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!

Recent Articles
  • Kent County nonprofit helping people with special needs get jobs

    LOWELL, Mich. — A West Michigan nonprofit is on a mission to give people with disabilities a chance to work and volunteer once they finish school. While it may not seem like a big deal for some, being able to go to work every day or volunteer for an event is something people with special needs look forward to each day. “It makes me feel happy”, says Phillip Vineing who got help from Beyond 26, a Wyoming nonprofit that connects […]

  • March of Dimes: The Strength of a Mother’s Love

    They say there is nothing stronger than a mother’s love. It is pure, real, and raw. It stands the test of time and stops at nothing to protect her child. Rachel Jewell felt that long before she ever met her son. Rachel had a smooth pregnancy, up until 27 weeks when she woke up one morning very swollen. Rachel ended up at the hospital in OB triage and was diagnosed with preeclampsia. Doctors told her she would have to stay […]

  • Veterans share their stories, get free haircuts for Veterans Day

    JENSION, Mich. — Today is a day to honor Veterans who have fought for our freedom and lived to tell the tale. FOX 17 Morning News wanted to show some of them a small token of appreciation for their sacrifice. With the help of Waterford  Place in Jenison we invited Veterans there to join us for free donuts courtesy of the Donut Conspiracy and free hair cuts donated by hairstylist  Megan Hislop who without hesitation wanted to help. It was […]

  • ADHD cases on the rise in school-age children, psychologist says

    KENT COUNTY, Mich. — It’s a condition that affects families and children around the world – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD. October is ADHD Awareness Month, a time where doctors are hoping to educate parents on what they need to know about getting the right diagnosis for their child. For parents, it could mean your child has difficulty following instructions, managing themselves, their emotions and their behaviors. “ADHD has become a really significant problem for a lot of kids […]

  • Fremont double amputee learns to walk again

    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 […]

  • West Michigan girl defying the odds as she fights AFM

    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 celebrating 4 years

    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 […]

  • Renew Mama Studio celebrating 4 year anniversary with party

    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 […]

  • Big changes for local mom after working with professional organizer

    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 […]

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