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
  • Consumers Energy launches new energy and cost savings program

    WEST MICHIGAN — If you have a smart meter you may have heard about the Peak Power Savings Program but might not know how it works. FOX 17 caught up with Consumers Energy during an installation to ask. Consumers Energy spokesman Roger Morgenstern said, “It’s a cost savings for the customer without sacrificing their comfort.” He said the program will save people money by saving energy. We watched as technician Mike Jahnke installed a switch on the side of a […]

  • Liquor store rule change upsets business owners, prompts lawsuit

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Michigan Liquor Control Commission is accused of secrecy and violating state law after allegedly failing to hold a public hearing before repealing a rule that’s been around since 1979. The rule requires liquor stores to be at least a half mile apart. “It really came to us as a shock that this longstanding rule is going to be repealed,” Rishi Makkar, owner of Rishi’s International Beverage, said. He believes the rule will impact businesses like […]

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    Email scam promises millions from American soldier in Syria

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — There’s a new internet scam out there that promises to deliver a windfall of cash. The Better Business Bureau of West Michigan has issued a warning about it. One email currently making the rounds is from someone claiming to be a soldier from Alabama who’s currently stationed in Syria fighting the war on terror. The soldier says he found a box with $14.6 million in it. He offers you a cut of the money if you […]

  • Family facing foreclosure over Frankenmuth Insurance claim battle

    ALTO, Mich  — Seth and Haley Budrew say Frankenmuth Mutual Insurance Company has made their lives extremely difficult over the past three years. In February 2014, a snowstorm caused their two-car attached garage to collapse, causing structural damage to the rest of the property, the Budrews said. That includes cracks in the ceilings and gaps in the walls. They said they hired the insurance company’s “preferred contractor,” who may have caused more damage to the structure. The Budrews said they […]

  • Local contractor complaints, criminal record crosses state lines

    MONTAGUE, Mich. — A West Michigan contractor profiled multiple times by the FOX 17 Problem Solvers allegedly has a trail of complaints in South Carolina. We’ve also learned that the Michigan Attorney General’s Office is suing James Foguth on behalf of at least two customers. Foguth owns True Value Builders based in Wyoming. “Jim Foguth turned something that I was really excited about into just a nightmare,” Sue Levy said. Levy is another disgruntled customer that the Problem Solvers caught up […]

  • Barking Boutique prepares third debut amid continued opposition

    GRANDVILLE, Mich. — Grandville Plaza is set to be the new home of Barking Boutique. Owner David Boelkes is preparing to open up shop and sell what’s called ‘designer breeds’. This will be his third effort to open this business in West Michigan. Community backlash caused the first two openings to fall short. Last year, the Lakes Mall in Muskegon backed out of a deal just before the grand opening. Months later, Woodland Mall evicted the shop within a week. […]

  • Shooting victim’s friend: ‘I want answers’

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Laurie Lundeberg, 50, was known in the neighborhood as Big Bird for her pet birds, her love of cats, and for chatting with everyone she came across. But she suffered an untimely death. Grand Rapids police said it’s the second homicide of the year. “She was liked. People liked her. People came to her for help. People appreciated my mom. She was a nice lady,” Larson Lundeberg said. It’s a tragedy her son Larson said he learned […]

  • Police find diaper-clad baby in freezing outdoors; couple charged

    BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Alisha Weems, 25, found herself in the Calhoun County Jail and in front of a county judge. She’s accused of exposing her 8-month-old baby to frigid, 28 degree temperatures. The infant only had on a diaper, according to Battle Creek police. On Wednesday, an officer allegedly spotted her with her boyfriend Vaughn Santora. Police said both appeared to be under the influence. “His behavior was nearly as incoherent. So as the officer continued to investigate, he became concerned […]

  • Protesters at meeting demand governor, attorney general shutdown pipeline

    LANSING, Mich. — About 250 protesters showed up in Lansing at the Pipeline Safety Advisory Board meeting Monday. They expressed concerns about Enbridge Line 5, a major oil pipeline that runs under the Straits of Mackinac. They said if the 145-mile line were to rupture, it would put all of the Great Lakes at risk. Environmentalists weren’t just there to protest, they also called on Governor Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette to decommission the line. Officials from Enbridge made […]