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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.

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    75-year-old volunteer greeter brightens spirits, lives of cancer patients in West Michigan

      KALAMAZOO, Mich., — Thursdays are extra special for Robert Bos. For the past six years, he’s been volunteering every Thursday morning at West Michigan Cancer Center (WMCC), a place he calls his “home away from home.” “I literally get up on Thursday with enthusiasm. I can’t wait to get to work and see my patients,” Bos told FOX 17 News. “It’s family. It’s like seeing all family.” Bos recalls taking his wife to WMCC as a patient for more than […]

  • Kentwood family sharing story of their ‘miracle baby’ as advocates for March of Dimes

    KENTWOOD, Mich., — Nadia and Brandan Kimble have an incredible story to tell about how their son, Brandan Kimble Jr., entered the world. Born at just 22 weeks and weighing less than a pound, the Kimbles say their son is proof that “miracles do happen” and that the work the March of Dimes does is vital. The organization funds research and programs in the fight to end premature births and birth defects, while promoting the health of babies everywhere. The […]

  • Army vet launches ’22 push up challenge’ to help fellow veterans

    WYOMING, Mich., — Like the “Ice Bucket Challenge” for ALS that flooded social media last year, Nate Koehn is hoping to make a splash for another serious cause.  Koehn, who served in the U.S. Army for 12 years, has launched the 22 Veterans Daily Challenge. “I started thinking  to myself, what can I do here in Michigan to kind of get the word out. I started the challenge… but just with push ups. If you’re challenged, just like the ice […]

  • Dash cam video: Police chase ends with teen crashing into pond

    PORTAGE, Mich. — Officers had to fish a teenage suspect out of a retention pond, after he led police on a chase and wrecked his dirt bike in the pond, police say. It all started on Wednesday night at around 11:30 p.m. when police saw a guy on a dirt bike riding recklessly: jumping curbs and going through the front yards of businesses along Portage Road. Officers tried to stop him, but the suspect hid behind a business.  Police remained […]

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    Woman re-opens free clothing store following son’s accident

    FREEPORT. Mich., — After months of being shut down, “Kim’s Kubbyhole” is back open to those in need in West Michigan. Becky Callihan created the free store four years ago as a resource for foster families. Now, dozens of racks of clothes and accessories have taken over her garage in a true store-like setting. “People like free,” Callihan told FOX 17 News. “It’s cool to see people come, and it’s helping.” Callihan was forced to close the store this summer, […]

  • Rockford ‘Interact’ students helping solve world water crisis

    ROCKFORD, Mich., — Some students at Rockford High School are getting a hands on lesson about the world and the importance of giving back. They’re members of the school’s “Interact” club, which is focused on ways to help those in need of clean water. “It’s basically community service, so our motto is service before self,” explained Kelly Gardner, teacher and coordinator for Interact. “Kids here in Rockford are fortunate and they don’t see a lot of the different things that […]

  • ‘Best Prom Ever’ — Sparta Special Ed students plan big dance for teens, adults with disabilities

    SPARTA, Mich. — Since 2004, Renne Wyman’s special education students at Sparta High School have taken on a unique class project. Dubbed the “Best Prom Ever”, the class takes on every last detail of organizing and planning a prom for teens and adults with disabilities. “There’s a lot of people who really enjoy it,” said student organizer Rachel Brott. “And, I can see that they’ve never had this before. It’s the time of their life and so is it mine.” […]

  • “He’s got his guns out”: Troubling 911 call made before Wyoming officer-involved shooting

    WYOMING, Mich., — Less than a month after a Wyoming Department of Public Safety officer was shot in the line of duty, FOX 17 has obtained the 911 call made by the wife of the man who opened fire at officers outside his home on Himes Street on January 29th. Nicole James spoke with a dispatcher for 15 minutes, trying to seek help after days of heavy drinking with her husband, 31-year-old Alan James. “We’ve both been drinking heavily and […]

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    ‘Upward Spiral': Iraq war veteran runs for 24 hours to fight depression, bullying

    ALLEGAN, Mich., — Adele Garcia knows what it’s like to try to run away from issues that are unavoidable. The mother of two was deployed to Iraq with her National Guard unit shortly after 9/11. When she returned a year later, she said she was fighting depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). After trying to resume her normal schedule, Garcia realized she needed to seek professional help. “I think I was in denial,” Garcia told FOX 17 News. “I […]