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After two decades on the radio in West Michigan, Robb became a traffic reporter in early 2006 and has been FOX 17’s roads scholar since 2008.

Born and raised in Southern California, he’s a Dodger fan. But he doesn’t surf and has never been in the movies. He did meet a few stars out there.

His first car was a 1966 Barracuda, but it sounds cooler than it was, due to dents provided by the previous owner.

As a driver, he adheres strictly do his ‘five-over’ rule: never drive more than five miles per hour over the speed limit.


Recent Articles
  • Grand Rapids Fire unit GRFD

    Public input sought in search for new Grand Rapids fire chief

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Four public meetings are planned to give citizens of Grand Rapids plenty of opportunity to help create a “candidate profile” to help find the right person to lead the Grand Rapids Fire Department. Chief Laura Knapp retired Jan. 9 and Deputy Fire Chief Margaret Felix was named interim fire chief. Four public meetings have been scheduled to find out from residents what they consider important in the next fire chief. All meeting times are 6 p.m. […]

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    Freeze-Thaw: Where do you report potholes?

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Temperatures above freezing are always appreciated in Michigan, but the freeze-thaw cycle creates conditions that breed potholes. Water that gets into cracks in pavement expands when it freezes, and when temperatures warm up, the ice melts, and pounding from traffic erodes the pavement and, voila! Potholes. Local governments and the Michigan Department of Transportation try to keep up with the suspension-damaging holes, but they need help from drivers. Here’s where to report potholes: Grand Rapids: Use […]

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    MDOT’s construction season will be a busy one in 2016

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — While increased revenues for Michigan’s roads won’t kick in until after 2016, the Michigan Department of Transportation plans for a busy construction season for the Grand Region, which includes, Kent, Ottawa, Allegan, Ionia, Muskegon, Barry, Montcalm, Mecosta, Oceana, Lake, Newaygo, Mason, and Osceola counties. Several projects will affect drivers in Kent County on US-131 and I-96, and if you drive up north, you’ll encounter road work on both US-131 and US-31. The start and finish dates […]

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    Dave Koch’s 6th Grade Class, Kenowa Hills Middle School

      Classroom of the Week, Jan. 8, 2016

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    Slide-offs, crashes, and rollovers punctuate first morning commute of the new year

    HOLLAND, Mich. — Every form of vehicular crash took place in the early morning hours of the first commute of 2016 in western Ottawa County. One man was injured in one of several rollover incidents. While snow fell in Kent County, road conditions were affected far less than the Holland area. The injury rollover took place just before 5 a.m. in the northbound lanes of US-31. The one SUV involved rolled off the pavement and through traffic was not affected. […]

  • 12-29-15 East Beltline crash scene

    Here’s why the Beltline was closed and traffic was backed up on US-131 Tuesday morning

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A semi crash closed the northbound lanes of the East Beltline during Tuesday morning’s commute, and a rollover crash backed up northbound traffic in the S-Curve. The morning was also puncuated by a number of slide-offs, but fewer than might have happened during a normal non-holiday week. The collision that closed the Beltline occurred around 5:15 a.m. A car and a semi sideswiped one another on the slippery road. Both drivers were hurt, and the semi […]

  • Winter driving truck simulator

    Simulator lets semi drivers train for Michigan’s ice and snow

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The diesel rumbles to life and the windshield shakes from the engine vibration. Underfoot, two identical pedals look and feel weird, but the right one is the accelerator and the left one is the brake. Through the windshield, snow falls and the highway is winter white. Traffic moves around and past the rig as it heads down the ramp. As the highway rolls past, there’s a very real feeling of motion. And when the rig begins […]

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    Find used outdoor gear and bikes in great shape at Switchback Gear Exchange

    Switchback Gear Exchange 2166 Plainfield Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI Jackie Green finds the new Switchback way of buying outdoor stuff, from snowshoes to bicycles.  

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    Florida resident killed in early morning crash on US-131 near 28th Street

    WYOMING, Mich. — A 32-year-old man from Florida died in the crash that closed northbound US-131 early Wednesday morning. Michigan State Police confirmed the death in the crash that occurred at 3:11 a.m. on northbound US-131 north of 28th Street. The highway was closed until 5:35 a.m. MSP did not release the identity of the victim pending notification of family. The driver of the car crashed into a Kent County Road Commission truck that was pulling a trailer. No one […]