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
  • Wrapping up the 2016-2017 West Michigan winter

    WEST MICHIGAN – While Monday is the first day of spring for most of us, it’s not for meteorologists. Meteorologists measure winter from Dec. 1 to March 1. Of course, most of us go off the astronomical calendar which is based on where the sun is overhead. According to that, it’s officially springtime in Michigan. Measuring from Dec. 1 to March 1, Grand Rapids is sitting at 59.7 inches, down a little over 10 inches from the average 71.    […]

  • Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Grand Rapids

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — People will be flocking to the Irish bars this weekend for St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations. The party got started early Friday morning at Flanagan’s Irish Pub. Flanagan’s started pouring green beer at 7 a.m., but according to patron Pat Loftis, if you really want to go Irish, you have to go Guinness. “It’s the only thing to drink.” Being an Irishman, St. Patrick’s Day is a tradition for Loftis. “It’s our heritage and it’s not all drinking […]

  • Band founded at GVSU to perform at Irish on Ionia

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations in Grand Rapids continue tomorrow with Irish on Ionia. This year, there will be some special entertainment, a Celtic band that got its start just miles away in Allendale at Grand Valley State University. They’re called CrossBow and like most musicians they got their start early. “Crossbow was started by myself and the other fiddler in the group,” explains fiddler Steve Lesko, “We came from a high school that had a really […]

  • GR’s top 5 must try macaroni and cheese dishes

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. –. Macaroni and cheese, a classic dish that is suitable for all ages. Over the years, restaurants across Grand Rapids have put their own spin on the mac n’ cheese entree. Local buzz from social media has pointed us to these five food establishments. FOX 17’s Tracy Hinson spent the afternoon searching for the most interesting, original, dressed up and odd twist, to the platter that originated in Italy. For Tracy it’s more than a hobby, it’s […]

  • West Michigan giraffe expecting baby this fall

    ALTO, Mich. — While the world is still watching and waiting for giraffe mom April to give birth to her baby in New York State, there could be another baby on the way right here in West Michigan at Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park in Alto. With Annabelle the giraffe over his shoulder, park manager Joshua Baker tells FOX 17, “She would be due probably October, November so we are really hoping we can join that baby fever as well.” […]

  • Two West Michigan schools under repair after Wendesday’s wind storm

    WEST MICHIGAN — Two schools are rebuilding after high winds swept their roofs right off on Wednesday. Lakewood Early Child Development Center is closed while builders work to repair the roof that was ripped off Wednesday morning when the area saw wind gusts between 50 and 60 miles per hour. The other school, Cityside Middle School in Zeeland, is open but unable to use their gym which was the only building affected by the storm. Luckily, Cityside Middle School students weren’t […]

  • Golf course damaged by storms last summer back open

    BYRON CENTER, Mich. — It has been more than six months since a series of tornadoes hit West Michigan, and the clean-up continues. Last year, FOX 17 crews visited Ironwood Golf Course after strong straight-line winds wreaked havoc on the grounds. “There were trees down everywhere,” explains Ironwood Horticulturist Kim Davidson. “Trees snapped off, trees uprooted, sticks everywhere, leaves that had been blown off and a lot of standing water cause it rained pretty heavy.” There was enough damage to […]

  • Hudsonville Ice Cream rolling out new flavors

    EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — It’s almost springtime which means warmer weather for enjoying some ice cream. This season Hudsonville Ice Cream has teamed up with East Grand Rapid’s Jersey Junction to create the perfect flavor. No matter what age you are, picking out which ice cream to get is a tough decision. Listing off the new choices Ben Rasmussen of  Hudsonville Ice Cream says, “There’s more-eo cheesecake, peanut butter cheesecake, peanut butter pretzel, lemon cheesecake, banana’s foster, loco hot cocoa and […]

  • Could warm weather this winter spell trouble for West Michigan farmers?

    CONKLIN, Mich. — West Michigan is on track to see one of the warmest winters in history. In February, warm temps can put sweat on the brows of local farmers. Taking FOX 17 on a tour of his orchard apple and cherry farmer, Adam Dietrich points out, “You don’t see any snow and it’s February.” With no snow and spring-like conditions, some people are thinking back to 2012. “2012 was a tough year, I’ve done a really good job of trying […]