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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    ‘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 […]

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    Break in 32-year-old cold case in Kalamazoo County

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — More than three decades after the body of Erik Cross, 16, was found lying on Y Avenue near his home in Vicksburg, police say new evidence is moving the investigation forward. New information recently revealed has led to a person of interest who is currently in the Kalamazoo County Jail on unrelated charges, according to Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Paul Matyas. Cross was found dead the morning of June 26, 1983. Investigators say he had attended a party […]

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    ‘Godsend’ neighbor helps man regain his sight, independence

    BELMONT, Mich.,– They were two residents in the same retirement community for years without even knowing it. Now, Frank Passmore and Dawn Sagryn are not only neighbors, but friends for life. “I wish there were more people like her,” Passmore told FOX 17 News. The pair met last fall when Passmore moved to the first floor of River Grove, just a few doors down from Sagryn. “Just got to chit chatting,” explained Sagryn. “He said that he had the beginnings of cataracts, […]

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    Helping with horses: Roanoke Ranch aims to impact at-risk kids

    LOWELL. Mich.,– Aaron Decker says horses have helped save his life. It’s part of the reason he decided to create Roanoke Ranch more than thirteen years go. The faith-based non-profit works with at-risk youth to build self-esteem, hope and confidence by working with horses. “[A horse] helped bring me back to center and that’s why I’m still here,” Decker told FOX 17 News. “I think Winston Churchill said it best, there’s something about the outside of a horse, that’s good […]

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    ‘There was a need’: Battle Creek pastor creates ministry to feed the hungry

    BATTLE CREEK, Mich., — Pastor William Stein believes in practicing what he preaches. “John 21:17, Jesus Christ said ‘feed my sheep’…We’re supposed to get out here and fulfill our ministry,” Stein told FOX 17 News. Led by his faith and desire to help others, Pastor Stein founded God’s Kitchen Battle Creek. When it first opened its doors in 2011, the soup kitchen fed hundreds of people, operating five days a week. “There was a need for the program,” he explained. […]

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    Spring Lake girl, auto business team up to raise thousands for Make-A-Wish

    SPRING LAKE, Mich. — When Steve Dekkenga, the owner of SD Enterprises, decided to organize a car show, he knew he wanted to use the event to pay it forward. “We didn’t want to have a regular car show, so we decided to call it a Car Show for a Cause, explained Dekkenga. “Decided that we needed to have something special.” The auto shop, which specializes in the custom airbrush and painting of high end drag race cars, will host anywhere […]

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    5-year-old fighting leukemia issues challenge to Crayola

    GRANDVILLE, Mich., — Dawson Babiak loves to draw and create art with anything Crayola. The 5-year-old, who was diagnosed with leukemia last November, recently made a huge donation of Crayola products to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids. “We wanted to do something to help others,” explained Alison Babiak, Dawson’s mother. “We decided to do the ‘Crayola Challenge’ and put it out there on our Facebook page.” The challenge asked supporters to donate Crayola products, to not only raise […]