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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.

Recent Articles
  • Pay It Forward Person of the Year

    ‘Person of the Year’ named at Pay it Forward Awards Gala

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., — We’ve shared their inspiring stories on-air, but Thursday FOX 17 teamed up with Amway and the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel to honor all the 2014 ‘Pay it Forward Persons of the Month’. The first Pay it Forward Awards Gala was held at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.  During the program, Nancy Johnson, the May Person of the Month, was named as the Pay it Forward Person of the Year. Johnson launched a take home food program […]

  • ‘Shaggy’ dog continues to evade capture in Kent County

    KENT COUNTY, Mich., — He’s been spotted in several neighborhoods in the Forest Hills area for months. Multiple people have been able to catch the large brown dog nicknamed “Shaggy” on camera, but so far, Kent County Animal Control officers have not been able to capture him. The dog, believed to be a Newfoundland mix between the ages of 1-5 is not aggressive. It’s not clear where he came from or how long he has been surviving on his own. […]

  • FOX 17, Amway teaming up to host Pay it Forward Awards Gala

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., — They’ve inspired their communities and made a difference in West Michigan. Thursday, FOX 17 is teaming up with Amway and the Amway Hotel Corporation to honor all the extraordinary people recognized as ‘Pay it Forward Persons of the Month’ last year. The first Pay it Forward Awards Gala is an invite-only event that will be held Thursday afternoon at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.  During the program, one lucky winner will also be chosen as the […]

  • ‘Roofsit 4 Warmth': Two guys camp on Ionia restaurant for good cause

    IONIA, Mich., — Chris Jammer and Eric Geister have been calling the roof of Olivera’s Sports Pub and Grill on Dexter Street home since Wednesday at 11 a.m. The pair plans to stay there until Friday at 6 p.m. to raise money and awareness for families struggling to stay warm this winter. The first annual “Roofsit 4 Warmth” will benefit non-profit EightCAP, Inc. and its 10th annual “Walk for Warmth” on February 28. The group helps residents to stay warm […]

  • ‘Happy Hatter’ Hat Drive: Collecting caps for young cancer patients

    GRAND RAPIDS,  Mich. — More than 1,200 hats have taken over the office of Integrated Architecture (IA) this month. The hats, all brand new and donated, are going to benefit young cancer patients at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital as part of the “Happy Hatter” Hat Drive. The special campaign was created by Darrel DeHaan, a Senior Project Manager at IA. He wanted a way to pay tribute to his son, while helping other kids fighting cancer. Cooper DeHaan, 5, passed away in […]

  • GR comedian’s non-profit gets $10K boost from Stephen Colbert

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., — Bart Sumner knows how powerful laughter can be when it comes to healing after the loss of a loved one. The longtime comedian/actor lost his 10-year-old son David to a traumatic brain injury during football practice in 2009. In 2012, he started Healing Improv, a non-profit that offers workshops to help people cope with grief. “It gives them permission to laugh again, gets them moving and talking to other people, relieves stress,” Sumner told FOX 17 […]

  • Dad and Daughter Team Up To Help Troubled Teens

    ALLENDALE, Mich. — Patrick Adams admits that he was once a troubled teenager himself. Now, his passion is helping other at-risk teens through his special camp called Remembrance Ranch. “For me, I know there are possibilities for these kids to be able to succeed,” Adams told FOX 17 News. “Growing up, I had went through a lot of the same issues that these kids are dealing with.” Adams credits a summer camp he attended every year for introducing him to […]

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    “He will always be my hero”: After several bouts, Muskegon boy loses battle with cancer

    MUSKEGON, Mich., — After two years of fighting cancer several times, 5-year-old Oscar Broca III has died. Family members tell FOX 17 the boy passed away Thursday morning. In recent weeks, he had been allowed to leave Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital to return home and spend Christmas with his family. We first featured Oscar last month, shortly after his family received the devastating news that the disease was back and his condition was terminal. Amanda Pastor, Oscar’s mother, said Oscar […]

  • Man makes season “bright” for community, kids in need with spectacular light show

    GOWEN, Mich.,–  David White is Amway’s December Pay it Forward Person of the Month. For five years, White has created and operated a breathtaking holiday light show to bring smiles to people across West Michigan, while raising money for charity. Dubbed White’s Winter Wonderland, thousands have made the drive to his Gowen home located at 14181 Macclain Street. “It’s our Christmas gift to the community,” said White. “Every year, we get a little bigger, a little bigger and bigger.” White […]