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Rebecca joined Fox 17 in March 2016 after spending nearly two years in the Upper Peninsula as a reporter at TV6 in Marquette, Michigan. Her time in the U.P. was spent covering the latest winter storm and reporting rink side at college hockey games, but she also traveled to San Diego to experience Marine Corps boot camp firsthand.

Rebecca graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and English. Before graduating, Rebecca spent time interning at Comcast Sportsnet New England in Boston and ESPN Radio in State College, PA.

Rebecca grew up outside of Philadelphia in Southern New Jersey. She’s a lover of all Philadelphia sports teams and, of course, the Penn State Nittany Lions.

Rebecca enjoys spending time at the beach, sailing, cooking and playing the piano.

Rebecca is excited to be in West Michigan and can’t wait to tell your stories!

Recent Articles
  • Forest Hills board, NAACP meet about student blackface incident

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The NAACP met with some members of the Forest Hills school board behind closed doors on Wednesday.  They were discussing the fallout from an incident involving a student wearing blackface at Forest Hills Northern earlier this month. Some of the discussion included a deeper explanation of some of the programs and training happening at Forest Hills schools involving equity work. Superintendent Dan Behm also says they’ve had mandatory workshops and programming for staff and administration for […]

  • Residents and road crews dealing with early flooding ahead of weekend’s rising waters

    WEST MICHIGAN– With already a few inches of rain falling across West Michigan and more on the way, water levels are rising and many roads are flooding. Melting snow and heavy rain will likely flood rivers across the region in the next few days. Water flow in the Grand River is expected to quadruple by this weekend which means there will be even more flooding along the banks. While its not a wash out just yet, other parts of West […]

  • Ever After Princess Parties surprises little girl fighting cancer

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.–  It was a magical afternoon for a little girl who West Michigan has gotten to know and love.  Four-year-old Olive Schmitz has a rare form of cancer: Acute T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma, but her fight hasn’t dwindled her spirits. Olive is a little lady with a lot to say, but when she first saw the princesses she was speechless. Four princesses from Ever After Princess Parties surprised Olive at her home on Friday. “We both did character performing […]

  • GRPS public safety director talks student well-being, possible improvements

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Highlighting prevention when a tragedy like the one in Parkland happens includes planning. For the public safety director of West Michigan’s largest school district, there is always work to be done. Coincidentally, Larry Johnson, public safety director of Grand Rapids Public Schools, is currently in Mississippi at a national school safety conference. Johnson says once they heard about what happened in Parkland, the agenda changed, and now they’re focusing on this latest tragedy. “We thought as […]

  • Ex-Secret Service agent discusses steps schools can take to prevent tragedy

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– The tragedy unfolding in Parkland, Fla. is impacting the entire nation and causing everyone to question how to prevent something like this from ever happening again. FOX 17 spoke with Jason Russell on Wednesday, a security expert who served as a police officer and US Secret Service agent. Russell says almost every school shooting we’ve seen in the past could’ve been prevented if someone noticed the warning signs. “They’re focusing a lot on the physical security measures, […]

  • West Michigan woman shares close call with online dating fraud

    WEST MICHIGAN — Online dating schemes are on the rise and law enforcement and the Better Business Bureau are now getting involved. The schemes target thousands of people every year resulting in the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars. With Valentine’s Day on Wednesday, a lot of people have romance on the mind. That includes one woman from West Michigan who almost fell victim to one of the schemes and came very close to losing her money. The woman […]

  • ‘We lost a good guy’ — Griffins mourning sudden death of staff member

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Grand Rapids Griffins are mourning the loss of one of their own. Jake Engel, a corporate sales account manager for the team, died Tuesday after having a heart attack over the weekend.  The Griffins honored Engel’s memory before their game Wednesday, and they will for the rest of the season. “Yesterday was a tough day,” said Sean Wright, the Griffins’ Vice President of Corporate Sales. “I got a phone call early Sunday morning from Jake’s […]

  • Borgess nurses ‘terrified’ over potential staffing cuts

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Nurses at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo are speaking out against an uncertain future. This comes after they say hospital staff proposed cutting up to 70 nurses last week. While the union representatives say Borgess has since pulled back on that plan, they still want some answers. Nurses at Borgess tell FOX 17 they’re working at a ratio of one nurse for every five patients.  They say the proposal to cut 70 nurses would leave each one of them […]

  • Experts call Facebook Messenger Kids a safe social media outlet for children

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Officials say kids are at a higher risk of being victims to sexual predators online than ever before. With new apps coming out almost daily, it can be hard to stay on top of them. There’s a new app out there that’s getting the approval of parents and even law enforcement. Just a few weeks ago, Facebook rolled out a new app called Facebook Messenger Kids. So far, it’s getting good reviews. Kids are more connected […]