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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    Local woman honored in Michelle Obama’s final speech as FLOTUS

    WASHINGTON D.C. — Local counselor Terri Tchorzynski earned some national recognition Friday. She was invited to the White House to be honored as the 2017 High School Counselor of the Year. Tchorzynski works at the Calhoun Area Career Center in Battle Creek. In a room full of her peers, she talked about why she loves her job and the impact she has on helping students figure out their next steps after graduation. First Lady Michelle Obama praised Tchorzynski for her […]

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    Kids’ Food Basket: Woman’s fight to end childhood hunger still going strong

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., — Mary K. Hoodhood is the first person to tell you that anyone can make a difference. “You’re only as limited as the limits you put on yourself,” she told FOX 17 News. “Whether I was injured or not, I’d be doing the same thing I am today.” Hoodhood is a quadriplegic as a result of a crash in 1980. She is also the founder of the wildly successful organization, Kids’ Food Basket. “I can’t sleep at […]

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    From homeless to helping homeless students: Mother making ‘impact’ in Grand Haven

    GRAND HAVEN, Mich., — When Lisa Cober found herself homeless a few years go, she also found the inspiration to help hundreds of homeless students in Ottawa County. “We left literally with backpacks, and bags full of clothes and that was it,” she said. “It was kind of one of those situations where it’s eye-opening.” Now back on her feet, she’s been working quietly behind the scenes, using her own money to buy and collect basic hygiene items and backpacks […]

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    ‘Breast Cancer Champions’: Woman using her fight to inspire others with disease

    KENT COUNTY, Mich., — Michelle Haner has no choice but to fight. The 56-year-old retired nurse and veteran has been fighting since she was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer in 2012. “At that point in my life, it was, are you going to fight this? What are you going to do?”, she she told FOX 17 News. “I had a purpose, and that was to help people.” As Haner began treatment, she came up with an idea on how […]

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    Mother of 6 using Facebook to ‘share’ giving spirit in Barry County

    BARRY COUNTY, Mich., — While a lot of people use Facebook to keep up with family and friends, Stephanie Repp is using the site to change strangers’ lives for the better. “That’s just who I am. I have to help people,” Repp told FOX 17. “One person can make a difference.” Repp, a busy mother of six children working nine part-time jobs, has been known to help the homeless in the community for years. A few months ago, she found […]

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    ‘We never expect a reward like this’: Couple behind Lori’s Voice wins van

    PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Dave and Lori Hastings are used to helping the families of children with special needs get new vans. Tuesday, they were on the receiving end, as they were awarded a brand new wheelchair accessible van. “We are pretty excited about it. It is just one of those opportunities for us to continue doing what we do,” Dave Hastings told FOX 17 News. “Kind of paves a road for us to continue to keep doing what we […]

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    ‘Superhero’ salutes 5-time cancer fighter in special birthday video

    ALLEGAN COUNTY, Mich., — Dustan Colyer celebrated his 22nd birthday this weekend, with some help from Captain America. Friends surprised Colyer, who’s fighting cancer for the fifth time, with a special message filmed by actor Chris Evans. During the two-minute video, the actor gives props to Colyer for his strength, and also threw his support behind Colyer’s organization, “DC Strong”. “Your resilience, your strength, your bravery, your courage… I’ve never had to go through something like you’ve gone through, and […]

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    ‘My Team Triumph’ — Man helps people with disabilities get in the race

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., – Terence Reuben found the inspiration to help people with disabilities while training for an Ironman competition to mark his 40th birthday. “When you run, you really get to experience the outdoors,” Reuben told FOX 17 News. “Someone with a disability may never get to experience that.” Reuben, a physical therapist and the Director of Sports Medicine at Metro Health, took his ideas and collaborated with a handful of others who wanted to accomplish the same thing. […]

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    ‘I believe in giving back’: Longtime Lions Club member, veteran continues to serve West Michigan

    SPRING LAKE, Mich. — Jack Gardner makes quite an impression when he’s out in the community giving back. The 84-year-old Korean War veteran stands out, with his handlebar mustache and heavily decorated Lions Club vest. Gardner helped found the Spring Lake chapter of the Lions Club, the world’s largest service organization. Over the years, he’s been awarded a pin for each different community service activity in which he has participated. He wears them all on his club vest as badges […]