Anyone who knows me knows that I love sports and food, the color green, traveling, Chicago-style hotdogs, the Golden Girls and all different kinds of cheeses. (Nothing tops a robust parmesan.) But one of the things I love most is people. I love people! Short, tall, rich, poor, bald, Rapunzel. It doesn’t matter. Meeting new people and getting to know the storyline of their lives is one of my life’s greatest thrills. And the fact that I get to share their stories wth FOX 17 viewers — whether triumphant or challenging — is an honor.

I could’ve told you the basics about me: graduated with journalism degrees from Univ. of Illinois Urbana-Champagne and Boston University, did my dissertation on race and English football while living in London and worked for New England Sports Network for many years. But that’s all blah, blah, blah.

Bottom line, I like people. And hopefully one day I can meet you.

Recent Articles
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    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — As soon as Tara Workman heard the guilty verdict, she sobbed. She held tissue to her mouth with one hand and used the other to hold her daughter. Workman was grateful for the verdict, she said. She knew that’s what her son Jacob Jones would have wanted. “That’s what he deserved,” Workman said during an interview after court.  “Now no other family is going to have to go through that.” According to police, Jones was killed in […]

  • Family says ‘fight far from over’ for teenager accused of choking teacher

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — When Earnest Gathing Jr. and Iris Morgan walked into the courtroom Friday morning, they were hoping to take their teenage son home for the first time in months, they said. Twenty minutes later, their son cried and was ushered out of the side door by the court officers. “He’s ready to come home,” Earnest said during an interview after court. “He had three  months left on probation when this happened. He hasn’t been in trouble in a […]

  • Kzoo grandmother’s home floods again, says ‘I cry all the time’

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Monday morning, Jeanne Kendall walked up and down the Lakewood neighborhood, checking out the standing water along Lamont Street and Willow Boulevard. She was worried that it would rise and flood her home, she said. By Thursday morning her fears came true. “What do you do? What do you do? I cry all the time,” she said with tears in her eyes and pointing to her grandson. “He keeps telling me to stop. How do you stop […]

  • Flood concerns linger in Kalamazoo, southwest Michigan

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Mindy Golston has been working at Manpower near Crosstown Parkway for over a decade, she said. The lawns along the road typically flood when it rains or storms. However, over the years, it’s gotten worse. “People walked through, rode their bikes through, laid in the grass,” said Golston about what it used to look like. “But every year it’s getting worse to now we just have a permanent lake with ducks. We come out and give them […]

  • Kzoo grandmother “scared to death” storms could cause more floods

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — After Jeanne Kendall dropped her grandson off at school Monday morning, she walked up and down Willow Boulevard, in her pajamas, looking at all the water. She’d been doing this, twice a day, since the storms started on Saturday. “We’re definitely probably going to get flooded again,” she said. “If you stand here you can literally watch it coming up into the ground.” Jeanne stared at the large puddle for a few minutes before going closer to […]

  • Kzoo woman on a mission to change lives one spin class at a time

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Before class began at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Rhonda Etheridge spent a few minutes talking to her students individually  about seat positions and adjusted of few of their pedal straps. Then she turned down the lights, closed the blinds and blasted the stereo. “Who runs this … who run this,” she shouted on beat to Beyonce’s Who Run The World while walking through the stationary bikes. “Who run this … who run this.” Rhonda spun her hands […]

  • Paw Paw family ‘relieved’ after suspect in son’s crash was found guilty

    PAW PAW, Mich. — When the foreperson stood up Thursday morning and stated aloud that the jury found the defendant Demos Johnson “guilty” of reckless driving causing death, Stephanie Yeider burst into tears. When each juror said that “guilty” was their verdict as well, she clutched a picture of her son Alex to her chest and whispered “thank you.” “I’m so relieved,” said Stephanie during an interview after court. “I am so comforted to know that he is going to […]

  • Jury deliberating in case of Paw Paw teen accused of crash that killed family’s son

    PAW PAW, Mich. — When Demos Johnson took the stand Wednesday afternoon at the Van Buren County Courthouse, Stephanie Yeider, and a few other loved ones, began to cry. Her son Alex was killed in a car crash last summer in Antwerp Township. Police said Johnson was the driver of the other vehicle. “I’m sorry I can’t remember what happened in the accident,” Johnson said on the stand when asked about the crash. The county’s sheriff’s office said on June […]

  • Otsego farmer concerned about “dirty pond” on his land, says “This water is bad”

    OTSEGO, Mich. — Craig Newland said the water tucked in the back of his farmland has always been brown. However, over the last three years, it’s gotten darker. It’s so murky now that he and his wife refer to it as the “dirty pond.” “If somebody told me that this water was good and signed off, they would be nuts because this water is not good,” he said while holding up a glass jar of it. “This water is bad.” […]