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
  • ‘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 […]

  • Problem Solved: Furniture financing frustration fixed

    GRAND JUNCTION, Mich. — Susan Daniels said she should’ve stuck to using her own credit card when purchasing a custom sized bed from Art Van. She said financing through the store led to frustration. “The salesman urged me to use their 18 month interest free,” Daniels recalled. The mattress cost $800 dollars and she financed with Art Van through Synchrony Bank. “As I’m keeping ahead making these payments… they’re giving me late charges, and I don’t know where this is […]

  • Contractor accused of only delivering excuses; deposit cashed months ago

    GAINES TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Jim and Phyllis Klugiewicz are on a fixed income, however they said contractor Ryan Zandstra is treating them like they have money and time to waste. “From the moment he had the check all we started getting was excuses,” Jim Klugiewicz recalled. In September 2017, the Klugiewicz paid Zandstra Construction to redo their concrete driveway. “Complete replacement of all the concrete, the sidewalk and everything,” Klugiewicz explained. He said, “September 8th, we gave him a check […]

  • Problem Solved: Cedar Springs homeowner receives small claims compensation

    CEDAR SPRINGS, Mich. — Kelly Fittro expressed relief that she’s been paid the court judgement she won in September. Quick and Thick Asphalt lost the case mounting to $828 in damages and court costs. “I suspect he paid because of your story airing,” Fittro said. She hired the company to sealcoat her driveway, but she said the worker ended up spraying sealcoat on her SUV and garage door as well. The company paid $250 to clean the vehicle, but she […]

  • Portage man in dispute with Consumers Energy after blown transformer causes oil damage

    PORTAGE, Mich. — Steve Littell lives along Portage Road and had the misfortune of a transformer exploding outside his home in March 2017. The transformer belongs to Consumers Energy, and Littell said it sprayed oil onto his property. “They’re the ones that came up, knocked on my door and let me know, ‘Hey, you had a transformer blow up last night.’ I walked out and literally oil everywhere.” Littell recalled, “So they cleaned the whole front of the garage. They […]

  • Problem Solved: ‘No-show’ contractor refunds couples after months of frustration

    WEST MICHIGAN — It’s problem solved for two couples who say a no-show contractor left them high and dry. After months of trying to get ahold of Brian Leonard, the couples say they’ve now been refunded. The FOX 17 Problem Solvers first told you about Leonard last Thursday. Kim Brown and her husband, Gary Teat, paid him a $1,250 deposit to do some drywall work. That payment was made in early March. However, the Crockery Township couple says Leonard did […]

  • Contractor under investigation by Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office

    OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. — A West Michigan contractor profiled by the FOX 17 Problem Solvers is also on the radar of Ottawa County detectives. Brian Leonard, owner of SBL Contractors, is accused of fraud by cashing deposits and disappearing. The Problem Solvers previously interviewed two couples who paid Leonard in early March to have some work done on their homes. Instead, Leonard took down his business Facebook page and never did any work. The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office said it has […]

  • Falling branch kills two motorcyclists; witness recalls helping

    BARRY COUNTY, Mich. — John Leslie said he’s lived in his current home for seven years and has heard all kinds of traffic-related noises. However, nothing compares to what he witnessed last night. This time it was a loss of life at the hands of Mother Nature. Leslie said told FOX 17, “Just a freak accident in the middle of a beautiful day a tree falls down.” He said he heard the crash from inside his home along Yankee Springs […]