs, the man who admitted to helping Musick dump Day’s body, was one of the people called to testify Tuesday. McComb said he spent 14 months behind bars for his actions in helping with the cover-up after pleading guilty to tampering with evidence the night of the murder.   He said he, Musick […]

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    Pest control company receiving calls, concerns about Zika Virus

    WEST MICHIGAN — Zika Virus may cause “fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis” in those who contract it or no symptoms at all, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Experts say it’s particularly detrimental to pregnant women and their unborn children. Even though it’s more of a problem in South and Central America at this point, a local pest control company said it’s been receiving calls from mothers wanting to ensure they have a healthy baby. Friday afternoon, The […]

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    Alleged predator is former youth football coach; youngest suspect pleads guilty

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Aaron Russell, 19, pleaded guilty on Thursday to accosting a minor immoral purposes. He’s the youngest of seven suspects accused of soliciting sex from who they thought was a  15-year-old girl online. They face 2 years in prison. Instead of meeting up with an underage girl, they met a 23-year-old man in Grand Rapids who confronted each of them, recorded video of the whole thing, and then turned over his evidence to police. That man later posted the […]

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    Silent Observer seeks help finding 15 West Michigan sex assault suspects

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Silent Observer is releasing a new poster in an effort to get 15 sexual assault suspects off the streets. The 15 men on the poster have outstanding warrants for sexual assault or are wanted on open sexual assault charges.  As of April 12, none of these suspects were in custody. “It’s doing the right thing. It’s speaking up and breaking the code of silence. We need to break the code of silence to solve crime in […]