Nicole DiDonato is the weekday morning reporter for FOX 17 Morning News.
Not being a fan of sleep, she feels no other shift fits her lifestyle better and actually enjoys waking up in the middle of the night; she gets to see some of the most gorgeous sunrises!
She loves the early shift because it is unique; you hit the ground running as soon as you walk in the door.
Plus, it allows Nicole to interact with viewers more as she delivers up to eight live reports during the four-hour morning show!

Nicole grew up in Metro Detroit and has been in the business for a decade, beginning as a writer at WXYZ in Detroit, before making stops in Alpena and Evansville, Indiana.

Nicole enjoys weight lifting and competes in bodybuilding competitions.
Besides sleep, Nicole also hates staying indoors.
When she’s not working or at the gym, you’ll find her enjoying West Michigan’s coast line during the summer.

Recent Articles
  • GR Downtown Dog Walk benefits local rescue

    GRAND HAVEN, Mich.– Bring your four-legged friend to downtown Grand Rapids and walk for a cause. Diane Whyatt from Pet-Agree Pet Sitting/Dog Walking and Janelle McFarlane from Hearts of Hope Dog Rescue invite the community out for a special dog walk. The event takes place Tuesday, May 23. Come on down for dinner and drinks on the dog-friendly patio at One Trick Pony. The walk begins at 6:30 pm and goes to Rosa Parks Circle. Money raised will benefit Hearts […]

  • Bill would increase penalties for using smartphone while driving

    LANSING, Mich. — It is illegal to text and drive, but a state lawmaker wants to make it illegal to use your phone at all while driving, if not in the hands-free mode. Rep. Martin Howrylak introduced House Bill 4466, which would ban drivers from using Facebook, Twitter, and other mobile applications behind the wheel. Violators would face a $200 and points on their driver’s license. Statistics show drivers are more than four times likely to get into a crash while using a […]

  • Two West Michigan women take steps to help others with self-defense

    GRAND HAVEN, Mich.– Two West Michigan women have made it their mission to empower other women by taking control of their self-defense. From concealed-carry purses to striking tools, Damsel in Defense aims to equip and educate women with the tools they need to stay safe. The faith-based company launched in 2011. Ann Parsons is what’s called a “Damsel Pro.” But she’s more than a sales rep, she’s a survivor. “During my childhood I was a victim of an assault, and that […]

  • Grand Rapids officer’s picture getting a lot of attention on social media

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — One West Michigan police officer is getting a lot of attention, all from a picture captured of him while working a recent assignment. Officer Ricky Urena is a community police specialist working within Grand Rapids neighborhoods. But, the three-year veteran is also melting hearts around West Michigan and beyond after a recent picture of him went viral. “I was working a protest for immigration,” explained Officer Urena. “We were blocking the roads for the protest and someone […]

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    GRPS superintendent to give State of the Schools Address

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — You’re invited to learn more about the vision, direction & future of Grand Rapids Public Schools. Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal plans to give the State of the Schools address Thursday, May 4. It’s set for 6 p.m. at GRPS University, located at 1400 Fuller Avenue NE. Doors will open at 5 p.m. You’re urged to RSVP by contacting Dana Bialk, at 616-819-2193 or If you can’t make it, you can watch it live here.  

  • Join the cause during March for Babies in Caledonia

    CALEDONIA, Mich.-  Join your community and help raise awareness and money for the March of Dimes during the March for Babies. You can walk Saturday, April 29, at the Farmers Insurance Campus, located at 5600 Beechtree LN in Caledonia. Registration is at 9:00AM and the 3.2 mile walk starts at 10:30 AM. For more information on this particular event, click here. Check out other events near you.  

  • How to spot and protect yourself against financial elder abuse

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– Financial elder abuse is a crime of opportunity. With 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 years old everyday, the opportunities to prey on those citizens is skyrocketing. Jamie Westenbarger from Forest Hills Financial explains what it looks like and how to prevent it.  

  • Grand Rapids police chief opens office doors to the public

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– Grand Rapids Police Chief Dave Rahinsky is opening his office doors to the public. It’s the latest in the department’s ongoing efforts to enlarge the pathways of communication between police and the community. Open office hours are from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Friday, April 21. Parking will be validated for those who use any city ramp or lot.  

  • Share your story during ‘Story Slam;’ event benefits Creative Youth Center

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– The Grand Rapids Creative Youth Center is hosting it’s Story Slam Tuesday, April 18, at the Pyramid Scheme. It features true personal stories from Grand Rapidians who will volunteer to stand up and tell personal stories around the theme “You Can’t Judge A Book By Its Cover.” It’s modeled after NPR’s “Moth Story Hour.” The goal of the event is to bring awareness and raise funds for the CYC. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 […]