As a FOX 17 Problem Solver, I try to help people who feel they have nowhere else to turn. We have a great team that prides itself in getting results and seeing a situation through to the end.

I couldn’t have imagined having this opportunity when I began at FOX 17 in August 2011. Since then, I’ve reported on a wide range of issues and events happening around West Michigan.

Before helping launch Problem Solvers, I served as the Grand Rapids city commission beat reporter for two years. I covered the region’s largest municipal government.

My professional journalism career began in Lansing. I cut my teeth in the news business at WLNS.
From 2006 to 2011, I wore many hats and reported the news for my last 3 years in the Capital City.

Before that, I graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Go blue!

When I’m not reporting the news, I enjoy spending time with my family, volunteering at my church, and running long distance.

Recent Articles
  • Plainfield Township: Water line extensions will cost tens of millions

    PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Plainfield Township’s plan to extend municipal water lines to dozens of homes could costs tens of millions of dollars, according to township superintendent Cameron Van Wyngarden. However, the township has no plans to pay for it and says the problem was caused by Wolverine Worldwide’s old tannery site. Van Wyngarden said the projected costs to extend water lines to homes only on well water range from $25 million to $62 million. The final figure depends on […]

  • Man captures video of tornado that blew off his roof

    VERNON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Two tornadoes hit Shiawassee County on Thursday. Dozens of buildings were damaged, along with trees and power lines that fell on roads and homes. Vernon Township, a rural area about 20 minutes southwest of Flint, is the hardest hit area, according to the National Weather Service. Joey Stinson captured video of the tornado approaching his apartment building. It blew off his roof. He said he’s lived in the complex for six months. It’s one of more […]

  • GRPD rules suspicious deaths as homicides; victims identified

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Police have ruled the deaths of two people found dead inside a Grand Rapids home as homicides by gunshot wound. The bodies of 47-year-old Charletta Baber-Bey and 25-year-old Keyona Griffin were found Wednesday inside their residence in the 500 block of Sheldon Avenue SE. Grand Rapids police are searching for Derrell Brown, 45, who has been named a person of interest in the case. Police say he lived at the home with the victims, and that […]

  • Creator of new MI Sec. of State software also created failed unemployment software

    MICHIGAN — The Secretary of State’s office looking to make long lines and extended wait times a thing of the past statewide. It’s replaced its 50-year-old mainframe computer system with a brand new one. “Twenty-five million vehicle records were converted from the old system to the new system, as well as dealer licensing, repair facilities and mechanics,” said James Fackler, director of MI SOS Office of Program Support. The state invested around $70 million in software designed to make overnight […]

  • More complaints against event organizer accused of taking off with thousands

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — More people that never got refunded following a failed tailgating trip have reached out to the FOX 17 Problem Solvers. They’re accusing event organizer Brandon Humes of taking off with thousands of dollars. “A lot of the people in my group… we considered him our friend,” patron Ronald Licka said. Humes, the owner of B Social Sports and Entertainment, advertised a tailgating trip to East Lansing outside the Michigan vs. Michigan State football game in October. […]

  • ACLU, MIRC seeks reversal of GRPD officer’s exoneration

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The ACLU and Michigan Immigrant Rights Center wrote a joint letter to the Grand Rapids Police Civilian Appeal Board to request the board reverse the decision made by the police department’s internal affairs division to exonerate Captain Curt Vanderkooi. City administration already placed Vanderkooi on leave to investigate the internal affairs finding that states he followed protocol. U.S. marine Jilmar Ramos-Gomez was arrested by GRPD in November after pulling a fire alarm and trying to access […]

  • Event organizer accused of taking off with thousands of dollars, going silent

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Brandon Humes, who runs B Social Sports and Entertainment, is accused of taking off with thousands of dollars after promising a trip to one of the biggest college football games of the year. A group of co-workers said they turned to Humes in order to travel to East Lansing to tailgate outside Spartan Stadium last October. Michigan State University was taking on the University of Michigan. Patron Nate Katerberg said, “Instead of us chartering a bus, […]

  • Local man says child molester captured by Colorado mom assaulted him

    MICHIGAN/COLORADO — Lydia Lerma has been hailed “Mother of the Year” after tracking down the man who admitted to molesting her 6-year-old son. Andrew Vanderwal had fled to Mexico during a criminal investigation into allegations of sexually abusive activity with children. He was tracked down by Lerma, who sent his picture to the FBI and helped a Michigan man move closer to closure. Matthew Nienhuis said what Lerma did sounds like something from a movie, but it’s part of his […]

  • State seeking 500 unemployment victims who are owed refunds

    MICHIGAN — The governor’s office is actively looking for victims of the state’s failed unemployment computer software called MiDAS. These are people the state believes are owed a refund but are difficult to track down. It’s the latest action being taken to correct the false fraud accusations that impacted more than 40,000 people. Governor Whitmer said about 500 people are still owed a refund from the unemployment debacle the Problem Solvers first reported on back in 2015. The UIA told […]

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