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
  • Fire departments warn of space heater dangers

    WEST MICHIGAN — Over the past couple of months, West Michigan has experienced several fires with space heaters identified as the cause. That includes a fatal fire in Covert Township. According to the National Fire Protection Association, 43 percent of house fires were caused by space heaters from 2011 to 2015. “Residential fires tend to peak in the months of December and January for us,” Holmes said. He explained, “That’s obviously due to the heating season. So we would strongly […]

  • Problem Solved: Couple receives $1,200 check for chemotherapy coverage

    WHITE LAKE, Mich. — Pam and Robert Knoll are happy to have some money back in their pocket after depending on their health insurance provider to cover Robert’s chemotherapy treatments. The Knolls said they’ve pled with Aflac for reimbursement for over a year. “I wouldn’t have this check in my hand if it were not for you,” Pamela said to the FOX 17 Problem Solvers. “Yea, that’s true,” Robert added. The check is for $1,200 plus interest. The couple felt […]

  • Police: Newaygo Co. woman killed by family dog

    NEWAYGO County, Mich. – Sharon Lee Daniels, 77, died after apparently being attacked by a family dog. It happened Tuesday night in Big Prairie Township. “Me and her grandson come home and found her. We went out to get food help, come back and it was too late,” James Little recalled. “There was just a pool of blood and not much we could do,” he said. Little said Daniels welcomed him with open arms and treated him like family. “She […]

  • Senator Peters holds PFAS panel; EPA a no-show

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The growing discussion involving PFAS contamination and how to clean it up continued at Grand Valley State University’s downtown campus today. Senator Gary Peters interviewed experts on the topic, as well as Sandy Wynn-Stelt who lost her husband in 2016. “He was diagnosed with stage IV liver cancer, and he died 3 weeks later,” the Belmont resident said. Wynn-Stelt explained, “So after being married for 25 years my world was completely rocked.” She’s lived on House […]

  • Blighted home causing concerns in Muskegon County neighborhood

    MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. — Dick Czarny wakes up to the view of a rundown home next door to his home. “It’s been like that for four years,” the White Lake homeowner said. Czarny and his neighbors are stuck with the eyesore of exposed insulation and weathered plywood, but it’s what’s he believes is inside the blighted home that has him most concerned. “I called the supervisor to see what they found he says, ‘Oh yea, there’s mold in there. As […]

  • Convicted contractor headed to prison for 6 years

    EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Jeffrey Stoltz is headed to prison for six to ten years. Judge Mark Trusock sentenced the shady contractor Thursday for defrauding homeowners, subcontractors and suppliers. He’s ordered to pay $287,000 in restitution. Homeowner Paul Hegele said, “No one was going to allow this level of crime to go with a slap on the wrist.” He said Stoltz pled for leniency before the judge penalized him well above the sentencing guidelines. “He cried in front of […]

  • ‘No sidewalk, no shoulder’: Mom concerned about child’s walk to bus stop on fast road

    HUDSONVILLE, Mich. — Sarah Koetje said walking her daughter and two other little ones down a 55 mile an hour road with no sidewalk was already dangerous. With snow on its way, she said the snowbanks will force them to walk in the road. “In the morning and then after school, this road is just crazy busy,” Koetje said. “People don’t go slow… it’s 55 [miles per hour], but they go faster than that down these roads.” Koetje said she started […]

  • Local man battling cancer pleads with insurance over chemo coverage

    MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. — Robert Knoll, who’s battling cancer, said he’s forced to plead with his insurance company to cover all of his chemotherapy treatments. After seeing a very similar story involving Aflac, his wife Pamela reached out to the FOX 17 Problem Solvers for help. “Paid for it for 30-something years, and when the mill closed we kept the policy up,” Robert Knoll said. Knoll said that coverage came in handy when a colonoscopy revealed colon cancer in February […]

  • Another customer complaint on contractor for $8,500 job

    HOLLAND, Mich. — Rosalba Rangel said she and her family are currently out $8,500 after paying Joel Cross to do pool work. They say he stopped responding. “It is very frustrating, and it is very disappointing because I mean, it was not only a contract. It was his word,” Rangel said. Rangel and her husband signed a contract with Cross Pools and Landscaping January 30th. “I wanted to get a heater in, the filter… because that one wasn’t working, and […]