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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
  • Murder victim’s family reacts to first day of admitted killer’s trial

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The man who admitted to killing his girlfriend before being hit by an officer on US-131 near the S-curve after shooting at police had his day in court Tuesday. The defense argues that Adam Nolin “snapped” the day he killed Tia Randall. The prosecution says this was something he had planned because he was jealous Randall was going to date another man. Those who knew Randall best say no matter what, this is the first step […]

  • Man fires back at suspect on crime spree in Allegan County

    FENNVILLE, Mich. — When the suspect in a crime spree throughout Allegan County approached Ernie Caudill’s home on Saturday, he was met by a man who wasn’t afraid to fight back. The suspect was allegedly shooting at homes with an AR-15 after multiple carjackings in the area ranging from Martin to Wayland to Hopkins. The man eventually made his way to Caudill’s home north of Fennville, where Caudill says the suspect was lucky to get away with his life. “He […]

  • Deputies shoot crime spree suspect in Allegan County

    ALLEGAN COUNTY, Mich. — A man is hospitalized after a two-day crime spree that ended with him being shot by Allegan County deputies Sunday morning. According to Allegan County Sheriff Frank Baker, at 7 p.m. Saturday deputies responded to a report of a stolen vehicle in the Martin area. Later in the night, the suspect dumped that vehicle and stole another vehicle from the Wayland area. The suspect crashed this vehicle in the around Hopkins. Deputies attempted a K-9 track, […]

  • Detroit Lions youth football camp comes to West Michigan

    MONTAGUE, Mich. — The Detroit Lions conduct a youth football camp every summer to teach more than just the tricks of the trade. “The game of football might not be as important to some people, it’s the character education we believe that we really want the kids to walk away with,” program director Chris Fritzsching said. Thursday, kids got to practice with Detroit Lion Christopher Washington. For Washington, this is his way to be a role model for kids like […]

  • 30-year-old former college athlete suffers heart attack

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A former Calvin College athlete is graduating from a recovery program Thursday at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital after suffering a heart attack. Danny Rodts called his wife in April and told her he had chest pain. On the way to the hospital, Rodts’ heart gave out. His wife Julie, who is an emergency room nurse, performed chest compressions for six minutes before an officer arrived with an automated external defibrillator. Two shocks later, his heart […]

  • Dog who lost leg back on all fours

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A dog who lost her leg after getting hit by a truck near her Hastings home received a custom-built prosthetic leg on Tuesday. Kitty, an 18-month-old Pyrenees Mountain dog, was hit last Thanksgiving. Her owner, Alicia Miller, says they feared the accident would cost Kitty her life. “Because she was breathing well, I just said a prayer and I said, ‘Lord, if she’s going to die, let her go, so we know,” Miller said. “Right then, […]

  • Grand Rapids Public Schools’ budget suffers due to state uncertainty, federal cuts

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Grand Rapids Public School Board heard the proposed school budget for the first time Monday evening. It’s six million dollars less than budgeted for the last fiscal year, largely because of federal cuts to Title program funding, as well as uncertainty with the state budget. Governor Whitmer has proposed increased state funding per student. But for GRPS, like many other public schools in Michigan, because they are hit by federal cuts as well, the potential […]

  • ‘We held on as long as we could’: West Side Trading Post closing after 31 years

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids’ growing west side is making it hard for one small business to stay open. In a few weeks, West Side Trading post will close. Times are changing, and that can’t be clearer to anyone than Mo and Linda Ahmed. For three decades, they’ve run a convenience store on Grand Rapids’ west side. That business is set to close on June 15. “It was my dream. I worked 14 years in a factory, saved money, […]

  • Loved ones remember girl killed while walking dog with father

    GRANT TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A community is grieving after a 14-year-old girl was killed in a crash while walking her dog with her father. Kaitlynn Scott and her dad were walking on the shoulder of Webster Road in Oceana County Monday evening when they were struck by a farm truck. She was pronounced dead at the scene, and her father is still hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. Some of Kaitlynn’s friends created a memorial where she was killed to honor her […]

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