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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.

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    West Michigan among worst in the country for mosquitoes; now’s the time to keep pets safe

    EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– As Memorial Day approaches, veterinarians want to remind pet owners to make sure their dogs are on a flea and tick preventative. This, as some West Michigan cities are among the worst in the country for mosquitoes. The risk is higher for those planning to spend time in wooded areas or near water. For instance, Reed’s Lake in East Grand Rapids is a place veterinarians say they are seeing more ticks lately. But the problem with […]

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    Baby Natallya to be laid to rest

    SPARTA, Mich.– A four-month old baby whose body was found in the basement of a relative’s home will be laid to rest. The funeral for Baby Natallya Rich is set for 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 20.  It will begin with a service at Hessel Cheslek Funeral Home and end at Interment Fairplains Cemetery in Sparta. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Attn: DEV, 699 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Family […]

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    New study finds school-based bullying at record low

    Washington, D.C. — The fight to reduce bullying in our nation’s schools is not an easy one to win. But, the Department of Education says new data shows that it’s now at a record low. This new study shows that school-based bullying has seen its “first significant decrease” in nearly a decade. According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Education, in 2013, the reported prevalence of bullying among students ages 12 to 18 dropped from 28% to 22% since […]

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    State’s biggest bodybuilding competition happens in West Michigan

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– It’s grown into the biggest bodybuilding competition in the state, attracting competitors from around the region, and it takes place in West Michigan. The 2015 NPC Grand Rapids Bodybuilding Championship is Saturday, May 23, at Grandville High School, located at 4700 Canal Avenue SW. Prejudging begins at 11 a.m. and the night show starts at 6 p.m. The show’s promoter, Mike Vruggink, said the competition has been ranked the fourth largest national qualifying show in the country. […]

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    Dogs to compete for best-in-show at West Michigan Apple Blossom Dog Shows

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– Dogs of all sizes will compete for best in show during a five-day competition in Kalamazoo. The West Michigan Apple Blossom Dog Show takes place May 22nd through the 26th at the Kalamazoo County Expo Center and Fairgrounds. Competitions include dock diving, agility courses and even puppy matches.  

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    Relatives, authorities speak to tragic end in search for missing 4-month-old

    WHITE CLOUD, Mich. — Four-month-old Natallya Rich was found dead in the basement of a White Cloud home early Wednesday morning, officials confirmed to FOX 17. Natallya’s mother, Brittany Rich, and Rich’s boyfriend, Matthew Bradley, were arrested in Big Rapids Tuesday night. Authorities set up a perimeter around the Bradley family’s home in White Cloud, awaiting the arrival of crime scene technicians from Grand Rapids, according to authorities at the scene. Also early Wednesday, Heidi Thill, Natallya’s grandmother, was questioned […]

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    Northview student wins chance to sing National Anthem at Meijer State Games of Michigan

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.–A Northview high school senior won the chance to sing the national anthem for the Opening Ceremonies at the Meijer State Games this summer. Facebook users voted for their favorite entry, and it came from 18-year-old Mikaela Koelzer. This was her winning submission. Koelzer will perform during the Opening Ceremony, June 26 at Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park.  An estimated 6,000 people will be in attendance. The sixth annual Meijer State Games of Michigan, the signature event […]

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    Shaman’s Harvest continues rock tour through Michigan

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– Missouri-based rock band, Shaman’s Harvest, is playing one more night in Michigan. You can catch the group at the Machine Shop in Flint, Saturday May 9th at 7pm. Lead singer, Nathan Hunt, sat down on the big red couch to let viewers know what they can expect at one of their shows. Additional credit to Consulting Producer, Chris Petras.


    Grand Rapids’ Division Avenue once known as “Little Italy”

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– It’s an area of Grand Rapids that’s seen it’s share of crime and violence over the years. Yet, it’s an area that is seeing new life and revitalization. A stretch of Division Avenue between Hall and Wealthy Streets used to be known as Little Italy. Local businessman, John Russo, recalls growing up and helping his family develop that area. His family immigrated from Sicily at the turn of the 20th century. Before long, his family owned a […]