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
  • Teen with autism puts on awesome Halloween display

    PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Aaron Blum has so many animatronics in his Halloween display, he can’t even count them all. He’s been at this since 2015, each year growing his show at 3031 Gold Dust St. in Plainfield Township just a little more. In addition to a passion for all things spooky, Aaron is on the autism spectrum. And this kid loves a good scare. “One guy even said h-e-double-hockey-sticks when going in there,” Aaron Blum said. This Halloween display […]

  • Injunction on flavored vape ban good news for local shop owners

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A judge overruled Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s ban on the sale of flavored vape products Friday, and that’s good news for Ron Pease, owner of Mister E Liquid in Grand Rapids. “With the preliminary injunction being granted, we are happy to sell you that product,” Pease said. Starting Tuesday, flavored e-liquids are back available for sale. “If you came in yesterday, that would be a different story,” Pease said. Mr. E’s is able to have products ready […]

  • West Michigan reacts to violence in Middle East

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Just hours after President Donald Trump announced economic sanctions on Turkey for its offensive against ethnic Kurds in Syria, Trump called the Turkish president requesting a ceasefire. U.S. leaders say the sanctions on the Turkish economy will remain in place until the violence there ends. This past weekend, Trump ordered all U.S. troops to be withdrawn from northern Syria, which drew criticism from his own party. Without the protection of American troops, U.S. officials say the […]

  • Woman inside house describes moments after it was hit by car that caught fire

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich– A home in Grand Rapids was hit early Sunday morning, after police say a vehicle that was speeding near Fuller and Lake crashed into it and caught on fire. The driver didn’t survive. Hannah Colmer lives in the house that was hit around 2:30 a.m., and says it was quite the wake up call. “I heard this pounding on my door. I thought someone was trying to break in or someone was drunk,” Hannah Colmer said. When […]

  • Sparta teen who wasn’t supposed to walk marches in marching band

    SPARTA, Mich. — It’s been a long road to the 50-yard line for Aaron VanKampen. At just one year old, he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. But Aaron hasn’t let that stop him from his dream of being in the marching band. We first introduced you to Aaron back in 2007. That’s when he got a breakthrough surgery that made it possible for him to walk. By 2013, he was walking on his own. “Usually, it’s the only thing I’m […]

  • 5-year-old cancer survivor gets shopping spree, donates most toys

    KENTWOOD, Mich. — Five-year-old Zander Wiles’ leukemia is in remission. He was diagnosed at just 8 months old, and underwent two years of chemotherapy. Wednesday afternoon, Zander got the surprise every kid dreams of: a shopping spree at Burlington Coat factory, with a cart full of as many toys as he could fit inside it. “It feels a little overwhelming, it’s really reassuring and good that everyone comes together to support the leukemia lymphoma society,” Zander’s mom, Brooke Wiles, said. […]

  • Grand Rapids city commission unanimously approves marijuana ordinance

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The City of Grand Rapids effectively opted in to recreational marijuana facilities opening up in the city, but there’s a long way to go. The city commission unanimously voted to adopt an ordinance that says businesses need a license to sell marijuana in the city, whether it be recreational or medical. There is no recreational license on the books. At least, not yet. The city planners are still working on that. The point of Tuesday night’s […]

  • Horses showing ribs and alleged neglect draw attention in Belding

    BELDING, Mich. — The Ionia County Sheriff’s Department says its animal control unit is aware of photos of thin horses making the rounds on Facebook. The images were reportedly taken at a home in Belding. Tiffany Armstrong  says she took the pictures, adding that she and her friend, Christine Simons, found the horses looking very thin. Simons and Armstrong say they went to the woman’s house, because Simons paid the woman in Belding to haul her horses to Michigan when […]

  • West Michigan Spay and Neuter Clinic discusses sudden closure

    FRUITPORT, Mich. — Anne Munford and her co-founder of West Michigan Spay and Neuter Clinic built the place with their own two hands. “It’s really a ‘mom and mop’ kind of place,” co-founder Anne Munford said. Munford started the clinic back in October 2010, with the goal of reducing the number of dogs and cats euthanized for space in Muskegon County, by offering affordable spay and neuter services. Back then, less than 25% of adoptable pets in Muskegon were saved, […]

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