What’s UP West Michigan?

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
  • Wyoming community mourns loss of mother who fell through ice trying to save dog

    WYOMING, Mich. –The loss of local mother Tracy Cashman is being felt around the Wyoming community. Investigators say the mother of three died  after trying to save her dog after it walked out onto a frozen pond at Battjes Park Saturday night. “Tracy touched a lot of lives,” said Kevin Polsten, superintendent for Godfrey-Lee Public Schools. Cashman was an employee with the district for 15 years. While her official title was director of operations, transportation, and food services, unofficially she […]

  • Confusion sets in as proposal legalizing marijuana possession goes into effect

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. Purple East head shop in Grand Rapids has been celebrating Proposal 1 all day…but manager Gregory Hatt says, they’ve gotten plenty of calls from confused people…asking if they sell marijuana. “We get asked a million times a day, what do you guys think about legalization, what’s going to change, can I buy it, can I smoke it, are you guys selling it? we get asked if we’re a dispensary a few times a day. we get asked […]

  • Man charged with mutilation of a dead body in Grand Rapids case

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Kent County Prosecutor has authorized charges against a Grand Rapids man after the body of a woman was found Sunday afternoon. Jared James Chance, 29, has been charged one count of Mutilation of a Dead Body and one count of Concealing Death of an Individual. He is expected to be arraigned on Wednesday. Police were called to a home in the 900 block of Franklin Street SE at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Responding officers […]

  • Grand Rapids Police updates policy on interacting with youth

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Grand Rapids Police Department is making changes in the way it interacts with the community’s children in its newest version of their Youth Interaction Policy.  The updates come after people shared a number of concerns with the department, mainly about children being placed in handcuffs. At a community meeting in October, people from the community said they wanted more specific ages outlined when it comes to handcuffing policy. The newest version of the department’s rules seem to […]

  • First person to be hand donor in Michigan honored at Rose Bowl Parade

    FREMONT, Mich.– Debra Wyant says her daughter Shayna might no longer be with her, but parts of her daughter live on. “It gives me a lot of joy. I just got a letter from the man who got her lungs, he has nine children. They’re able to have their dad back,” Debra Wyant said. Her daughter Shayna died in 2016 of an ear infection that spread to her brain. Shayna was the mother to a baby boy, and also an […]

  • Blood tests will help determine PFAS exposure in northern Kent County

    PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Water testing for levels of PFAS in northern Kent County wells has been going on for the last year or so. On Tuesday night, the Michigan Department of Health and Human services explained how testing would begin in terms of testing people for PFAS levels in their bodies. In the meeting at Northview High School, the MDHHS and the Kent County Heath Department explained what’s called an “Exposure Assessment,” which aims to detect the levels of […]

  • Three babies dead with signs of “shaken baby syndrome” in West Michigan

    WEST MICHIGAN — Three men from Kent, Kalamazoo and Ottawa Counties are facing charges related to infant deaths in the last week. In Ottawa County, 19-year-old Cameron Toppen was charged Wednesday with first degree child abuse and murder in the death of his girlfriend’s child, 8-month-old Scarlett Bourroughs. Detectives say Toppen admitted to detectives that he “snapped” and shook baby Scarlett to get her to stop crying on November 15 at a home in Grand Haven Township. Toppen is not […]

  • Man charged with murder in death of Grand Haven Twp. baby

    HOLLAND, Mich. — A man has been charged in the death of an 8-month-old girl in Ottawa County. Cameron Toppen was arraigned Wednesday afternoon on open murder and first-degree child abuse charges in the death of Scarlett Burroughs, his girlfriend’s daughter. In court today we heard autopsy results confirm the cause of death to Scarlett was “non accidental head trauma” — Julie Dunmire (@juliedunmire) November 21, 2018 Toppen, 19, was arrested Monday in connection with the Nov. 15 incident at […]

  • A look inside one of West Michigan’s only wolf sanctuaries

    MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. Howling Timbers is a wolf-dog and exotic animal sanctuary in Muskegon, Michigan. Owner Brenda Pearson says a lot of people have never heard of them, including the neighbors. They have 45 wolf dogs, along with other exotic animals and livestock. They take anything besides cats and dogs. Part of the reason Pearson says they have a special place in their hearts for wolves, is that they’re misunderstood. Wolf-dogs are illegal to own in Michigan and many other […]