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
  • Witness recalls construction zone crash

    Georgetown Township — The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office identified Steven Paauwe of Jenison as the victim of a crash that occurred Friday night. The accident happened on Cottonwood Drive near Sycamore Street. Investigators said Paauwe died after his vehicle hit construction machinery head-on. The construction zone happened to be one of the projects disrupted by a labor dispute affecting road construction statewide. Before the lockout, the county road commission previously stated the project is scheduled to wrap up by the […]

  • State AG: Catholic diocese under investigation for clergy sex abuse statewide

    WEST MICHIGAN — The state Attorney General’s office said it’s investigating Michigan’s seven catholic diocese on how clergy sex abuse allegations have been handled. Department spokeswoman, Andrea Bitely, confirmed the investigation was launched in August. The focus includes allegations of sex abuse and assault against children dating back to 1950. The catholic church is accused of covering up sex crimes committed by priests. In a statement, the Diocese of Kalamazoo said in part, “As we detailed in our ‘A Plan […]

  • Wanted ‘tree trimmer’ turns himself in to authorities

    KENT COUNTY, Mich. — John Wheeler of Wheeler Tree Service turned himself in to authorities. He’s accused of running a shady business by taking customers’ deposits and disappearing. “Do I think I’m going to get restitution? No,” Dick Vandermolen said. Vandermolen said he met Wheeler who had been going door to door and offering his tree cutting services. He paid him an $825 deposit to try him out. The Kentwood man said, “I didn’t think more about it until I […]

  • Accused murderer escapes Kalamazoo jail; recaptured in 30 minutes

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The Kalamazoo County Sheriff says a suspected murderer is back in custody after escaping the jail Wednesday morning. Undersheriff Jim Van Dyken says that the suspect climbed two fences to get out during outdoor time at the jail. He was on the loose for about 33 minutes. “It was extreme danger. I had personally asked for every marked unit that was available in the Kalamazoo County area to come and work on this immediately which they did,” Van […]

  • Family pleads to victim’s shooter: “Please turn yourself in”

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Family identifies Gavino Saldivar as the victim of Friday night’s shooting on Temple Street. Now they want to know who shot him and why. “He’s my little brother. He always lightens up everyone’s day. He’s never been in any trouble,” Teresa Saldivar said. “I just broke down crying,” she recalled. “I couldn’t go to work. I didn’t want to be around anyone but family.” Police haven’t released many details but said Gavino, 18, was shot in […]

  • Problem Solved: Greenville man refunded $1,350 after bank’s initial denial

    GREENVILLE, Mich. — James Comden’s been refunded $1,350 after a fraudulent transaction involving his bank account and a credit union in Wisconsin. The incident happened in July 2017. “You did the story on Tuesday, and Wednesday afternoon I got a call from the president’s office of Fifth Third Bank West Michigan, saying the money was deposited back in the business account,” Comden explained. “She said that there was some confusion because there were two checks involved in one dispute, and […]

  • Governor questions legality of road construction labor dispute; I-96 reopens

    WEST MICHIGAN — The much-anticipated reopening of I-96 in Kent County happened late Friday afternoon. It was scheduled to reopen Thursday night. The entrance ramp at Plainfield Avenue is still closed, and other road projects across the state are still delayed because of a dispute between two groups having trouble reaching a new collective bargaining agreement. It’s not only frustrating for drivers. Now the governor’s office is questioning if it’s even legal. The dispute is between the Michigan Infrastructure and […]

  • DeVos family, Van Andel greet public at Amway Grand Hotel

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Commemorations for Rich DeVos headed to the Amway Grand Hotel where the public expressed condolences to his family members. According to media relations, over a thousand people stopped through the Ambassador Ballroom. David Hooker, president of Frederik Meijer Garden said, “When anybody passes, even with the certainty of the resurrection, it’s important to get together. It’s important to show your love. We all have stories on our hearts. We need to get those off our hearts […]

  • Man fights to recoup $1,350 after unauthorized bank transaction

    GREENVILLE, Mich. — James Comden said he and his ex-wife Sharon are out $1,350 because someone transferred money from their Fifth Third Bank business account in July 2017. He said his bank won’t refund him the money. “When somebody calls me a liar it really bothers me. When I said I didn’t sign that, I mean’t I didn’t sign it. I didn’t approve it. I didn’t initiate it,” Comden said. He said, “It was interesting that there were two different […]