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I’m an East sider by birth (Warren, Michigan) and a Spartan by blood (Class of 2017)

Number one complaint from my elementary school teachers was that I talked too much to my classmates. Now I get paid to talk to people. Funny how life works out.

Got my start in news in Sioux Falls, South Dakota at KELO TV. Before that I won some awards and stuff for my reporting at MSU. I guess I won three “Emmys” or something but I credit all my accomplishments to the awesome mentors I found in East Lansing.

Fun facts: I have never ran a mile, wrestling is my favorite sport, my middle name is Kay, (Although if you call me Julie Kay I will automatically think I am in big trouble…thanks mom), and I love telling stories.

I’ve been telling them since before I could write them down myself. My mom, Karen, bless her heart, transcribed my earliest works when I was 3. Now I get to share your stories every day. I mean it when I say it’s an honor and privilege to do so. Without you, I wouldn’t be doing the coolest job on earth.

So I’m sorry to all the teachers who had to tell me to quiet down over the years… but I’m so grateful I didn’t. It put me in the position to meet all of you.

Find me everywhere @JulieDunmire

Recent Articles
  • Former Holland woman remembered by mom she helped with custody battle

    HOLLAND, Mich. — A former Holland woman was found dead over the weekend in a southern California condo after her and her boyfriend were victims of an apparent homicide. The bodies of 48-year-old Wendi Miller and her 38-year-old friend Darren Partch were found Sunday evening, and police are investigating their deaths as homicides. A friend of Miller remembers her as someone who helped moms going through custody battles like she had been through. Miller, previously Wendi Carpenter, was charged in […]

  • Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital concerns result in state audit

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — The state auditor general is investigating the care and staffing at Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital after a request from state Sen. Winnie Brinks of Grand Rapids and Rep. Jon Hoadley of Kalamazoo. “We started hearing concerns late last year, that there was issues with staffing, and having an adequate number of staff, that creating unsafe situations for both patients and employees,”Brinks said. The information requested by Brinks and Hoadley revealed staff works a surprisingly high amount of overtime. […]

  • Walker apartment proposal concerns neighbors

    WALKER, Mich. — Despite not receiving any blueprints, the Walker Planning Commission held a meeting Wednesday night on a proposed apartment building project. Neighbors showed up to voice their concerns to the proposed 46-unit apartment complex on Cummings Avenue near Walker Community Park. The lot’s owner wants to sell it to developers, but people in the neighborhood don’t like the idea, saying it would add more traffic and people. “This was our first chance to come forward and show what […]

  • Grand Rapids diocese, fire department respond to Notre Dame fire

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. —The Grand Rapids Diocese says the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris touches the lives of Catholics across the world, including West Michigan. “I immediately dropped everything to go to the news feeds to see what I could see. I didn’t want to see much of it. It was a very very horrible thing to witness,” Reverend Bishop David Walkowiak said. Walkowiak remembers praying at Notre Dame just before it was officially announced that he would […]

  • Belding vet laid to rest

    BELDING, Mich. — Denny Craycraft died unexpectedly at 72 years old. Sunday, he was given a proper goodbye, from VFW members in Belding, and all over the state of Michigan. Craycraft is known for his vision, a veteran memorial in his hometown of Belding.  But he is more than just the memorial wall created by his efforts. Denny is beloved by Belding, so loved in fact, the best place to hold his memorial service was in the Belding High School […]

  • 9-year-old bracket brainiac picks championship game

    ROCKFORD, Mich. — Phil Roberts Jr. is 9 years old. He loves math and has a knack for sports statistics. Phil Roberts Sr. says his kid has always taken to predicting games and is only getting better each year. This year, he picked three Final Four contestants correctly: Virginia, Auburn, and Texas Tech. He also correctly predicted Texas Tech would lose in the championship game to Virginia with a combined score of 157, just five points over the actual total. […]

  • Missing Hesperia man’s family looking for closure

    HESPERIA, Mich — The family of Steve Millis is still searching for information that could help bring him home. “Until he’s here, I’m going to look for him,” says Millis’s daughter, Amber Babcock. Steve disappeared shortly after he was seen at the Dollar General in Hesperia this January. “I have to keep picking the scab at this wound, to keep it fresh in everybody’s mind,”  Millis was planning to meet someone to sell them fishing poles, but now Babcock believes […]

  • Spring Lake man is a squirrel savior

    SPRING LAKE, Mich. — Brad Boyink has a unique hobby: rescuing squirrels. He does all his operations at West Michigan Squirrel Rehab out of pocket, saying he has the financial means to make it happen, and he doesn’t want people to shy away from asking for help when they find baby squirrels, because people might feel obligated to donate. It’s a complicated process. Brad has special feeding syringes and zoological-grade formula for the squirrels he rescues. Since he started operations about […]

  • 12-year-old boy fed up with potholes; fixes them himself

    MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich–  After his mother’s vehicle fell victim to a pothole on Maffett Street in Muskegon Heights, 12-year-old Monte Scott decided he had had enough. He said on his street alone, there were more than 50 potholes. “I decided to take action,” Scott said. With a shovel in hand, Monte filled in the pothole that popped his mom’s tire. “I just didn’t want anyone else to get a flat tire,” Scott said. His good deed didn’t go unnoticed. Soon, […]

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