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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    Justice delayed for hit and run victim looking for closure

    CALHOUN COUNTY, Mich. — Hit and run survivor James Pettigrew came face to face with the man accused of running him over.  However, a scheduled step toward justice was once again delayed Tuesday afternoon at the Calhoun County Courthouse. FOX 17 learned that suspect Gregory Williams’ attorney apparently had a scheduling conflict and this  caused confusion for everyone. So the preliminary hearing was adjourned. But James Pettigrew isn’t losing hope. “It’s moving. It’s moving slow, but it’s moving,” Pettigrew told FOX […]

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    Grandmother shot after grandson’s funeral

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Elijah Libbett said he ducked as a barrage of bullets whizzed by on Eastern Avenue near Baxter Street. They flew towards Urban Family Ministries where he works. At least one round pierced the building. Libbett said, “Everybody ran towards the door.” However, he recalled one woman couldn’t move and had been hit in the upper body. “I looked up, and I seen the female laying on the ground. So we helped her up,” Libbett said That woman attended […]

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    Hope Network accused of gender pay discrimination, lawsuit filed

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Attorney Katherine Smith Kennedy is representing a woman who says she was underpaid because she’s a woman. “I can tell you that the pay disparity has been a problem for decades and decades,” Kennedy said. The lawsuit filed in federal court accuses Hope Network and CEO Phil Weaver of perpetuating that systemic problem. Kennedy said her client, Allison Reuter, served as Hope Network’s chief attorney for seven years before feeling forced out and getting another job. […]

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    Benton Harbor Mayor urges calm: ‘Suppress any anger’

    BENTON HARBOR, Mich. — City leaders in Benton Harbor are urging the community to remain peaceful after police shot and killed a man in a shootout. Mayor Marcus Muhammad asked the community to “suppress any anger” they may feel and to “let the investigation take place without drawing any conclusions.” “It’s very important we exercise patience and restraint in this very tough time,” Muhammad said. “Although frustration and anger is high, we don’t want for our anger to govern our […]

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    Baby Kate trial deliberations continue

    LUDINGTON, Mich. — Friday is the third day of deliberations in the trial of a man charged with killing his 4-month-old daughter. The Mason County jury is weighing second-degree murder, manslaughter, or acquittal in the case of Sean Phillips.  Phillips is charged in the death of his daughter Katherine ‘Baby Kate’ Phillips. Detectives took evidence, Kate's car seat etc. back into the courtroom in #babykate #seanphillips @FOX17 — Darren Cunningham (@darrenfox17) October 14, 2016 Baby Kate disappeared in Ludington […]

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    No verdict after second day of deliberations in Baby Kate trial

    LUDINGTON, Mich. — Jurors left the Mason County Courthouse at 5:45 Thursday afternoon. For the second day, the group headed home without reaching a verdict. They’re trying to determine if Sean Phillips killed his daughter Katherine “Baby Kate” Phillips. The jury is weighing second degree murder, manslaughter, or acquittal. Baby Kate disappeared in Ludington on June 29, 2011, after her father drove off with her. The four-month-old hasn’t been seen since. Phillips wrote a letter in prison to Kate’s mother, Ariel […]

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    Sean Phillips trial enters third week

    LUDINGTON, Mich. – The trial of a man accused of killing his four month old daughter entered its third week Monday. Sean Phillips is on trial for killing his baby, Katherine, also known as Baby Kate, in 2011.  Phillips is currently serving a ten year sentence for unlawfully imprisoning Baby Kate.  Kate’s body has never been found. Monday, Rushawn Burton continued his testimony from Friday.  He shared a cell with Phillips and told the court that Phillips told him that […]

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    Couple out $500; warns others of self-described ‘mobile mechanic’

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — You don’t have to be a mechanic to tell Walter Whitlock’s truck has a squeaky suspension. “It’s very, very noticeable,” Whitlock said. The 71-year-old said Frank Dizonno Jr. offered to fix it. In late August, Whitlock and his wife said they pulled into a restaurant parking lot in Kalamazoo, and Dizonno followed them inside. “He come up to us and convinced us that he was a mechanic and that he has a mobile repair service, where they […]

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    Baby Kate murder trial begins; child’s mother takes the stand

    LUDINGTON, Mich. – The trial of a man accused of killing his four-month-old daughter is underway in Mason County. Sean Phillips is accused of killing Katherine “Baby Kate” Phillips in 2011.  He is currently serving a ten year sentence for unlawful imprisonment for taking the child. After three days of jury selection, opening statements began Thursday morning. Prosecutors opened by telling the jury that Phillips didn’t want Baby Kate.  Donna Pendergast, from the Attorney General’s Office, told jurors that Baby Kate […]