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!
FREMONT, Mich. — A West Michigan man is Beating the Odds after an accident on the job caused him to lose both of his legs above the knee. Two years ago Nathan Wolford was in an accident that would forever change his life, but with the help of local doctors Nathan is now able to walk again and is hoping to inspire other amputees along the way. “I had a summer job working for the department of summer works in […]
One day last year, “we were just playing and active and healthy. And here she is on a ventilator, you know, fighting for her life.” Alecia Hanson is talking about her 7-year-old daughter, Olivia, who was diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis. You might remember talk of the polio-like illness hitting kids around the U.S. last year. It’s a rare but serious illness that causes weak muscles and paralysis. As of January 2019 there have been more than 200 confirmed cases. […]
Renew Mama Studio is a place dedicated to the health and wellness of moms. On Saturday, they’re celebrating 4 years with an Anniversary Party. You can take a class for just $4! Barre 8:15 – 9:00 am Prenatal Yoga 9:15 – 10:00 am Kids Yoga (ages 4-8) 9:15 – 10:00 am Family Yoga (all ages) 10:15 – 11:00 am There will also be face painting for the kids, henna tattoos, snacks, and more! You can also meet the teachers and […]
PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. — It is hard to believe but Renew Mama Studio is celebrating four years in business this weekend. The event is planned for Saturday, June 1 at the studio 5161 Northland Drive NE. Classes will cost you $4 each and there is a list of activities below. Barre 8:15 – 9:00 am Prenatal Yoga 9:15 – 10:00 am Kids Yoga (ages 4-8) 9:15 – 10:00 am Family Yoga (all ages) 10:15 – 11:00 am The first 50 […]
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 […]