Derek is a graduate of Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Broadcast Journalism. Derek is a two decade veteran of the television news industry. His career began in Phoenix, and included stops in Tennessee and Washington before arriving in West Michigan more than a decade ago. He is a native of St. Louis and split his childhood between St. Louis and New Jersey.
Derek and his wife have two active boys and live in Jenison where he coaches baseball.


Recent Articles
  • Mandatory pitch count rule for HS baseball; Will it prevent arm injuries?

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Michigan is one of 44 states to enact a mandatory pitch count rule for high school baseball pitchers this season. No pitcher is allowed to throw more than 105 pitches in a single day. Once he does, he is required to take at least three days of rest. For example, a pitcher who throws between 76-105 pitches on a Monday, can’t pitch again until Friday at the earliest. This rule is in response to the growing number […]

  • Medical Moment-Treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.- Approximately 4% of Americans have experienced Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, a painful condition in the hand and wrist.  There are several different ways to treat it, some surgical and others non-surgical.  We take a look at how Spectrum Health treats it in this week’s Medical Moment.

  • Festival of Praise tour in Grand Rapids Thursday

    The Festival of Praise tour is in West Michigan Thursday night. The concert starts a 7 p.m. at DeVos Hall in downtown Grand Rapids.  The Gospel concert is made up of six different performers, all on the stage together for the three hour concert.  Tickets start at $35 and go up. For more information, go to Ticketmaster.

  • Zoo admission $5.29 for Save for Education Day

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-This coming Sunday, May 29th or 5/29, admission to John Ball Zoo costs only $5.29.  John Ball Zoo is partnering with Edward Jones this holiday weekend to offer discounted Zoo admission in honor of 529 college savings plans.  Greg Flick with Edwards Jones and Jen Conley from the zoo explained the deal Friday morning and also brought a guest along with them on the Fox 17 morning news.

  • Making local teachers leaders

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-At her State of the Schools address in April, Grand Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Teresa Weatherall-Neal said one goal is to help leaders in the school district “be the best” leaders they can be.  Five  schools in West Michigan are half way into a four-year commitment to do just that, thanks to a generous $2-million donation from the Steelcase Foundation and Ed Trust Midwest. Stocking Elementary and Sibley Elementary in the Grand Rapids District and Wyoming Intermediate, Parkview […]

  • Fit on Fox-Mixing up your routine to progress in the gym

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-When the average person thinks of progress in the gym, they often think about more reps, more sets or maybe more weight added to their workout.  But Friday on Fox 17 Midday, Brian Reimersma from Snap Fitness explained many times the best way to progress in the gym is to mix things up and go outside of your regular routine.    

  • The benefits of learning cursive

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – How often do you use cursive?  Probably not as often as you once did. The belief is that cursive started fading away once home computers became common. Since computers print letters, it is a more common style for the younger generation to read.  But according to some studies, cursive writing has benefits that should have more people using it. “They have found a connection between learning cursive and some brain development in areas of literacy and […]

  • Teacher transparency: Does Michigan fall short?

    Have you ever tried to learn anything about your child’s teacher? If so, you have probably found it’s not easy in Michigan.

  • Best ways to keep your child from spending too much time with their screen

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Is your child spending too much time on their smart phone, iPod, tablet, or video games?  If so, they’re not alone.  Research shows teenagers spend on average 6 ½ hours per day staring at screens and that doesn’t include time in school. Dr. Delaney Rustin, a Stanford-trained physician and mother of two, recently produced a documentary, “Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age”.  The film delves into her own family dilemma of whether to get her teenage […]