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
  • Strangers drive elephant table from Minnesota to Michigan to surprise grieving mom

    PORTAGE, Mich. — Prior to Tuesday morning, Sara Hutchinson and Julie Thomas had never met. However they spent the last week messaging back and forth about how to transport a two-feet tall elephant table from Indiana to Michigan.  “I’m the elephant drop,” said Thomas in the parking lot of Trove, an antique thrift store. “I’m picking up the elephant in Portage, Michigan and taking him to Jackson, Michigan.” After that it’ll go to a family in Oxford, Michigan, just north […]

  • Kalamazoo police looking for suspect behind shooting that killed 54-year-old man

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Kalamazoo Public Safety detectives are investigating a shooting that killed a 54-year-old man Wednesday morning. Police said they got a call around 1:40 a.m. that a man was lying in the middle of the road near the intersection of Cobb Street and Mabel Street.  “[Police] did attempt life-saving measures,” said Capt. Brad Misner during an interview at headquarters. “We did notice that he had been shot several times. Our life-saving measures did not work.” The man was pronounced […]

  • Allegan couple ‘excited’ to see son compete on History Channel’s ‘Forged in Fire’

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — The first time Alex Horn lit a forge, it was three feet away from their home in Allegan, Mark recalled. He was a sophomore in high school and was doing it for a YouTube video called How to make a forge. Mark was upset, he said.  “He looked at me. He was furious,” Mark said during an interview with FOX 17. “He was right. Ever since then, I think his mom, the smarter of the two of […]

  • Update: BCPD searching for mother of 8 children who’s been missing since Wednesday

    UPDATE: Missy Skutt has been found safe as of Sunday morning. The Battle Creek Police Department does not plan to release where she was located. BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — The Battle Creek Police Department released pictures of Melissa Sue Skutt, a mother of eight children, who’s been missing for the last two days. “This came into us about 8 a.m. Wednesday morning,” said BCPD Det. Sgt. Todd Elliott during a press conference at headquarters. “The husband had awakened and called […]

  • Kalamazoo County prosecutor says school threats ‘never a joke’

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — The Portage Police Department arrested a 17-year-old girl on Thursday who allegedly posted a school threat on social media toward Portage Northern High School earlier this week. She was the third teenager arrested this week in regards to school threats posted online. “This has a huge impact on the communities, on the schools, on the students on the teachers, on the administration,” said Kalamazoo County prosecutor Jeff Getting about all the threats made this week.  “There’s nothing […]

  • KDPS hopes arrests sends message to kids that school threats have ‘serious repercussions’

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Around 9:30 Tuesday night, the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety began receiving tips about a school threat posted online, said assistant chief David Boysen. It was directed toward Loy Norrix High School, he said. Detectives investigated the threat all night.   “We were able to identify a suspect and located her (Wednesday) morning and arrested her,” Boysen said. “It was a 16-year-old female that we arrested for the terrorist threat.” She’s currently lodged at the juvenile home […]

  • Bangor residents ‘not ready for’ 24 inches of snow on the ground

    BANGOR, Mich. — When Dylan Little saw a yellow hatchback car stuck in the snow at the intersection of Railroad Street and West Monroe, he jumped out of his mom’s vehicle to help.  Megan Kozel pulled into the Sunoco gas station nearby and joined her son and FOX 17 photojournalist Jason Walsh  in pushing the car out. “They need to plow the roads better,” Little said during an interview with FOX 17. “They’re missing a lot of spots.” In one […]

  • Continuous snow leaves several inches on roads in southwest Michigan

    VAN BUREN COUNTY, Mich. — Snow blanketed all of southwest Michigan on Monday, leaving at least 3 inches on the ground.  Several drivers told FOX 17 they were not happy with it.  “I’m gonna tell you that it brought me a slight bit of joy when I saw a truck in the ditch,” said Mandi Schupbach. “They are the people that are flying with four-wheel drive and I’m like ‘what do you have to prove.’ You know just slow down a […]

  • Bobby Hopewell says being mayor of Kalamazoo has been “the journey of my life”

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — The moment former mayor Bobby Hopewell stepped inside the Rose Gold Coffee Company on Michigan Avenue last Friday, a couple stood up to greet him. They each shook his hand and said ‘thank you’ for his service as mayor. “I love this place and appreciated the honor to work for the city and work for these amazing people that work in City Hall every single day to try to deliver for our residents,” Hopewell said during an […]

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