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.
PORTAGE, Mich. — More than sitting in class and taking drivers education this school year, 15-year-old Sophie Varney is excited to return to the field, she said. She loves softball and has been playing it since she was a kid. “I been playing it for a while and I was super excited for high school ball,” said Sophie, who’s a sophomore at Portage Central High School. “I just love like the team camaraderie and being a part of a team.” […]
DELTON, Mich. — For over a year, Deb Englehardt and other residents on Crooked Lake have been dealing with widespread floods. Water has filled people’s homes, yards and covered their beaches. However, recently, residents received some good news from local officials: the water was finally receding. “We’re down about nine inches which is a good start,” Englehardt said. “We still are nearly 5 and 1/2 feet over our legal lake level. So we have a good deal to go. But, […]
KALAMAZOO, Mich. — The Kosmerick family has been in awe of their new pond, said Jamie. Her two boys, Ethan and Nolan, woke up at four o’clock Wednesday morning and looked out their window just to make sure it was still in their backyard. “Words can’t describe how blessed and thankful we are,” said Jamie about their pond that’s surrounded by boulder rocks and has a waterfall and underwater lights that change colors. Ethan, 15, and Nolan,13, already have plans […]
KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Mayor Bobby Hopewell stood alongside representatives with the Environmental Protection Agency as they announced plans that the old Allied paper mill site will be repurposed into commercial property. “It’s going to become a vibrant area for activity,” Mayor Hopewell said. “Right now it’s been a vibrant area of a whole bunch of contamination in the soil.” It’s because of all the contamination that the EPA designated it a superfund site years ago. The immediately stepped in to […]
KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Kalamazoo Public Safety is actively investigating a sudden spike in robberies in the area, said Executive Lt. Craig Habel. Since May, there’s been six robberies and so far police are working a small list of leads. “That’s been one of the issues,” Habel said during an interview with FOX 17 at headquarters. “We haven’t gotten many leads on this. But the ones we have, we’re currently working and have worked on.” Police are looking for two seperate […]
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Before Betty Young took off for an afternoon flight on Thursday she inspected every inch of her airplane. She checked the flaps on the wings, the oil and gas tanks and the tires below. “I feel better climbing in my airplane than I do in my car,” Young said during an interview at the W.K. Kellogg Airport where she keeps her plane. “That’s for sure.” She then kicked away the stops that held the Cessna 172 […]
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — According to Tucker Kulish, security is always a top priority in the medical marijuana industry. He co-owns Great Lakes Holistics, a medical marijuana dispensary on Columbia Avenue and he said they’re always checking the cameras. “You got to look for everything here. You got to be aware of people coming in that might be a little suspect,” he said during an interview with FOX 17. “Definitely got to keep an eye on things especially after-hours.” So he […]
KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Sherria VanSparrentak is used to fundraising for her students. She’s a pre-K teacher with Kalamazoo RESA Head Start and she’s raised money in the past to get her 3- and 4-year-old students boots, coats, backpacks and nap time blankets. This year, she decided to do shoes and not just for the kids in her classroom. “So I applied for shoes, just over 300 pairs for a large chunk of our students,” said Mrs. Vans, as everyone called […]
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Christy Cooper will never forget how devastated she felt when her son left for the Navy. He graduated from high school on June 20, 2015. Five days later, he was gone. The family was crushed, she said. “When you’re use to being with them 24-7, you know, we were just such a cohesive group that it was definitely kind of broken,” said Cooper, general manager of Totally Memories. They didn’t hear from him much either while […]