Ever since I was little, I knew I wanted to be on TV– I just didn’t know what I’d be doing in front of the camera. Between my gift of gab and love of always being “in the know”, I think I found the perfect gig telling stories and keeping West Michigan viewers informed as the 10 &11pm anchor at FOX 17.

What I love about journalism is you never know what to expect and what the day will bring. From covering major breaking news like the Enbridge oil spill and Rodrick Dantzler’s deadly rampage, to covering the campaign trail and even the 2008 inauguration, I’ve been lucky enough to chalk up some pretty cool experiences.

One of the best parts of my job, is finding and bringing you “good news”, the stories of people in our West Michigan that are paying it forward and asking for nothing in return. Their stories inspire me and I love being able to share them with viewers every week.

After working in Indiana, I’m happy to be here in West Michigan and still close to my family in Chicago. I can’t get enough of “Pure Michigan”, no matter what season it is (Even though I’m not the biggest fan of winter). When I’m not at FOX 17, you might catch me taking in the sights downtown or at the lakeshore, working out, or trying out the next new restaurant in town.

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    ‘It’s just being a cheerleader’: Man devotes most of his time to help kids with special needs

    ADA, Mich., — Rick Ayotte never seems to have trouble finding the time to make an impact on the lives of others. “For a long time, I knew there was more I could do,” Ayotte told FOX 17 News. “I knew there was another reason for me to be here.” Since changing careers three years ago, Ayotte said it’s been his “calling” to do more to give back and help the special needs community in West Michigan. His volunteer efforts […]

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    ‘It really is a miracle’: Belding dad grateful to be tumor-free this Thanksgiving

    BELDING, Mich., — As people across the country pause to give thanks Thursday, Ryan Ball is most thankful for getting a second chance at life. The young father of two is back at home, just weeks after undergoing a successful surgery in Texas to remove a rare tumor on his brain stem. “It’s amazing,” Ball told FOX 17 News. “It’s a miracle. It really is a miracle.” FOX 17 first featured Ball and his family as he prepared to leave […]

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    Kalamazoo couple joins thousands of others using ‘GoFundMe’ to start a family

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — If you use social media, chances are you’ve come across a GoFundMe campaign. The crowdfunding website, touted as the world’s number one personal fundraising site, is used to raise money for everything from medical bills to funerals to weddings and honeymoons. Participants sign up to create a campaign, sharing photos and their story to explain the cause they’re seeking money for. Campaigns are then shared online with friends, family and complete strangers. Thousands of couples are also […]

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    Woman transforms wedding dresses into baby burial gowns in honor of late niece

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., — More than a decade after losing her niece, Judy Fields has launched a special effort in her honor aimed at helping other parents who lose a baby. She’s created Abigail’s Attic, a group that transforms donated wedding dresses into baby burial gowns. “When you lose a baby, you’re in shock. You’re not planning for that,” explained Fields. “You’re planning for a newborn, healthy baby…I just want our group to help out, and you know, give them […]

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    Two friends sewing together quilts for veterans, various charities

    ALLEGAN, Mich., — Sharon JagerĀ and Florence Hitchcock make quite the team. The two women work together and sew together. For years, they’ve been creating handmade quilts to donate to veterans, mothers in need and abused women in West Michigan. “I love doing it. I love to see their faces,” explained Hitchcock. “They’re so appreciative, and when they send us pictures afterward, that really makes a big difference. I love it.” The two have become good friends over the years, quilting […]

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    Battle Creek boy on mission to help victims of domestic abuse ‘until violence stops’

    BATTLE CREEK, Mich., — Izaak Oldenburg may be young, but he knows how important it is to put an end to domestic violence. Since the age of three, he’s been raising money and awareness to help victims of domestic abuse, by taking part in a fundraiser called “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes”. The event benefits area shelter S.A.F.E. Place. “At first, I just thought, oh here’s a family with a young son and they’re here to support S.A.F.E.Place, and […]

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    ‘They got it all!’ — Belding dad’s entire brain tumor successfully removed by Texas doctor

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., — Brittany Lanning has been waiting for this day for a long time. Wednesday, she learned doctors were able to completely remove the tumor on her fiance’s brain, essentially giving him a second chance at life. FOX 17 first featured the couple last week, as they prepared to fly to Houston for the procedure. Lanning’s fiance, Ryan Ball, had previously undergone surgery and radiation in West Michigan. After Ball learned doctors were able to only remove about […]

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    Vicksburg boy using birthday to help benefit animals

    VICKSBURG, Mich. — Morgan Wood has always had a heart for animals. It’s why he’s decided to use his birthday the past three years to ask for donations to a Kalamazoo animal shelter instead of receiving gifts. “I think I have enough toys so far,” he explained to FOX 17 News. “Animals don’t have enough toys and food and water and nice things, so I asked my friends on my birthday to come, and, instead of getting me presents, to […]

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    Belding father fighting brain cancer to undergo surgery in Texas

    BELDING, Mich., — Ryan Ball proposed to the love of his life four years ago, but then everything changed. The couple welcomed two children, a boy and a girl, and learned Ball had a brain tumor. After undergoing one surgery where doctors were able to remove about 50 percent of the tumor, Ball believed he was out of the woods. But soon, his symptoms returned and worsened. Ball said doctors in West Michigan told him there was nothing they could […]