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I joined the Fox 17 news crew in March of 2016 after spending nearly two years in the Upper Peninsula as a reporter at WLUC-TV6 in Marquette, Michigan. My time in the U.P. was spent covering the latest winter storm, reporting rink side at college hockey games and trying to keep up with Marines at boot camp in San Diego.

I graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and English. While in school, I had internships at Comcast Sportsnet New England in Boston and ESPN Radio in State College, PA.

Growing up in Moorestown, New Jersey, a suburb of Philadelphia, I’m a huge Philadelphia sports fan. That means Flyers, Phillies, Eagles and of course…my Penn State Nittany Lions (We Are!). I love being out on the water, especially sailing, cooking and have played classical piano as long as I can remember.

I’m excited to explore West Michigan and can’t wait to tell your stories!

Recent Articles
  • Teen starts jet ski food delivery service from Bostwick Lake Inn

    CANNON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A lot of teenagers across West Michigan are about halfway through their summer jobs, some more glamorous than others, but one teen has figured out a way to have the best of both worlds. He started his own business and he does it all on a jet ski. 16-year-old Emerson Asselta was a bus boy at the Bostwick Lake Inn in Cannon Township last summer, but this year he decided to do something different. He’s now […]

  • Cena’s Final Ride: Hundreds say goodbye to Marine’s bomb-sniffing dog with cancer

    MUSKEGON, Mich. — Hundreds of people showed up to a final ride that was organized for a Marine veteran’s bomb detecting dog. FOX 17 first told you about Corporal Jeff DeYoung’s efforts  to organize the ride for his dog Cena last week. Cena was recently diagnosed with bone cancer, and a ride in an open top Jeep was at the top of DeYoung’s “bucket list” that he made for his dog. Several other Jeeps and some motorcycles joined Cena Wednesday […]

  • Mother keeps daughter’s memory alive with painted rocks on graves of other children

    HASTINGS, Mich. — Nicole Wieringa has found a unique way to honor the life of her daughter, who died when she was still in the womb. Wieringa is placing rocks on the graves of other children so their parents know they aren’t alone. It’s a quiet sunny day at Riverside Cemetery in Hastings. Nicole Wieringa is walking with just a bucket in hand, filled with painted rocks. “I place a rock on there just to let that mom know that […]

  • Marine veteran makes bucket list for bomb dog’s final weeks

    MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. — It’s the final mission for a Marine Corps veteran and his bomb dog. Corporal Jeff DeYoung deployed to Afghanistan with his bomb detecting dog, Cena. In 2014, Jeff was able to adopt Cena as his own, eventually becoming his service dog as he battled with PTSD. Just a few days ago, Jeff found out Cena has bone cancer.  He put together a bucket list for Cena for his final weeks. Everyone knows the expression dogs are […]

  • Man arrested, named person of interest in Rockford area home invasions

    CANNON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Investigators are hoping residents in the Cannon Township area will be able to rest a little easier Wednesday night after a string of home break ins and attempted burglaries over the past week. Police now have a man in custody for a vehicle that was taken during those break ins. Police are also calling him a person of interest in those home invasions. 32-year-old Corey VanSuilichem is charged with receiving and concealing a stolen vehicle, but […]

  • Residents concerned over possible fracking in Barry County

    HASTINGS, Mich. — Some Barry County residents are worried about the possibility of hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, coming to their town. It comes after a group from Texas submitted  a permit to the Michigan DEQ to construct an oil well in Carlton Township. The group Interstate Explorations out of Texas submitted a permit a few weeks ago to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. They now have 30 days to send it back with revisions. In the meantime, […]

  • Neighbors on high alert after string of break ins near Rockford

    Police say at least nine different homes were broken into

  • Man looking for owner of hat with military pins found in Lake Michigan

    OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. — A post about a missing hat is making the rounds on social media, but it’s what’s on the hat that’s encouraging people to share it in hopes of finding the rightful owner. Randy Lovell says he found the hat while walking on the beach with his family on the Fourth of July. His nephew spotted it and his daughter swam out to grab it. After inspecting it a little closer, they noticed the pins and obvious […]

  • Spring Lake teens start cellphone repair business

    In a prior version of this story, Mick Ventocilla indicated he had completed an application for a job without response from Genius Phone Repair. However, Ventocilla clarifies for FOX17 that he only emailed Genius Phone Repair and never officially applied for a position with them.  Genius Phone Repair says they never received an official job application from Ventocilla.  Sam Ventocilla, Mick’s brother, did apply and was hired for a position with Genius Phone Repair. However, he never completed the training program. […]