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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
  • Father and sons ask community to join them in cleaning up the beach

    GRAND HAVEN, Mich. — Coty Arnold and his sons, Carter and Cameron, came out to clean up Grand Haven State Park this past weekend. It’s a summer endeavor Arnold said he plans to do every Sunday morning before church, and he hopes the community can join the trio in picking up litter. Arnold said he hopes to teach his sons the importance of making important choices in life, selflessness, and helping their community. “This (Earth) is the only place we […]

  • Upholstery shop accused of withholding furniture, refunds

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Kimberly Moore paid an upholstery shop nearly three months ago to restore a family heirloom. Since then, she’s not received her chair nor a refund. Moore said Dan’s Custom Furniture and Upholstery in Grand Rapids communicates poorly, if at all. “I’ve had (the chair) for 20 years,” Moore said. “New house, I want to get (the chair) reupholstered. New look, new feel,” she explained. So Moore, who hasn’t been in West Michigan for very long, did […]

  • BBB surveys donors on giving habits and expectations

    WEST MICHIGAN — The Better Business Bureau says West Michigan is a very giving community, especially when disaster strikes. But before you’re compelled to write a check or transfer funds, the BBB raises a key question. Shelbee Axsom-Anderson, the BBB’s educational foundation co-manager stated, “Do you know where your money is going?” The BBB Wise Giving Alliance surveyed 2,100 donors nationwide on their mindset when it comes to giving and expectations. Even when dealing with legitimate organizations, the survey results […]

  • Dog owners concerned herbicides in water made pets sick

    ALLEGAN COUNTY, Mich. — Pet owners at Dumont Lake Campground believe herbicides sprayed into the water have sickened their dogs. The company that sprayed the herbicides said there’s no correlation. Michelle Goodell, a seasonal camper said, “We maybe thought it was heat exhaustion, but he’s still not normal.” She said her dog, Toby, has been lethargic for weeks. Goodell said it’s one of the milder symptoms dogs are experiencing after playing in the water. Paul Lapinne said his two dogs […]

  • Complaints persist for Grand Rapids online earbuds business

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Max Shatz isn’t optimistic he’ll receive the earbuds he paid $50 for from an online retailer called BlvckPods (black pods) based in Grand Rapids. The New Jersey man told FOX 17, “I must have sent 20 emails and they sent four back, none of which actually gave me information.” Shatz said he made his order April 26 and now the website is down. “I went to Reddit to see what they had to say. I was […]

  • Crosswalks painted rainbow colors in Battle Creek

    BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Newly painted crosswalks promoting equality in Battle Creek is catching all kinds of attention. Some call it art that promotes equality. Others call it inappropriate and say it sends the wrong message to children. Either way, the new rainbow themed crosswalk in Battle Creek is putting one business to work. “It really is a nice look,” Brian McDavid said. McDavid and a crew from Ace Parking Lot Striping painted the crosswalk at Van Buren Street and […]

  • Heirlooms returned after a year; no work done, deposit kept

    ADA, Mich. — Family heirlooms are finally back where they belong after a couple’s year-long battle with a so-called refurbishing business. Zack Ferrell, owner of Furniture Renewal, was supposed to restore the bedroom set furniture. He even took a $600 deposit and the furniture a year ago. “All of the furniture is back, every piece,” Anne Jones said. The items are housed in her garage. The furniture was passed down to her from her grandmother. She said Ferrell held it […]

  • War hero’s descendants hitting a snag getting special grave marker

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — She was the wife of a Revolutionary War hero and the first person buried in a West Michigan cemetery. Her family, which lives in Grand Rapids, is trying to get a special marker in Mary Bowen-Stone’s honor but are hitting a snag. Sisters Sandy Bewell and Deb Cousinaw marched in the East Grand Rapids parade as part of the “Daughters of the American Revolution.” DAR members are descendants of men and women who fought in the […]

  • Residents question if storm was tornado, NWS says ‘no’

    IONIA, Mich. — Strong winds caused damage in parts of Ionia County and has left some residents believing it was a tornado. However, the National Weather Service said it doesn’t look that way. In response to the damage in her yard, Shirley Reeder said, “I’m lucky. I’m very lucky.” Reeder, who’s lived in rural Ionia for 55 years, said Tuesday’s storm spared her home. She said she came outside to find her neighbor’s shed obliterated by the wind. The shed’s […]

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