Derek is a graduate of Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Broadcast Journalism. Derek is a two decade veteran of the television news industry. His career began in Phoenix, and included stops in Tennessee and Washington before arriving in West Michigan more than a decade ago. He is a native of St. Louis and split his childhood between St. Louis and New Jersey.
Derek and his wife have two active boys and live in Jenison where he coaches baseball.

Recent Articles
  • More than a game: Quad rugby lifts athletes’ spirits

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — On Sunday, dozens of wheelchair athletes gathered at MSA Fieldhouse for the annual “Thunderfest” quad rugby tournament. The event is put on by Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, and features participants from states like Texas, Minnesota, Wisconsin and New York. “This is the only time we play in the home state. All the rest of the season we’re traveling out of state so this is a nice opportunity for our family and friends to come and […]

  • Legal Assistance Center going strong for nearly two decades in Kent Co.

    Dealing with the legal system in a courtroom can be a stressful time, but you don’t have to go it alone.  The Legal Assistance Center in Grand Rapids has been helping people across West Michigan for nearly two decades and it’s completely free. “In civil cases, you do not have a constitutional right to a lawyer.  I think people think you do because you hear about it in criminal cases”, says Tom Sinas of Sinas-Dramis Law Firm.  Civil cases involve […]

  • Forget ‘helicopter’ parenting, are you a ‘lawnmower’ parent?

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – By now most people have heard of “helicopter parenting,” the slang term for parents virtually hovering or overseeing anything and everything their child does, whether it’s playing with a friend, doing their homework or just their day-to-day interaction with others. Counselors are now dealing with a new term that takes “helicopter parenting” to the next level. It’s called “Lawnmower parenting,” says Tracy Thompson, Licensed Professional Counselor with The Fountain Hill Center for Counseling and Consultation in […]

  • Mandatory pitch count rule for HS baseball; Will it prevent arm injuries?

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Michigan is one of 44 states to enact a mandatory pitch count rule for high school baseball pitchers this season. No pitcher is allowed to throw more than 105 pitches in a single day. Once he does, he is required to take at least three days of rest. For example, a pitcher who throws between 76-105 pitches on a Monday, can’t pitch again until Friday at the earliest. This rule is in response to the growing number […]

  • Medical Moment-Treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.- Approximately 4% of Americans have experienced Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, a painful condition in the hand and wrist.  There are several different ways to treat it, some surgical and others non-surgical.  We take a look at how Spectrum Health treats it in this week’s Medical Moment.

  • Festival of Praise tour in Grand Rapids Thursday

    The Festival of Praise tour is in West Michigan Thursday night. The concert starts a 7 p.m. at DeVos Hall in downtown Grand Rapids.  The Gospel concert is made up of six different performers, all on the stage together for the three hour concert.  Tickets start at $35 and go up. For more information, go to Ticketmaster.

  • Zoo admission $5.29 for Save for Education Day

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-This coming Sunday, May 29th or 5/29, admission to John Ball Zoo costs only $5.29.  John Ball Zoo is partnering with Edward Jones this holiday weekend to offer discounted Zoo admission in honor of 529 college savings plans.  Greg Flick with Edwards Jones and Jen Conley from the zoo explained the deal Friday morning and also brought a guest along with them on the Fox 17 morning news.

  • Making local teachers leaders

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-At her State of the Schools address in April, Grand Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Teresa Weatherall-Neal said one goal is to help leaders in the school district “be the best” leaders they can be.  Five  schools in West Michigan are half way into a four-year commitment to do just that, thanks to a generous $2-million donation from the Steelcase Foundation and Ed Trust Midwest. Stocking Elementary and Sibley Elementary in the Grand Rapids District and Wyoming Intermediate, Parkview […]

  • Fit on Fox-Mixing up your routine to progress in the gym

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-When the average person thinks of progress in the gym, they often think about more reps, more sets or maybe more weight added to their workout.  But Friday on Fox 17 Midday, Brian Reimersma from Snap Fitness explained many times the best way to progress in the gym is to mix things up and go outside of your regular routine.    

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