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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
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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 […]

  • Woman creates charity to ‘Sow Hope’ to women in third world countries

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., — Mary Dailey Brown has a slew of photographs and pages in her passport documenting her extensive travels. She also has an incredible feeling of accomplishment knowing that her numerous trips are helping thousands of women and children living in extreme poverty in third world countries. “I just feel like they need some help,” explained Brown. “I’d like to let the rest of my life be dedicated to sort of making their lot in life better.” Brown, […]

  • Rocker working to give kids fighting cancer ‘star treatment’

    GRANDVILLE, Mich. — After years of touring and performing, Pop Evil’s bass player Matt DiRito is using his celebrity status to make a difference. Last year, DiRito launched a non-profit called Star Treatments, to help kids battling cancer feel like ‘rock stars’. “I always thought growing up, why not do something good with that?” DiRito told FOX 17 News. “You’ve got all the attention on you, why not use it for something good? So now, I’m finally getting the chance to do some […]

  • ‘She’s like an angel:’ Woman runs free meal program, food pantry to help hungry in Belding

    BELDING, Mich., — Julie Rodts always knew she would be doing something to help the hungry one day. She can recall growing up amid domestic violence, often hungry for her next meal. “I knew how it was to go to bed hungry and scared,” Rodts told FOX 17 News. “I always knew that if I could help somebody, someday, that’s what I was going to do.” After seeing the need in her community, Rodts partnered with God’s Kitchen in Grand […]

  • Rockford family to bike 300 miles for Haitian orphans

    ROCKFORD, Mich. — For the sixth year in a row, the Van Berkel family is forgoing a family trip to raise funds to help orphans in Haiti. The annual H.I.S. Home for Children charity bike ride will begin on Monday June 22nd, and end in Harrod, Ohio on June 27th. Geoff Van Berkel and his wife began organizing the ride in the spring of 2009 as they underwent the process of adopting two baby girls from Haiti. The girls were […]

  • 11-year-old Spring Lake girl raising thousands for Make-A-Wish

    SPRING LAKE, Mich., — For the past two years, 11-year-old Aubrey Cohoon has asked for donations to Make-A-Wish, instead of presents on her birthday. Her efforts to help the charity grant wishes to children and teens with life-threatening illnesses now span year round. “It just keeps getting bigger and bigger,” explained Matt Cohoon, Aubrey’s dad. “She has doubled her goal for the year and it looks like by the end of the year she will probably be close to $15,000 […]

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    ‘I get to be the person that I feel I am’ — Transgender man opens up about his transition

    OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. — 2015 is shaping up to be the biggest year of Jay Morgan’s life. In late January, the 20-year-old made the decision to begin transitioning from female to male. “When I was born, I was assigned a gender, and it’s not what I am,” explained Morgan. “Inside, I’ve always felt like I’m a guy, but I haven’t been able to express that to people because it’s such a taboo topic.” Jay was born “Jazmin.” He recalls feeling […]

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    10 years later, Ferrysburg girl still thriving after triple organ transplant

    FERRYSBURG, Mich., — Next month, Jasmine Dombroswki will turn twelve, but she is already celebrating another special milestone. Ten years ago, the fifth-grader underwent triple organ transplant surgery, receiving a new liver, small bowel and pancreas. “Chances of getting that, just aren’t good. Being able to get all three of them for an infant, that would fit her as well and her blood type…But it worked, so we got really lucky,” said Stacy Allen, Jasmine’s mother. “Now it’s 10 years […]