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
  • Electrician cashed $4,500 check months ago, never delivered generator

    SPARTA, Mich. — Deb Wagner says she hired an electrician who shocked her by betraying her trust. In March, she made a $4,510 investment in a generator. The registered nurse, who works from home, says she knows what it’s like to lose power. “Without power, I can’t work. I don’t get paid if I don’t work,” Wagner explained. “I have family members that have generators, and they recommended the Generac. So I went on their website and requested a price, […]

  • Deer processors prepare for a busy firearm season

    COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. — As Michigan hunters get ready for firearm season to kick off tomorrow, deer meat processors prepare for a busy rest of the year. Gina Zeigler at Barb’s Deer Processing in Comstock Park says November 15th starts the busiest time of year for them. The shop will get up to a thousand deer to process this firearm season. “Well, right in the beginning we’ll probably get 50 deer in tomorrow,” she said. Zeigler says bow season is […]

  • BBB tips on hiring a snowplow service

    WEST MICHIGAN — With wintry weather officially here, property owners might be thinking about hiring a snowplow service. By February of each year, complaints about plow services usually have trickled into the FOX 17 newsroom. It’s no different for the Better Business Bureau. “Every year, we hear from consumers, from businesses who say, ‘I paid a snowplow driver. They never showed up,'” Troy Baker with the BBB said. “So there really are some things you need to watch out for […]

  • Store owner struggling after employees embezzle $64k in lotto tickets

    BELDING, Mich. — Like many small business owners, Sam Mason is very hands on in his store. In fact, the Belding Party Store owner says he has no choice but to be at this point. That’s after a couple of his employees embezzled nearly $64,000 worth of lottery tickets. Mason said, “It was very hard to believe. It was disheartening. It was one of them things… how could you do this to me?” Candace McAllister, 34, and Cynthia Wright, 61, […]

  • Problem Solved: Business pays for damaged truck repair after nearly two months

    KENT CITY, Mich. — Toby Burke says he’s tried not to get bent out of shape, but that’s exactly what happened to his truck when he purchased mulch from Majestic Landscape Services in Sparta back in August. “The bucket became unattached from the loader and fell into the bed of my truck,” he recalled. The bucket dented his tailgate and gouged the bed cover which are not cheap fixes. “They retail for about 900 bucks,” Burke said of bed covers. […]

  • Dash cam showing deadly collision with 11-year-old released

    CALHOUN COUNTY, Mich. — Michigan State Police have released dash camera footage from the night an 11-year-old boy was hit and killed by a deputy’s cruiser. The prosecutor declined to press charges, but the family of Norman Hood Jr. is now suing Calhoun County. FOX 17 obtained the video from the Calhoun County deputy’s cruiser through the Freedom of Information Act. It is jarring and difficult to watch, but Hood’s family requested FOX 17 show as much as possible so […]

  • Shots fired near middle school, SUV hit

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Police need help finding the people involved in a shooting in the Alger Heights neighborhood across from a middle school. It happened Friday morning before 9 a.m on Blaine avenue near Alger Street. No one was reported injured, and no arrests have been made. “I heard the shots. I was inside with the kids at the time because I’m the nanny, and they wanted to run to the window (because of) the loud sounds. So I […]

  • Hunting accident survivor dedicated to teaching others safety

    MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. — Geoff Newmyer’s life would change forever on October 7, 2007. That day, he says he fell 15 feet from a tree while on a hunting trip. Out of that tragedy, Newmyer found purpose in the passion he continues to pursue. “I knew right away that I really screwed up my back. My legs went numb. I couldn’t feel ’em. I couldn’t move. I tried to get up,” he recalled. After a round of surgeries, Newmyer says […]

  • Logger accused of failing to pay walnut tree profits months later

    HASTINGS, Mich. — Walnut trees can earn you some cash. Jeff Conklin had some on his property and said he was approached by tree logger Kevin Hughes who was interested in cutting them down and splitting the profit. In January, he says the two signed a contract that he’s since regretted. “He approached me and said he could get us a really good price… a minimum of $10,000 for some trees that he’d like to take off the farm. We […]

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