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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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    Man determined to make dying grandmother’s last Christmas ‘extraordinary’

    COMSTOCK TOWNSHIP, Mich., — Tylor Westra has just one wish this holiday season: to give his grandmother, Phyllis Tucker, the best Christmas yet. Tucker is in the end stages of lung cancer and fighting a host of other medical issues.  The 73-year-old has been placed under hospice care in the home she shares with Westra in Comstock Township. “Basically, the writing is on the wall,” Westra told FOX 17 News. “Being my grandmother, if this is going to be [her […]

  • Detailing business donates ‘military makeover’ to Muskegon veteran and his vehicle

    GRAND RAPIDS, MICH.,–  As people around the country recognized Veterans Day this week, an auto detailing shop in Grand Rapids chose a unique way to show their gratitude. For the first time, Great Lakes Chemical decided to hold a “military makeover” contest to give back to a West Michigan veteran. The prize, an appearance protection package valued over $2,000 dollars, was given away on Veterans Day. “This is just a small prize that we can actually give to a special […]

  • ‘Bride School’ being held in Grand Rapids this weekend

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., — Planning a wedding can be overwhelming. That’s where a new wedding planning event, called the “Bride School Workshop” comes in. The day long workshop for the newly engaged features a variety of classes held by vendors, or “professors,” offering helpful tips on how to plan your big day within your budget. Bride School will be held November 8 in Grand Rapids from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. at Arrae Photography Studio, 240 Front Avenue SW #204. […]

  • Reason to “Bree-Lieve”: Greenville girl continues to beat the odds

    GREENVILLE, Mich., — Looking at Bree Town these days, it’s hard to believe how far she’s come in just a year. Last November, the 11-year-old received the devastating news that her acute myeloid leukemia (AML) had returned and that she needed a bone marrow transplant to survive.  After hundreds turned out for community bone marrow drives around West Michigan, Bree and her family learned the perfect match had been found overseas. Her donor, an unidentified man in his early 20′s […]

  • Woman helping homeless by creating ‘care kits’, in midst of personal health battle

    ROCKFORD, Mich. — Shanee Laurent is Amway’s October Pay it Forward Person of the Month. A year after being diagnosed with breast cancer, Laurent is continuing treatment to beat the disease while finding the time to help the homeless in West Michigan. The working wife and mother has launched a drive, collecting new and used backpacks, along with food, personal care items and winter gear. She plans to use the donations to create “homeless care kits” that will be distributed […]

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    ‘Operation End Zone’: Teen’s dream of playing football will come true this weekend

    COOPERSVILLE, Mich. —  After spending years watching games and sitting on the sidelines, 13-year-old BJ Young will finally have the opportunity to take the field in his first ever football game Saturday. Young, who suffers from Mitochondrial disease, was never expected to be able to run, much less catch a football in his lifetime. “He’s very tough, very stubborn,” explained Duane Young, BJ’s dad. “From day one, he wasn’t supposed to stay awake and he started staying awake. He wasn’t […]

  • Move over growler: Hudsonville brewery brings “crowlers” to West MI

    HUDSONVILLE, Mich., — It’s more than a can, but less than a growler: meet the crowler! White Flame Brewing Company in Hudsonville is now selling the 32 oz. cans of your favorite craft brews. The brewery, which opened in January 2012, hopes the addition of a crowler machine will take business to the next level. “I think it’s a great thing that will attract people to come here,” owner Bill White told FOX 17 News. “Not only do we have […]

  • ‘I’d do it over again’: Officer speaks out about giving mom car seat, instead of ticket

    EMMETT TOWNSHIP, Mich.– Emmett Township Public Safety Officer Ben Hall has gained a lot of attention after a traffic stop last Friday. While responding to a call of a child riding in a vehicle unsecured in a car seat, he met young mom Alexis DeLorenzo and her 5-year-old daughter. “When I spoke to [DeLorenzo], she was very forthcoming and knew that the child should be in a booster seat,” Officer Hall told FOX 17 News. “She admitted that she was […]

  • Caught on camera: GRPD officer rescues young deer

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., — Grand Rapids Police Officer Ryan Bruggink is earning major kudos online after rescuing a deer in distress. A clip of the officer rescuing the young button buck from the softball diamond at Plaster Creek Park is garnering hundreds of “likes” and making the rounds on Facebook. Officer Bruggink, who’s been a part of the department for about five months, responded to the scene Wednesday, along with his training officer, Officer Josh Mollan. “Basically the deer kept […]