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.

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    DETROIT, Mich. — Fans continued to celebrate the life and legacy of Aretha Franklin for a second straight day. Dozens brought more balloons and flowers to lay at the memorial created for her Thursday  in front of New Bethel Baptist Church, where she worshipped as a child. Others chose to honor her through dance. “It’s like you just get this kinda of jazzy feeling,” said 11-year-old Simone Simmons. “It’s just, I don’t know how to explain it.” Simmons was a […]

  • Police looking for armed robbery suspects who wore Halloween masks

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety is  looking for the suspects responsible for an armed robbery Tuesday night, police said in a statement. The group entered East Main Food and Beverage store  with guns and wearing Halloweens masks. Police said once they were inside the convenient store, they demanded money from the clerk. However, they went behind the counter and grabbed cash out of the register before running away on East Main Street near Phelps Avenue. “I […]

  • New dam to help bring relief to residents affected by Crooked Lake floods

    DELTON, Mich. — Let the drains begin. Road crews in Barry County began construction Tuesday morning that officials said will ultimately bring relief to residents battling floods on Crooked Lake. “Finally we’re moving,” said Barry County Drain Commissioner Jim Dull during an interview near the construction site. “We’ve had two pre-starts before that. Didn’t get us anywhere. The third one’s a charm.” Dull said he’s been working with DEQ for months trying to find a solution to all the flooding […]

  • Branch Co. Sheriff says short staff is ‘scary’ situation but help is coming

    BRANCH COUNTY, Mich. — According to Sheriff John Pollack, the deputy staffing situation at the department is “scary.” Currently, there are only five deputies on the road. He addressed the issue on the department’s Facebook page after a report emerged that staff cuts meant less road patrol, something he’s been trying to correct for years he said. “Some folks are fairly upset right now because they feel that we’re cutting our services,” he said during an interview at the station. […]

  • 107-year-old woman crosses motorcycle ride off bucket list

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Viola Coleman has fond memories of riding on a motorcycle with her father. She always sat on the side whenever they hit the road. “I was 14 or 15,” Coleman said during an interview. “[We] went to the ballgame. He bought me popcorn [and] crackerjacks.” It was also during that time that she got into a crash, she said, and never rode again. Until Friday afternoon when the staff at Hallmark Living arranged for her to take […]

  • Kalamazoo residents “glad” new grocery store has finally opened in the city

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Sandra Lewis has shopped at Midtown Fresh on Westnedge Avenue twice since it opened on Wednesday, she said. Lewis used to shop at the same location when Hardings was there. However it closed back in 2015,  making the area a food desert. “This fills that gap more than enough,” Lewis said while shopping with her son. “If you’re a gourmet cook or a gourmet eater this is the place to go.” Lewis was among the hundreds of […]

  • New drug recovery center in Battle Creek hopes to put dent into opioid crisis

    BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Groups Recover Together officially opened in Battle Creek Wednesday afternoon, marking the event with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. “We’re pretty excited,” said Tammy Zylstra, a therapist at the center. “Just to get it out there and let people know that we’re here.” Groups Recover Together is open to anyone who struggles with opiate use, she said,  whether it be prescription-based or heroin addiction. Their approach to combat the problem is two-pronged, first treating their patients with the […]

  • Man caught on security camera stealing Battle Creek business owner’s wallet

    BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Angel Velasco knew her wallet was stolen about 10 minutes after it happened, she said. Velasco owns Angel’s Great Detailing and was working outside with a car at the time. Before she left the lobby, the wallet was under the counter. When she returned, it was gone. “Horrible,” she said during an interview, thinking about the incident. “I lost my mind, because this changed my life.” Velasco was grateful that the thief was caught on camera, […]

  • Parchment residents grateful for bottled water distribution but questions still linger

    PARCHMENT, Mich. — Charlotte Tinkey drove up to Parchment High School Monday morning to get two free cases of bottled water for her family. It was her third time doing so in as many days. “When I found out they were doing this I thought it was so amazing that Parchment came together as a community,” Tinkey said during an interview after volunteers put cases in her trunk. Last Thursday night, the city announced that the municipal water was unsafe […]