Born and raised in California’s Silicon Valley I have had a love of science right from the start. While attending school in Sunnyvale, CA I watched the 1998 tornado touch down just a few miles away. The event sparked my curiosity and passion for weather. I earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Journalism from San Jose State University. While at SJSU I spent two years in the meteorology department and I am currently working towards a Bachelor’s of Science in Operational Meteorology from Mississippi State University.

I have worked at multiple news outlets in weather, news and production. Serving California’s Central Coast I provided everything from surf to farm forecasts for KSBW. The mountainous terrain and marine environment of the Central Coast made for some tricky forecasts. At KNTV I worked alongside experienced meteorologists while doubling in production. I gained an appreciation for news at KGO-TV working the assignment desk gathering news and information. Growing up with Nancy Drew mystery books, the assignment desk made me feel like a detective figuring out the stories of the day.

When not at work, I’ll be out on the farm with my horse. Star, a gray American Quarter Horse, is my trail, parade and rodeo buddy. In 2012 I won the title of Miss California Rodeo Salinas and traveled the West Coast representing California’s largest rodeo. Before that I toured the Wine Country as Miss Wine Country Rodeo 2011, part of the 75th Sonoma County Fair. On January 1st 2010 and 2011 I had the privilege of riding in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade as the marshal of the Giddy Up Gals Equestrian Drill Team.

I am also a proud alumna of San Jose State University’s Symphonic Band. I continue to play the French horn, flute and piano. A PADI certified scuba diver since 6th grade, I jump at the opportunity to get in the water. I have dove California’s Monterey Bay, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Recent Articles
  • Grand Haven teen headed to US Pony Finals

    GRAND HAVEN, Mich. — In the horse world, the US Pony Finals is one of the most prestigious and celebrated competitions. This year, West Michigan has its very own qualifier to cheer for, 14-year-old lakeshore middler schooler, Lilly Anthes. “There’s a lot of riders that come out and just want the ribbons,” Anthes’ trainer Kimberlee Beeson says, “Lilly’s the type of girl, she’ll come out and spend 8 hours at the farm. She will clean stalls, she’ll bathe other horses, she’ll […]

  • Grand Rapids mother-daughter team making safe, organic skin care products

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A mother- daughter team in Grand Rapids is changing the way people think about their cosmetics. Together they founded their own line called Keeki Pure & Simple. Natalie and Kiana “Keeki” Bauss were living on a farm, raising chickens and growing vegetables when Natalie realized their lifestyle didn’t match their practices. “Here we are on our farm, raising our 26 alpacas and our 75 chickens. Keeki was going out to the chicken coop to collect the eggs […]

  • Mushroom fever in West Michigan

    WEST MICHIGAN — A fever sweeps through every year about this time…mushroom fever. Once the snow melts and Spring arrives, so do the morel mushrooms. Seasoned mushroom hunter Nicole Mathiasz tells FOX 17, “If you see big oaks or big elms, dying elms, ash trees, that’s always the best way to start. And then you hone in underneath of them.” When you find the right area, watch your step! Tasty morel mushrooms could be underneath and apparently they’re good in […]

  • Teacher blends classwork and farming in Holland

    HOLLAND, Mich. — Students in Ottawa County are getting the chance to raise pigs and grow vegetables, and their program just earned a big award. Careerline Tech’s Tony McCaul was named the “Educator of the Year” by the Michigan Farm Bureau for excellence in agriculture education. A farm kid from Lake Odessa, Tony McCaul says he wasn’t sure if farming was for him. “I grew up on a farm. Everyday I milked cows and took care of pigs. I knew […]

  • Wyoming recycling company going for World Record

    WYOMING, Mich. — More than 190 countries around the globe are preparing to celebrate our planet this Saturday with Earth Day. In West Michigan, one group isn’t just looking to celebrate, they’re going for a World Record. Advanced Technology Recycling in Wyoming is going for two Guinness World Records attempts on Saturday. “We currently hold one Guinness World Record, we’re attempting to break that one and two additional ones,” Brodie Ehresman, ATR National Business Development Manager tells FOX 17. “It’s […]

  • Spring Lake middle schooler holds 20 state titles in speed skating

    MUSKEGON, Mich. — Winter sports go year round in Michigan with full time hockey leagues and figure skating so it’s no surprise that a middle schooler has set state records…except that she’s doing it in speed skating. 12-year-old Catherine Vandergriff started out amongst the millions in figure skating, but thanks to the influence of her older brother her ice career took two left turns for the better. “I got drug along to my brother’s practices and I kind of wanted to […]

  • Don’s Full Serve Gas in Wyoming closing after 67 years

    WYOMING, Mich. — It’s one of the last full serve gas stations in West Michigan, and now after 67 years on the corner of 28th and Byron Center the team at Don’s Full Serve Gas are closing down the pumps for good. For the past 50 years, Don and Hank have been pulling into the station bright and early six days a week, but that routine will end April 29. “Well we’re at the age of retirement. I’m 65, my business […]

  • Sheep herding beside M-6

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — If you’ve driven along M-6 by the 196 interchange you’ve probably seen the sheep farm off to your right, tut there is more to that farm than meets the eye. It’s Sharon Woolman’s farm and she is a competitive sheep herder. “Someone will set a packet of sheep out 300 to 450 yards away, you’ll send your dog to pick them up they’ll bring them to you,” Woolman explains, “You’ll drive them around in a little […]

  • Springtime storms spell trouble for baby animals

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Wild animal experts in West Michigan are seeing babies out early this year because of the unusually warm winter. When cold, icy days come through, that means trouble for those newly born critters. “We’re coming up on baby season with birds and squirrels,” Grand Rapids Wildlife Rehab Center Director Peg Markle explains, “people have got to remember that whether it’s a squirrel, a bird, a rabbit or whatever, its best chance of survival is with its […]