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.

Recent Articles
  • Former volunteer firefighter in Calhoun County seeking help with medical bills

    MARSHALL, Mich. — Bryan Miller said he remembers the night when he knew he had a serious heart problem. He took his friend out to dinner and noticed that it started racing rapidly. He said he’s always had a “funky flutter” with his heart. However it raced for most of night and did not slow down. “I went to the hospital and they told me I had afib [or Atrial Fibrillation],” said Miller who was a volunteer fireman for 28 […]

  • New online system helps victims of sexual assault track status of rape kits

    CALHOUN COUNTY, Mich. — Victims of sexual assault will no longer have to wait to get answers about their cases. Thanks to new web-based system called Track-Kit they can now keep a close eye on the status of their individual rape kits. “Bottom line the concern for the wellbeing and the safety of the victim is the reason why were’ tracking it to begin with,” said Calhoun County Sheriff Matt Saxton. “I don’t think we’ve had that issue here in […]

  • Otsego business owner making sure local students don’t worry about paying for lunch

    OTSEGO, Mich. — A few weeks ago Don Miller heard a story that inspired him to write a $7,000 check to Otsego Public Schools and Plainwell Community Schools, he said. A businessman in Indiana paid off the lunch debts of a school district there. Miller wanted to do the same. “That’s something that needs to get done around here,” Miller recalled himself saying after he heard the story. “These schools have done a great job of educating our kids and […]

  • Kalamazoo police warn drivers: do not leave cars running unattended

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Kalamazoo Public Safety is warning to all residents to not leave their cars running unattended. Sgt. Keaton Nielsen said this week at least three vehicles have been stolen that way, including one Thursday morning. “Well as the weather starts to turn towards winter, temperatures drop and snow starts to fall, generally it turns into a crime of opportunity,” said Sgt. Nielsen during an interview at KDPS headquarters. “People like to go out in the morning, start their […]

  • Business in White Pigeon taking donations for family affected by the house fire

    WHITE PIGEON, Mich. — News of the fatal house fire Tuesday morning shook the community, Andrew Morris said. Eleven people were living in that home on Chicago Road when it caught fire at 3 a.m. Nine survived. Two did not, including one little boy. “The child that lost his life [was] 7 and I have one at 7 as well,” said Andrew Morris while  holding his youngest son, 4-year-old Ryder. “It’s definitely very heartbreaking.” The other person who died was […]

  • Veterans mural to go up in Battle Creek, artist says it may be largest in the U.S.

    BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Matt Sharum is not afraid of heights. He’s a muralist based in Dearborn and has once gone as high as 60-feet to complete one he said. However, as soon as the weather gets warmer in 2019 he’ll be going even higher. “Believe it or not every time I see it, it looks smaller and smaller to me,” Sharum said while looking at silos that stand close to 200 feet tall. Sharum said that he’s been commissioned […]

  • Food Dance in Kalamazoo ‘excited’ to be back in business

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Before Julie Stanley could finish reading her speech she cried. She told the crowd at her restaurant Food Dance that she was going to try to hold it together but she couldn’t. Her voiced cracked when she thanked people for sticking by their side since the fire happened in late September. Thursday evening, they re-opened. “It’s very exciting. It’s been nine weeks of hell,” laughed Stanley during an interview earlier that day. “We’re totally ecstatic about it. […]

  • Kalamazoo restaurant reopening after September fire

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — A popular restaurant in downtown Kalamazoo is reopening its doors after a 9-week hiatus. A fire forced the abrupt closure of Food Dance in September, but the restaurant was packed Thursday for their grand reopening party. Owner Julie Stanley said the fire was her worst nightmare. The flames were contained to the duct system, but filled the building with smoke. She says it was caused by the duct not being cleaned properly by an outside company. They’ve […]

  • Stores in downtown Kzoo going all out for 1st ever holiday window display contest

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Every year Cherri Emery decorates the Christmas tree in the front of her store Chocol’art with the dried hydrangeas from her garden, she said. Emery adds to it decorative boxes and lights, keeping the display “simple but elegant.”  However, this year she added little extra. “We do chocolate,” Emery said about her business. “We have an antique horse in here that we use all the time and we actually put a Willy Wonka hat on him.” She […]