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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
  • “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 […]

  • Cancer survivor crocheting thousands of hats for young patients

    WYOMING, Mich., —  Rachel Rincones has been using her passion for crocheting to pay it forward to kids fighting cancer and their families with the group Michigan Crochet for Cancer. Over the past two years, she has crafted thousands of hats that have been donated to the Ronald McDonald House. “As far as we know, they love them,” Rincones told FOX 17 News. “I know what it’s like to have cancer… I know the kids need them. Your head gets […]

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    3 sons, 1 rare disease: Holland family fighting multiple cases of FSGS

    HOLLAND, Mich., — AJ and Jessica Brann never knew how strong they were, until being strong was the only choice they had. They’ve lost a son to a rare kidney disease called Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) and currently have another diagnosed with the same condition. Their youngest son at one and a half years old has also begun to show early signs of the disease. “We were kind of in denial at first, telling ourselves that it was just allergies. That […]

  • World War II veteran continues to serve with unique ‘card ministry’

    HOLLAND, Mich., — Ruth Gladden sends out a lot of mail. For more than a decade, she has run a card ministry that reaches hundreds of people each year. The 92-year-old is a Navy veteran who served during World War II. She continues to serve her community with her efforts, despite suffering from macular degeneration and being legally blind. With the help of a special machine she calls her “seeing eye” that magnifies images, she personally picks and addresses the […]

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    ‘Person of the Year’ named at Pay It Forward Awards Gala

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — We’ve shared their inspiring stories on the air, but Thursday FOX 17 teamed up with Amway and the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids  to honor all the 2014 Pay It Forward Persons of the Month/ The first Pay It Forward Awards Gala was held at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.  During the program, Nancy Johnson, the May Person of the Month, was named as the Pay It Forward Person of the Year. Johnson launched […]

  • ‘Shaggy’ dog continues to evade capture in Kent County

    KENT COUNTY, Mich., — He’s been spotted in several neighborhoods in the Forest Hills area for months. Multiple people have been able to catch the large brown dog nicknamed “Shaggy” on camera, but so far, Kent County Animal Control officers have not been able to capture him. The dog, believed to be a Newfoundland mix between the ages of 1-5 is not aggressive. It’s not clear where he came from or how long he has been surviving on his own. […]

  • FOX 17, Amway teaming up to host Pay it Forward Awards Gala

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., — They’ve inspired their communities and made a difference in West Michigan. Thursday, FOX 17 is teaming up with Amway and the Amway Hotel Corporation to honor all the extraordinary people recognized as ‘Pay it Forward Persons of the Month’ last year. The first Pay it Forward Awards Gala is an invite-only event that will be held Thursday afternoon at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.  During the program, one lucky winner will also be chosen as the […]

  • ‘Roofsit 4 Warmth': Two guys camp on Ionia restaurant for good cause

    IONIA, Mich., — Chris Jammer and Eric Geister have been calling the roof of Olivera’s Sports Pub and Grill on Dexter Street home since Wednesday at 11 a.m. The pair plans to stay there until Friday at 6 p.m. to raise money and awareness for families struggling to stay warm this winter. The first annual “Roofsit 4 Warmth” will benefit non-profit EightCAP, Inc. and its 10th annual “Walk for Warmth” on February 28. The group helps residents to stay warm […]