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.
KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Austin Abdall said he was hanging out with his roommates and friends on his front porch Thursday night when a car sped down the road and shot paintballs at them. “You can see a couple of bullets,” Abdall said pointing to the orange spots on his house on Greenwood Avenue. “A couple of us got hit. I got hit in the leg but I was wearing pants.” Everyone was scared he said. One of his friends was […]
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — City officials announced Wednesday at 5:05 p.m. that the boil water advisory has been lifted. Maryann Angelo and the staff at Barista Blues Cafe were smiling when they found out. They followed the guidelines closely but it the advisory took them out of their comfort zone. “It makes you have to rethink things,” Maryann said during an interview at cafe. “Something so easy as grabbing a glass of water for somebody, you know, and we saw […]
MARSHALL, Mich. — Last summer, Katy Banfield had no intention of leaving her job at Kelloggs, she said. She had been there 26 years and enjoyed it. However, the moment she stepped inside the villa style home on Verona Road, she fell in love. “You walk in, and it’s just like the wow factor. It’s magnificent and elegant,” Banfield said during an interview at the house. “I could just see myself here, and I want to make people happy. Just […]
KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Nick Nieboer has been on cloud nine for the last few months, he said. Back in October 2018 he competed in the Grand Rapids Marathon for hand cycling but he almost backed out. His anxiety was so high the night before that he only got one hour of sleep. However he pushed through it and completed the race in a record time of 01:35:09. “Once I crossed that finish line, I spread my arms out. I was […]
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Elisha Hodge said she’s been working so much lately that she doesn’t know how many customers she’s seen at her store Plumeria Botanical Boutique. When she arrived to work at 8 a.m. Thursday, an hour before they opened, a customer was already waiting for her. “They’re like ‘I see you’re in the back, can you just unlock [the door],’” Hodge said smiling. “So yeah, I have no idea how many have been through the door today.” […]
KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Before Channing Harp went down the snowy hill, her father warned her that she was going to move side-to-side during the descent. He advised her to stay balanced. Channing smiled at him, hopped into her pink sled, and went down the hill screaming. “It is so much fun,” Channing said, “because you get to go down the hills very, very, very fast.” Channing’s father Anthony said she had been begging to go sledding for a while. Last […]
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Anyone caught holding a cell phone while driving in Battle Creek will soon be issued a ticket. “The current law in the State of Michigan talks about distracted driving but it’s written very specific to texting,” said Chief Jim Blocker with the Battle Creek Police Department. “This is more specific to just the broad use of manipulating your cell phone in your hand or perhaps in your lap.” The City of Battle Creek approved the new ordinance on […]
SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. — When Bob Higgs spoke to the dermatologist at Bronson Hospital about the burns on his sister’s body, the doctor said she was doing better than expected. He then visited the place were her home once stood on 104th Avenue in Casco Township and stared at the charred rubble. “It was a blessing that she made it out of there alive,” Higgs said during an interview at the site. “I don’t know how she did it.” Higgs […]
CUTLERVILLE, Mich. — For Sarah Smith, staying at home another day was out of the question. She and her family have no power. Her two little boys haven’t been in school all week, and the generator they’ve been running doesn’t warm up the whole house. “Oh it’s challenging,” Smith said while holding her 2-year-old son in her arms. “It’s really really hard trying to communicate to them why we can’t turn on different things in our house. (We) can’t get […]