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 was the right thing to do’: GR stylist donates kidney to client on transplant list

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., — Years after Jud Lynch first sat in Becky Richard’s chair at Eastown Salon for a haircut, the two sat in nearby rooms at Saint Mary’s Hospital this week, after Richard donated her kidney to him. Both underwent successful surgeries on January 25th. “Becky is very kind and gentle and loving person, I knew that from the day I met her,” Lynch told FOX 17 News. “It’s such an altruistic thing to do something like this. And […]

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    FOX 17, Ford Airport team up to ‘pay it forward’ and celebrate passenger record

      GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., — Gerald R. Ford International Airport set a new all-time passenger record in 2015, with 2,550,193 passengers. To celebrate, airport staff asked FOX 17 to take part in an afternoon of surprise giveaways to mark the milestone. FOX 17’s Janice Allen helped hand out Amazon and Starbucks gift cards to passengers Friday. Workers at GFIA also surprised several families by paying for their parking. The following information was provided by Gerald R. Ford Airport: Grand Rapids, […]

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    ‘Manna Meals’ helping to attack childhood hunger in Allendale

    ALLENDALE, Mich.,– Diane Westrick knew children were going to bed hungry in her community and wanted to do something about. “I think it’s just so prevalent all over. No matter what community you’re in, you have childhood hunger,” said Westrick. “There’s a lot of things that we can’t do much about, or me as a stay-at-home mom, I didn’t feel like I could do big things, but I can feed kids. So I do.” Westrick created Manna Ministries, a group […]

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    40 years of helping families at Christmas: Meet the woman behind ‘Santa’s Helper’

    BATTLE CREEK, Mich., — Darlene Williams is a lot like Santa. Every year, she makes a list and checks it twice. And she’s been busy the past few months, working to make sure the holiday season is “merry” for as many people as possible. “I don’t get paid, the Lord signs my paycheck,” said Williams. “It means the world to me. It’s my heart, my soul and my passion.” Williams, 74, has spent more than half her life helping families […]

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    Girl’s ‘Warm Heart Donation Drive’ aims to help homeless stay warm this winter

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., — An eight-year-old girl wants to give a special gift to the homeless in Grand Rapids this holiday season. Addy Robinson was inspired to collect winter gear to give away, after seeing people on the streets recently. “I first started thinking of this when we would always go to the hospital to see my grandpa and there would be homeless people on the side of the road,” she told FOX 17 News. “I said ‘Mom, can we […]

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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 […]