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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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    ‘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 […]

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    ‘I would do it again’ — Woman, 31, talks donating her kidney to mother-in-law

    NORTON SHORES, Mich. — A week after donating a kidney to her mother-in-law, Abbey Sladick is at home recovering, thankful for a successful surgery at Mercy Health Saint Marys. “I know each day I’ll get stronger and seeing [my mother-in-law] Cheryl get stronger is an inspiration,” she told FOX 17 News. The two women saw each other Tuesday for the first time since leaving the hospital. “[It’s] like night and day,” said Sladick. “She looks amazing. It’s just wonderful to […]

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    Stranger’s kindness at Whitecaps game leaves family in tears

    COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. — Something special happened at the Whitecaps’ Annual Breast Cancer Awareness night on Thursday. A family from Joliet, Illinois was in the stands. They were captivated by the pink jerseys; and in particular, the jersey that first basemen Will Maddox wore– #11. “[My son Nick] said ‘Mom, that’s Madison’s number and Madison’s color,'” explained Tina Frost. Frost said her daughter Madison, 8, passed away after a tragic car accident two and a half years ago. She loved the […]

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    ‘I just knew it was meant to be:’ Newlywed to donate kidney to mother-in-law

    NORTON SHORES. Mich. — Last month, Abbey Sladick was celebrating her one year wedding anniversary. This month, her mother-in-law is celebrating that her son found a perfect match- literally. Unbeknownst to Neil Sladick, when he found the love of his life, he also found the woman who would save his stepmother’s life. Cheryl Sladick has spent nearly three years undergoing dialysis for twelve hours a week. She became sick about a year after the two began dating. A rare, autoimmune […]

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    ‘Everybody loves treats’: Twin boys have ‘sweet’ idea to thank cops for service

    MUSKEGON, Mich., — Like most people, twin brothers Gavin and Kamden Cross have been struck by the recent headlines involving police and violence. And they decided they wanted to do something to say “thank you” to those who protect and serve the community. “The boys asked questions,” their mother Jenny Cross wrote in a post online. “They asked, ‘why would anybody want to hurt or kill someone when there are so many people like their daddy who fought so hard […]

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    ‘Joseph’s Genetic Journey Pays it Forward’: Woman says son’s condition inspired effort to help ‘tubies’

    HASTINGS, Mich.,– Heidi Tyner felt alone when she first learned her son Joseph needed a feeding tube. But 15 years later, his rare condition and experience with a tube, have led to an incredible effort to reach out and help other families dealing with the same thing. “I couldn’t do any of this without first taking care of myself and my family,” explained Tyner. “Now, I feel like I’m in a place where I can help other people.” It started […]