Closings and Cancellations
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.

Recent Articles
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    Viral social media post helps Otsego woman get clinical trial

    BRIGHTON, Mich. — Lorie Volker said she lives life like everyday is her last, including enjoying the outdoors and traveling the world. That was well before she was diagnosed with Stage IV sarcoma, a painful, debilitating cancer, in March 2016. “It basically spread all over many different areas, throughout my legs, hips, chest, back,­” Volker explained. “Ultimately, it spread to the heart.” Volker, who grew up in Otsego, now lives in Brighton with her mom as she battles the disease. […]

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    UIA agrees to halt unemployment ‘fraud’ collections

    DETROIT, Mich. — Today, the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency has agreed to stop collecting money from people who’ve been accused of fraud. Plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit against the UIA pushed for this action. Judge Robert Cleland signed an order for the state to stop all collection activities, including “wage garnishment, federal and state tax return garnishment, invoices, bills or payment plans.” The state agreed with it. The fraud determinations must have been made between October 1, 2013 and August 7, […]

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    Lawsuit filed against MSU over alleged sexual assaults by school doctor

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Today, lawyers for 18 women and girls filed lawsuit against Michigan State University over alleged sexual assaults by a doctor who worked for the school and USA Gymnastics. The allegations involve Dr. Larry Nassar, who also has been criminally charged.  The press conference was held in Grand Rapids Tuesday morning. Nassar is charged with sexually assaulting a girl at his home between 1998 and 2005. Nassar is currently in custody after an FBI agent said that Nassar allegedly […]

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    Update: State agrees to review 30,000 more unemployment ‘fraud’ cases

    LANSING, Mich. — Today, state officials announced another 30,000 unemployment fraud cases will be re-reviewed. This will bring the total case reviews to roughly 53,000 cases, according to the Unemployment Insurance Agency. The FOX 17 Problem Solvers first exposed the issues in 2015 regarding the UIA’s computer system MiDAS. It finds fraud without human intervention. MiDAS’ errors led to false fraud allegations and large fines against citizens. In 2016, Congressman Sander Levin insisted the state review more than 50,000 cases. However, at the […]

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    State Unemployment Insurance Agency announces sweeping changes; director reassigned

    LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency director has been removed from her position, according to the Talent Investment Agency. This and other changes come after years of complaints from residents. The FOX 17 Problem Solvers have been investigating claims for nearly two years of people being erroneously accused of UIA fraud by a computer system that lacked human intervention. Wanda Stokes, the Director of the TIA, which oversees the UIA released a three-point plan Thursday to improve the unemployment […]

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    MSP: Greenville official, ex-wife defrauded $113k in insurance

    KENT COUNTY, Mich. — Christine Reiss, 47, was charged Tuesday morning in 61st District Court with healthcare fraud. Her ex-husband, Mark Reiss, is the Greenville public safety director. FOX 17 first reported Thursday evening that he faces the same charge, according to the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office. Court records indicate Blue Cross Blue Shield reported the alleged fraud to Michigan State Police in May 2016. Mark is accused of keeping Christine on his health insurance after the two divorced in 2014 and allegedly failed […]

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    Tow company offers free rides this weekend through 2017

    MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. — With 2017 just days aways, New Years celebrations will be aplenty. If you plan to drink, the Michigan State Police always warn citizens to do so responsibly and drive sober. Eagle Towing in Montague is offering itself as a designated driver. Operations manager Andrew Heykoop said, “My goal is to reduce the fatality and injury accidents in our area.” Eagle Towing is launching Operation Guardian Angel. The company is offering rides to partygoers who have a […]

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    State raiding ‘fraud fund’ to balance state budget, despite unpaid refunds

    LANSING, Mich. — The state of Michigan owes millions of dollars to people wrongly accused of unemployment fraud, according to the Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA). However, some citizens take issue with a last minute move by state lawmakers concerning money from that fund. Governor Rick Snyder has approved transferring $10 million dollars from the contingent fund to the General Fund, in order to balance the state’s budget.         John Wirtz, 28, had to fight to clear his […]

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    Michigan man killed in hit and run in Indiana

    ELKHART CO., IN. — Sabrina Hershberger said her brother, Tim Mabry, made holidays special. However, a hit and run accident ended his life just three days before Christmas. The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office said the Cass County man was walking along a rural road when a pickup truck passed a newspaper delivery vehicle, hit Mabry and kept going. “He was just going to work,” Hershberger said. William Smith, Mabry’s brother said, “That’s what made me mad. Not that he hit him […]