Anyone who knows me knows that I love sports and food, the color green, traveling, Chicago-style hotdogs, the Golden Girls and all different kinds of cheeses. (Nothing tops a robust parmesan.) But one of the things I love most is people. I love people! Short, tall, rich, poor, bald, Rapunzel. It doesn’t matter. Meeting new people and getting to know the storyline of their lives is one of my life’s greatest thrills. And the fact that I get to share their stories wth FOX 17 viewers — whether triumphant or challenging — is an honor.
I could’ve told you the basics about me: graduated with journalism degrees from Univ. of Illinois Urbana-Champagne and Boston University, did my dissertation on race and English football while living in London and worked for New England Sports Network for many years. But that’s all blah, blah, blah.
Bottom line, I like people. And hopefully one day I can meet you.
TEXAS TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Amy Coon considers herself to be a pretty composed person, she said. But once she began speaking during the town hall about the ongoing floods Thursday morning, she cried. “It’s really hard to get through this. I’m sorry,” she said while crying. “I just feel like we’re all at this breaking point.” Coon was among the dozens of residents who packed the Texas Township meeting room, discussing the flooding issues at Eagle Lake, Crooked Lake and […]
MARSHALL, Mich. — Dozens of police dogs and their K-9 handlers filled the Calhoun County Fairgrounds Wednesday afternoon running in and out of vehicles and buildings as part of a training session. “It’s vastly important. It’s next level,” said organizer and K-9 deputy Guy Picketts about the three-day training program. “ (It’s) world class training, you know, here in Calhoun County Michigan.” Standing in the middle of it all was the instructor, Patrick Petersen. He and fellow instructor Frank Rotscheid […]
MATTAWAN, Mich. — When Mr. Hamman asked his art students at Mattawan Middle School to pick a celebrity to create a portrait of, 7th grader Tessa Podd chose actresses Halle Berry and Jennifer Lopez. Her classmate Alexis Wild chose actor Chris Pratt. Both students said they picked those celebrities, and a few others, because they have inspiring and similar stories. “We are basically just taking magazines that we cut up, and picking colors and putting it over black and white […]
BARRY COUNTY, Mich. — The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado touched down on Barryville Road around 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. They ranked it a F-0 — the lowest in the Fujita Scale that measures a tornado’s intensity — and it lasted only three minutes. However its damage stretched a mile long. “If you ever have a tornado hit your area, you want a zero,” said Barry County Sheriff Dar Leaf. “It comes up to a five. That’s what they […]
KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Federal agents with the Buearu of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were at the site of the church fire on Phelps street Friday. The agents said that it’s standard protocol for the bureau to investigate all church fires because of the possibility that it may be a hate crime. According to Kalamazoo Public Safety, the Open Door Church of God in Christ caught on fire Wednesday around 1:30 p.m. Officers told us then that when they arrived, […]
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Battle Creek Police are looking for the suspect who lit a car on fire Wednesday morning by throwing two Molotov cocktails at it. “This definitely seems like it’s something personal,” Detective Sgt. Todd Elliott said during an interview at police headquarters. “You don’t usually just have somebody come up and throw a Molotov cocktail at your car.” Elliott said police and fire crews were dispatched to the home on Capital Avenue around 3:45 a.m. They received […]
ALBION, Mich. — As soon as Lonnie Spencer stepped onto the baseball field at Victory Park, he immediately noticed the pitching mound was still there. Teams hadn’t played there in years, he said. It was now covered with dandelions. But he walked straight to mound, stood on it and reminisced about his playing days. “I remember pitching here,” Spencer said. “Was some exciting times. I guess I was a baseball nut so to speak.” Spencer played baseball in high school […]
STURGIS, Mich. — Reagan Martin’s 9-year-old brother loved his mother and father, she said. He loved to fish, hunt and play soccer too. But whenever he misbehaved he always told his parents, “I love you mommy. I love you daddy.” “He was a normal little boy,” Reagan said about her brother, who the family adopted when he was just 3 months old. “He wasn’t odd or seemed odd.” However, since Monday she’s been angry with him and shocked. According to […]
VICKSBURG, Mich. — The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety parked its bomb squad truck outside of the old and abandoned paper mill on Highway Street Tuesday morning. They were told that a former employee of the mill was disgruntled and once said that he wanted to turn the building into “something new.” However, the scenario wasn’t real. It was part of a training session for the bomb squad and their robot, the Andros-F6 A. “This is the kind of trainings […]