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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    Deep fryer dangers and precautions

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and there’s some safety precautions you need to keep in mind if it’s your turn to cook this year’s feast. The Grand Rapids Fire Department held a demonstration using a deep fryer. A firefighter dropped a frozen turkey into it, and a large ball of fire shot up into the air. This could have been a real danger in a real-life scenario. “We over-filled the oil, let it get too hot, and we […]

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    Judge rules text messages are admissible in sex assault case

    OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. — Friday afternoon, Judge Edward Post ruled that questionable text messages from Thomas Galloway’s phone can be used as evidence against him in his upcoming sex assault trial. Galloway, a businessman and former travel team softball coach, is accused of raping a 13-year-old former player in 2012 and again in 2014. The Spring Lake man is charged with first degree criminal sexual conduct. The texts came to light after an off-duty deputy allegedly spotted Galloway at an Allendale restaurant in […]

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    Contractor accused of taking $3,000 deposit and disappearing

    BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Mahogany Smith said when she noticed her roof leaking she called around for a contractor. In August, she said Scott Voag with S & V Handyman Construction in Battle Creek answered the call and gave her the best quote. “He gave me an estimate for $6,000, and so he would need 3,000 to start and 3,000 once he finished,” she said. The Battle Creek resident said Voag draped a tarp as a temporary fix and came back […]

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    Lab results show water quality at mobile home park

    MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. — Greg Asquith said he’s been’s drinking the water at Maple Island Estates mobile home park since 1969. “There’s no odor to the water whatsoever, and it tastes excellent,” Asquith sipped from a glass. But, in 2014, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality took exception with how the park handles raw sewage. Asquith now owns the park and for years, he processed the tenants sewage on-site. The system poured the final product onto park ground. Asquith said, […]

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    Spectrum Health honors veterans with several ceremonies

    EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Every year, Spectrum Health honors all of the men and women who served our country with several ceremonies at its facilities around Grand Rapids. Seth Wolk, president of the Spectrum Health Medical Group said, “Veterans have made a sacrifice that, frankly, very few of us in our society make.” He added, “They keep us safe. They allow us to stay in our bed warm and safe at night when they’re in a distant land. So […]

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    Trump’s election and West Michigan’s Latino community

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — According to exit polling, President-elect Donald Trump garnered more support from Hispanic voters than Mitt Romney did in 2012. Trump’s decisive victory stunned Democrats and Republicans alike. When Robert Torres went to vote, he said, “I was actually looking for someone as inspiring as Abe Lincoln to be on the ballot.” That’s a tall order for any presidential candidate to fill, but Torres said the country needs someone like Lincoln to bring everyone together. “The reality is: […]

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    Walberg wins re-election for 7th congressional district seat

    Southern Mich. — Republican Tim Walberg won his re-election bid for the 7th congressional district seat. The district covers southern Michigan and Walberg has held the seat for four non-consecutive terms. “I had an opportunity to show the people of the 7th district that what I say I will do, and that, while being a conservative I’m willing to work with both sides of the aisle and a wide perspective,” Walberg said. The incumbent defeated democrat Gretchen Driskell and libertarian […]

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    Anonymous viewer donates to brides-to-be after venue files bankruptcy

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Just two days ago, Leslie Austin tearfully expressed her frustration with Grand Volute Ballroom.  The wedding venue filed for bankruptcy without warning in August 2016. That was just a few weeks after she paid the business a $1,000 deposit to secure her wedding date for next summer. She was initially told not to worry but then learned the venue may not be open after the new year and that she still couldn’t get her money back. Mariah […]

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    Mobile home park owner accused of mishandling wastewater

    MUSKEGON CO., Mich. — Contractor Steve Luke claims wastewater is being mishandled at the Maple Island Estates Mobile Home Park in Egelston Township. “I feel bad for the people in the trailer park right now because there’s a large contaminant here,” Luke said. He claimed, “There’s raw sewage. Five-thousand gallons a day since June[is] being pumped behind these trailers.” But park owner Greg Asquith said that’s not true. Asquith has already gotten in trouble with the law and charged for […]