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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    GasBuddy: Low gas prices likely won’t last through holiday weekend

    WEST MICHIGAN — Michigan has the third lowest gas prices in the country, according to AAA. Because of the low prices at pump, AAA expects more Michiganders to travel for the holiday weekend by vehicle. More specifically, AAA estimates 1.5 million Michigan citizens will travel more than 50 miles from home. Also, the number of vehicles on the highway this holiday weekend will reach levels we haven’t seen since 2007. Gas prices around West Michigan are at or below $2 […]

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    Man sentenced for 2014 Kent County murder

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A man was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday afternoon for his role in killing a Spencer Township man. Brent Luttrell was killed in home invasion in 2014.  Four men broke into the home where several people were asleep. Police say that the men broke in looking for drugs and money that was believed to be in the home. Kevin Berry was sentenced Tuesday afternoon to life in prison, but parole is a possibility.  Jaman Parish […]

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    Man learns of unemployment benefits collected via his stolen identity

    WEST MICHIGAN — A man from Hudsonville learned he was recently approved for unemployment benefits. It sounds normal enough, but he said he hasn’t applied for benefits in nearly a decade. It appears someone’s collected hundreds of dollars using his identity. His name is Mike, and he reached out to the FOX 17 Problem Solvers for help since he wasn’t able to resolve this with the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency himself. Mike didn’t want his last name used in the article under the […]

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    Students sue Michigan State University over handling of sexual assaults

    EAST LANSING, Mich. — Emily Kollaritsch and Shayna Gross are sharing what they say is both an injustice and a threat to college students in East Lansing. Attorney Irwin Zalkin said, “These young women have filed a courageous lawsuit today against Michigan State for their failure to adequately respond to each of their reports that they were sexually assaulted by fellow MSU students.” The California-based attorney said he’s fought similar cases in the Golden State and now he’s teamed up […]

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    Perrigo avoids hostile takeover

    ALLEGAN, Mich. — News that Perrigo avoided a hostile takeover by another company hadn’t yet spread in the city of Allegan, Friday morning. However, it was more than welcome at Sophrona’s Restaurant. “This community is dependent on Perrigo for employment. So many of our residents are employed there. I would hate to see it close,” resident Pam Hopkins said. Her husband, Chuck Hopkins said, “I bet I know a hundred people that work there.” “Perrigo’s always been a good company. They […]

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    Police face invisible barrier

    KENT COUNTY, Mich. — Not a day goes by that Timoteo Rodas doesn’t think about the love of his life. A shrine dedicated to his late wife, Yolanda Reyes, sits in his living room. “She was a very beautiful person. We don’t forget for one minute,” Rodas said. He spoke in his native Spanish as FOX 17 media partner El Informador translated. On April 24, 2014, Rodas dropped off Reyes at work at a greenhouse in Walker. It would be […]

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    Man killed, woman in custody in Kalamazoo Co. homicide

    COMSTOCK, Mich. – The Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department is investigating an overnight homicide. Deputies were called to the home on Carter Street in Comstock at about 7:30am.  A woman called 911 reporting a domestic fight in progress.  When deputies arrived, the woman let them in. Inside, they found a 35-year-old man, dead, and evidence that a fight had taken place.  The woman was taken into custody without incident. “We’re trying to find out exactly what occurred leading up to the point […]

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    Suspect tells of victim’s final moments in recording at murder trial

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The  courtroom heard a recording Thursday of the woman accused of killing Janna Kelly in 2007, telling detectives what happened in the moments leading up to Kelly’s death. Robin Root is on trial for the murder of Kelly in December of 2007.  She was arrested earlier this year in the cold case. DNA evidence collected in 2007 implicated Root, but Grand Rapids Police didn’t submit the evidence to the state crime lab.  Ottawa County detectives found the evidence […]

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    Senate committee passes ‘Good Samaritan’ prescription drug overdose bill

    LANSING, Mich. — A bill that would protect minors who report prescription drug-related emergencies passed in the Senate Criminal  Justice Committee unanimously this morning. Lawmakers heard testimony on the legislation. It would expand the state’s “Good Samaritan” law that currently protects minors in alcohol-related emergencies. The bill was introduced following the death of 16-year-old Mason Mizwicki of Berrien County.   He died in January from a prescription drug overdose. Mizwicki’s family says his friends didn’t call for help because they were […]