My alarm goes off at 2 a.m. every morning but I’ll admit it, I press snooze a few times before getting out of bed! I joined Fox17 in March 2013 as a general assignment reporter and made the switch to mornings in September 2014.
Before joining Fox17, I worked as a reporter in Lansing at WLNS-TV. A graduate of Central Michigan University and native of Detroit, the mitten has always been home. Growing up I always said I wanted to leave Michigan, but when the time came I realized how much I loved it and once I found West Michigan there was no leaving. I am always up to try a new adventure and this area has so much to offer!
As for the job, it has taught me a great deal over the years and really made me realize that everyone truly has their own unique story. But it’s when you actually take the time to listen you learn the most about others and yourself.
Follow me on twitter @deannafalzone but I’ll warn you, you’ll see a lot of pictures of four-legged fur child!
Many of us have been there, feeling overwhelmed and stressed by the clutter in our homes. It’s why we held a contest for Mother’s Day, where one mom could work with a professional organizer to “Take Back Her Space.” Last Friday Sarah Chamberlain was brave enough to show us her clutter and let us into her home as Melissa Fortino from Organized by Melissa helped her gain back some control. They sent us some pictures of all they accomplished after […]
Three women are opening up about their mental health challenges in message of hope during Mental Health Month. One in 5 people will experience mental illness in their lifetime, yet the stigma surrounding it is still very real. Emily Rice-Smith, 24, is a student at Western Michigan University and former Miss Michigan competitor. She has depression, anxiety and ADHD. Elaina Harris, 51, is a mother and retired. She has depression, anxiety, and chronic pain. Erin Abel, 28, is a business owner. She […]
As all mom’s know, kids come with so much stuff! But Imagine a place for everything and everything is in its place. It can happen, and this Mother’s Day, FOX 17 and Organized by Melissa are here to help! Upload a picture of the space you need help organizing and you could win a day with a professional organizer! To enter, click here. Melissa Fortino joined us on the morning show Wednesday to talk about the pressure moms feel and […]
April marked Child Abuse Prevention Month, but the end of April doesn’t mean the conversation about child sexual abuse, a topic that for many is hard to approach, should stop. We hear about horrific crimes that make headlines, but for the victims, what happens afterward? That’s where the Children’s Advocacy Center of Kent County comes in, doing the unrecognized work that leads to hope and healing for more children then you’d think. they see about one thousand children a year […]
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A Cedar Springs woman is lucky to be alive after a car crash nearly took her life and left her internally decapitated. Lila Deline was pulling out of her driveway when she was hit by a vehicle going 60 miles per hour. The crash forced her skull to come off her spine, an injury that is typically fatal. But after several life-saving surgeries and months of specialized rehab, she’s home and doing better than she could […]
We first introduced you to Nick Nieboer back in February when he was training to hand cycle at the Boston Marathon. We caught back up with him before he left to get a closer look at just how far he has come. Nieboer was born with spina bifida. “My spinal cord is disconnected at a certain point in my back. There are surgeries you can maybe do to fix that, but it’s a lot of money and I`m happy with […]
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — It’s an issue that could be affecting your own kid everyday and you may not even know it. Research shows 1 in 5 teens are struggling with mental health problems like feeling depressed, anxious or nervous. The hardest part for them is talking to someone about the way they feel. But area organizations are working to change those numbers by starting a conversation with teens to be able to talk about how they feel. “Our teens […]
One in nine women will some day experience postpartum depression, and one in four will experience a miscarriage in their lives. It can be a hard conversation to have, but it’s important. We first met Tabitha Grassmid two years ago when she opened up to us about her struggle with postpartum depression. Since then, she has made it her mission to help other mothers. She recently created the non profit Maternal Wellness Program. Its mission is to end the stigma […]
Did you know 1 in 5 kids in West Michigan are affected by hunger? Today (Friday, March 22) you can be apart of raising awareness during Kids’ Food Basket, ‘Go Orange Day’. Everyday Kids’ Food Basket provides thousands of sack suppers to kids across West Michigan, food they might otherwise go without. There are several ways you can take part in today, click on the events here or you can simply wear orange to spread the word.