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Darren Cunningham

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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    Youth wrestling team butt heads with local apparel shop

    GRANDVILLE, Mich. — When wrestling coach Michael Henderson decided it was time for new team singlets, he said he went with Unlimited Visions Athletics and Apparel out of Holland. The coach said more than 30 kids, ranging from age four to middle schoolers, are on Team Hendy which is in Grandville. “I showed the singlet, and the kids were so excited,” Henderson recalled showing his athletes a composite. He said he paid a deposit of $374 to business owner Joe Obaseki whose […]

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    Professor explains a president’s authority over National Guard

    Grand Rapids, Mich. — The Associated Press reported on a leaked draft memo that shows the federal government has considered using the National Guard to round up undocumented immigrants. This is something the White House flat out denied. The Department of Homeland Security said there were conversations as late as Friday. DHS the issue was never seriously considered and that the draft memo didn’t make it to the White House. But would a move like this be constitutional? Professor Devin Schindler […]

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    Customers’ complaints about local contractor also on BBB’s radar

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Several West Michiganders have reached out to the FOX 17 Problem Solvers with complaints about Wyoming-based contractor True Value Builders. The Better Business Bureau of Western Michigan said it’s also fielding complaints. While some customers say the company failed to adhere to contract specifications, other customers said they paid a deposit for work that never started. Customer Deana Gregoire said,”We’ve got water damage all over on our ceilings. In our bathroom, it ran down the walls.” “We keep […]

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    Chick-fil-A contractors’ dispute leaves dozens of carpenters unpaid

    WEST MICHIGAN — Chick-fil-A’s West Michigan debut continues to make a splash. Now, union carpenters say they were hired to build the frame of the buildings in Wyoming and Portage, but during construction in the fall, the excitement for these workers quickly wore off when final payments for their portion of the project came up short. “My check bounced. Our checks bounced,” union carpenter Eric Vinson said. The call to “Eat Mor Chikin” led to long lines in Gaines Township […]

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    Downtown parking concerns as GR prepares for theater development

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — If you’ve ever been to downtown Grand Rapids, it’s something you’ve likely heard people talking about: parking. Several downtown lots will soon be closed for new developments, including a movie theater.  As more people head to the area, local businesses are concerned about where their employees will park. Bill Bowling, a Grand Rapids realtor, is just one of the business owners concerned about finding convenient parking for employees.  He’s worried some discouraged tenants might leave. “From […]

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    Michigan: Potential release of personal UIA info may affect 1.9M

    LANSING, Mich. — Nearly 1.9 million residents’ private information may have been compromised, according to the State of Michigan. The Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) said there was a potential release of Social Security numbers, names, and wage records as part of a software update to the state’s unemployment benefits system called MiDAS. State officials with the UIA and the Department of Technology, Management, and Budget (DTMB) made the announcement Friday. According to the state, the software update inadvertently made the […]

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    State releases list of payroll processing companies affected by UIA glitch

    LANSING, Mich. — The state has released a list of payroll processing companies affected by a glitch in the Unemployment Insurance Agency’s computer system MiDAS. Friday, the state announced that 1.87 million workers’ private information may have been exposed by a MiDAS update. That includes names, social security numbers, and wage records. The MiDAS update took place in October, but the glitch wasn’t noticed until Jan. 30, according to the Department of Technology, Management, and Budget. The state said only […]

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    Fake Craigslist ads steer strangers into Grand Rapids couple’s home

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Bill and Kelly Doughty thought they found the perfect rental on Grand Rapids’ west side and decided to look no further. They moved into a home on Valley Avenue on November 1, 2016. “We spent months, and I can’t tell you how many houses I looked at,” Kelly Doughty said, “and this is the one that finally suited everything, all our needs.” But the couple said it soon began dealing with unwelcome guests. The Doughty’s said strangers […]

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    Wyoming man charged with secretly recording nude woman

    WYOMING, Mich. — Ben Crawford, 31, was charged today with secretly recording a nude woman and using a computer to commit a crime. According to the probable cause statement, Crawford admitted to committing the crimes which occurred in September 2016. He appeared before a judge in Wyoming District Court this morning. According to the probable cause statement, Crawford admitted to installing a camera in a bathroom and storing the images on his computer. Investigators said he used a towel hook […]