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.


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    Former prosecutor talks challenges in Heeringa case

    MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. —  In most murder cases, prosecutors depend on autopsy results to show how the victim died and make connections to the alleged killer. However, murder cases involving missing victims obviously present more difficult challenges. “When you are prosecuting a ‘no body’ case, it takes a long time to put it together. You do not want to be premature when issuing a charge because a prosecutor has one shot,” Gardner said. Muskegon County Prosecutor D.J. Hilson has just […]

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    Third person arrested in connection to Holland Twp. murder

    HOLLAND, Mich. – A third person has been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting last weekend in Holland Township. Anthony Lamb, 22, was killed in the shooting outside the Hookah Lounge on Butternut Drive Sunday morning at about 3:15am. The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department tells FOX 17 that Demetrius Viney has been arrested on a charge of being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm.  He has not been charged with killing Lamb, but investigators say they believe that Viney was […]

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    Testimony starts in dog shooting, beating case

    CALHOUN CO., Mich. — David Hursley, 54, appeared in court for the first day of testimony in a dog beating trial. Hursley is also accused of shooting his husky mix with an airsoft gun back in February at his Battle Creek home. Several witnesses took the stand today, including people who said they were present when it all happened. David Hill claimed that Hursley hit the dog in self-defense after it bit he and Hursley. Christoper Mazur claimed the dog […]

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    Lawmakers remember colleague killed in motorcycle crash

    LANSING, Mich. — Prayer before each state House session begins is customary. However, a special prayer and a moment of silence took place for state representative Peter Pettalia. The 61-year-old died in a motorcycle crash Monday afternoon. “He loved life. He loved his family and his job,” said Rep. Ed McBroom. Michigan State Police said a pickup truck turned in front of him in Northern Michigan. It caused his motorcycle to hit the truck broadside. Flowers now decorate Pettalia’s desk. He […]

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    Man claims to have spotted Heeringa in cousin’s basement

    MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. — Search warrant affidavits tied to Jessica Heeringa’s disappearance and Rebecca Bletsch’s murder contain disturbing information about Jeffrey Willis’ cousin’s alleged role in the case. Jeffrey Willis is the prime suspect in both cases, as well as the abduction of a teenaged girl in 2016. Kevin Bluhm, a corrections officer, is Willis’ cousin and will be sentenced later this month for lying to police during the course of a felony criminal investigation. Bluhm pleaded to guilty to feeding investigators […]

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    Veteran injured in hit-and-run demands answers and justice

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — James Pettigrew, 60, is thankful to be alive. FOX 17 had a chance to speak with him today at Hope Network’s rehabilitation facility in Grand Rapids. Pettigrew’s family reached out to FOX 17 because he wants answers about the person accused of hitting him. The veteran doesn’t take movement for granted. “It’s been a struggle,” Pettigrew said. He was already physically challenged before the accident. But on May 14, someone took the ability to walk away […]

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    Local Trump supporter says yard signs egged, vandalized

    HESPERIA, Mich. — Patrick Pawlik’s front yard is full of political signs, including homemade signs. The Hesperia man said he’s exercising his first amendment rights to inform passersby. “Hilary kills and the truth, Trump builds,” Pawlik read two of his signs. He said, “Maybe if they don’t know, they’ll get somewhat educated.” But Pawlik said someone’s tried to Trump that on three different occasions. He said several eggs have been thrown at his signage. Some of the eggshells are still on the […]

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    West Michigan woman says deck incomplete, not up to code

    VICKSBURG, Mich. — Shellie Harrison is frustrated with contractor Mark Boyer. She said she hired him to build a patio and a deck with a staircase to connect to her balcony. “I gave him $4,000,” Harrison said of the deposit. She said she paid the deposit in late June and was to pay the other $2,500 upon completion. Harrison said Boyer promised to have everything finished by the end of July. She has the contract. But she said he didn’t start work […]

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    Rockford players expected to practice, play Friday

    ROCKFORD, Mich. — The investigation continues in Rockford where a stomach bug sickened dozens of football players and their parents. It forced them to forfeit their game last Friday. Monday marked the first day back in class for Rockford students from summer break, as school officials work to keep the bug contained. Health officials in Kent County said 25 football players, parents and coaches have been sickened by the bug. That’s a slight drop from the first estimate of 30 to 50 people, […]