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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
  • Frozen pipes: Residents wait for service in Muskegon Heights

    MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. — Matthew Hanes is waiting on the city of Muskegon Heights to send someone to thaw the city pipes that service his home. FOX 17 found out the city’s insurance won’t cover welding which is needed to heat those pipes and get the water flowing. We’re told the liability is, it’s a fire hazard. Interim city manager Lori Doody said the city is having trouble getting contractors who are willing to take on that liability. Hanes lives on Jefferson […]

  • Strangers help family of ailing newborn

    WYOMING, Mich. — Elease Koehn just turned one month old. She’s in the Helen Devos Children’s Hospital, and she’s fighting for her life. “We noticed she wasn’t eating right, so we brought her [to the hospital on January] 28th and they checked her platelet count,” Brandon Koehn, Elease’s father said. “They said she was deathly ill,” he added. Koehn said he learned from doctors that Elease contracted a viral infection. What it is exactly, isn’t clear. “All of a sudden it […]

  • Landlord warns of bogus Craigslist rental ads

    KALAMAZOO COUNTY, Mich. — Tom Waggoner responded to a Craigslist advertisement, along with the FOX 17 Problem Solvers. We called a man who said he wanted to rent out a home on West Michigan Avenue in Kalamazoo. The problem: Wagoner and his wife own the property. They rent it out to college students. “This time of year, we rent it and put it on [Zillow.com],” Waggoner said. He said someone copied his rental ad from Zillow.com, created a phony ad […]

  • “To College, Through College” summit held in Downtown Grand Rapids

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids mayor George Heartwell said local student ACT scores are on the rise, along with college enrollment rates for Grand Rapids Public School graduates. “Grand Rapids ranks  number two in the nation in the growth rate of population with higher education degrees,” Heartwell said. “Still we know, that our completion rate of college among students we send off from Grand Rapids, from our Grand Rapids Public Schools that go off with promise to college… we know […]

  • Punishing fraudulent contractors

    WEST MICHIGAN — Ken Bird and James Fouse are two familiar names in West Michigan, but for the wrong reasons. The FOX 17 Problem Solvers have done a number of investigations on these two contractors. These men are accused of taking money from unsuspecting customers and failing to fulfill their end of the bargain on construction jobs. Bird recently pleaded guilty to fraud for taking thousands upon thousands of dollars. Fouse has a lengthy criminal rap sheet. In some cases, the contractor […]

  • Arson suspect ‘objects’ to judge’s orders

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Mitchell Hapner, 41, was charged with arson today. He allegedly set fire to Hollywood Nights, an adult novelty shop on Westnedge Avenue. The Kalamazoo business burned down on Wednesday, February 18th. It’s been leveled. Hapner said he wanted to ‘eradicate porn,’ according to Kalamazoo police chief Jeff Hadley. Police said someone saw Hapner try to hide an ax in a dumpster. It came out in court that someone else got a good description of Hapner’s vehicle at the scene. A […]

  • Convicted killer’s fiancee recalls his arrest

    KENT COUNTY, Mich. — Shawn Jarrett’s fiancee, Cheryl Jones, was the first person to testify on Wednesday. Cheryl Jones said June 20th was an otherwise normal day until police flagged her down to pull her over. She said she asked Jarrett (her passenger) why police wanted to talk to him. Jones told the prosecutor, “I had wanted to pull over and talk to [the police] to see what was going on, and that’s when the [police] cars surrounded my car and [Jarret] […]

  • Elderly victim faces alleged attacker in court again

    KENT COUNTY, Mich. — Opening statements took place and several witnesses testified on the first day of Shawn Jarrett’s rape trial. Jarrett is a convicted killer who is now accused of raping an 85-year-old Grandville woman. During opening statements, the prosecutor said DNA doesn’t lie. “This is the man that was in her house. This is the man that was there. She identifies him. She says he’s the one that was there,” Chris Becker, the Kent County assistant prosecutor told the […]

  • Jury selected for Grandville rape trial

    KENT COUNTY, Mich. — The jury has been selected in Shawn Jarrett’s rape trial. The Kent County assistant prosecutor said eight woman and six men make up the jury. Jarrett is accused of attacking an 85-year-old woman in her Grandville home. In June 2014, police said Jarrett knocked on the woman’s back door and asked to use her phone. When he gave it back to her, he reportedly beat, robbed and raped her. Opening statements in the rape trial starts […]