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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
  • ‘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 […]

  • Caught on camera: Motorcyclist unleashes ‘road rage’ on bicyclists in GR

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., – A video confrontation between a man on a motorcycle and a bicyclist is making the rounds on Reddit. Friends Greg Newland and Kent Sinclair were biking along Cherry Street Wednesday when they witnessed the altercation. “We hear honking, beeping and he’s yelling get off the road, get off the road,” Newland told FOX 17 News. “I’m in the shared bike lane and it has painted chevrons on it, so we’re all the way on the right […]

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    Hudsonville shop, community pulling together to get bike for Princess Sadie

    HUDSONVILLE, Mich. — The dream of family bike rides this summer is picking up speed for the Beute family in Allendale, but they still need one special bike for their special little girl. Sadie, 5, who was adopted from Ghana when she was just 18 months old, will need a specialized adaptive bicycle called a Duet Wheelchair Tandem Bicycle. The cost is around $7,000. The bike includes a removable wheelchair and is propelled by the rider behind the wheelchair. Sadie, […]

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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 […]