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
  • Problem Solved: PNC Bank refunds $2,300 to Alpine Twp. man, reversing denial

    ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Brendan Kelly has been refunded nearly $2,300 from PNC bank that he’s battled for for 6 months. He said that’s a considerable amount of money for his young family of five. “A couple hours ago, I got a call from Lake Michigan Credit Union and they said, ‘Hey, call us back. I got some news for you,’” Kelly recalled. When he called his credit union back, Kelly learned PNC Bank deposited $2,292 into his account. It […]

  • State park officers file complaint against DNR alleging unsafe work conditions

    LANSING, Mich. — A group of state employees filed a complaint against the Department of Natural Resources alleging a dangerous work environment. State park rangers said the DNR needs to make changes before someone gets seriously hurt or even killed. Erik Bailey, the head state park officer at Grand Haven State Park said, “The officers themselves do not have the equipment and tools and communications to be able to do the job.” He said as a result, officers are “turning […]

  • Disgraced township supervisor sentenced for misusing man’s money

    KENT COUNTY, Mich. — Former Plainfield Township supervisor Jay Spencer was sentenced today on a charge of engaging in the business of private banking. That carries a four year maximum, however, Spencer was sentenced to probation. He admitted to misusing $241,000 from a real estate deal in 2011. The victim withdrew the funds from his IRA and handed it over to Spencer to renovate and flip a house. At this point, the judge said Spencer still owes $36,000 in restitution. […]

  • Man struggles for reimbursement after check stolen from mailbox, altered

    ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — The name ‘Ashleigh Thomas’ has given Brendan Kelly lots of headaches since July 2017. That’s when he paid his summer property taxes. Kelly said he wrote a check for $2,292 to Alpine Township for his summer taxes and placed it in his mailbox for the postal worker to pick up. “I always keep a good update on all of my banking accounts too, and I saw that the check was cashed for the exact amount that […]

  • ‘Experts actively evaluating solutions’ to Crooked Lake flooding: Barry County

    BARRY COUNTY, Mich. — Today, Barry County officials held a press conference on the flooding around Crooked Lake. County emergency management coordinator Jim Yarger said twelve homes have sandbags on their border, so far. Carol Snow is one of the property owners who’s depending on them. “We had water coming up our heater vents in the house,” Snow said. It’s a battle she said she’s never had to fight in her 22 years living on Crooked Lake. Snow explained, “We […]

  • New billboard campaign pops up in Grand Rapids promoting traffic ordinance

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A new billboard campaign is popping up along Grand Rapids roadways and targets anyone behind the wheel within city limits. The billboards promote an ordinance that went into effect in February which requires drivers to stop for people who are waiting to cross the street at a crosswalk. Failing to obey the law could result in a $135, or $170 in a school/work zone. “Through our research, we have found that Grand Rapids has a higher […]

  • Residents on Crooked Lake continue waiting for relief

    DELTON, Mich. — Sandbags and a sump pump are on the defense in what should be Cheryl McCrorey’s backyard. Instead, Upper Crooked Lake extends onto her property in the form of flood water. McCrory said authorities need to take action as soon as possible, as the water has already flowed over her retaining wall and flooded other properties around the lake. “The neighbors and I have been putting sandbags around there, and we’re hoping to pump that water out and keep […]

  • ‘I feel pretty darn lucky’: Houghton area man loses home, still grateful

    HOUGHTON COUNTY, Mich. —  When Nick Meneguzzo isn’t running his grocery store, he’s fighting fires. The Lake Linden assistant fire chief was one of the first to respond during Sunday’s historic flash flooding. “This damage up here is pretty substantial,” Meneguzzo said. He added, “[Flood water] just took everything in its path.” About seven inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service, caused the road behind his store to washout. The water turned the path into a river that day. […]

  • Man exonerated after 41 years in prison speaks to WMU Cooley Law students

    LANSING, Mich. — Ledura Watkins walked out of the Wayne County Jail a free man a year ago today. It’s a place he said he shouldn’t have stepped foot in in the first place. Watkins addressed a crowd of Western Michigan University Cooley Law School Students in Lansing, Friday morning. “One year ago today was a great day for me. But today is a great day too,” Watkins said. Visual analysis of a single hair led to Watkins wrongful murder […]