I walked in the door at FOX 17 in October of 2013. At that time I was working behind the camera, shooting stories and breaking news on a daily basis. Since then I have had the chance to do a little bit of everything in the newsroom.
I spent 3 years running our news desk before moving to an on-air reporting position. At the desk I would take phone calls, monitor police/fire scanner traffic and dispatch our news crews.
Prior to my time at FOX 17, I worked at GRTV (Grand Rapids’ Public Access TV) directing and producing community-based content. Before stepping into the broadcasting world, I spent several years working as an in-home caregiver to children living with autism.
I currently live my beautiful fiance, our cat and our two birds!
Please reach out if you have an interesting story to tell or a suspicious situation you would like us to look into.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A grief specialist from Emmanuel Hospice is offering tips for dealing with Father’s Day when struggling with the loss of a loved one. Ashley Huisman, Bereavement Manager at Emmauel Hospice, says days that are typically reserved to celebrate family members, like Father’s Day, can become very trying times for those mourning the loss of a father or father figure. She tells FOX 17, “Throughout the rest of the year, we can often avoid certain things or […]
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Allergy specialists say we are currently in the peak season of grass and cottonwood allergies. FOX 17 spoke to Nicholas Hartog, MD, an allergy and immunology specialist with Spectrum Health, who says we are currently seeing high levels of both in the air. “During this time period the grass is typically whats most active … We’re also seeing the cottonwood blooming right now. So when we get that overlap between two different groups of allergies, is […]
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A man, along with his children, is attempting to thank police officers for their service in all 50 states. Nathaniel Carroll, who lives with his family in Wisconsin, started his ‘thanking law enforcement challenge’ back in January. Since then he has thanked 329 officers. Most of them he has reached via writing a letter. Others he has had the chance to meet in person. Ultimately, Nathaniel is hoping to reach officers in every county in the […]
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A sculpture artist is hard at work putting the finishing touches on a giant wooden hand in the front yard of an Eastown home. “Well, I have to do its nails,” sculptor Bearclaw Jack responds when asked how much he has left to finish. He expects his 12-foot wood carving to be completed with just a few more hours of work. Bearclaw Jack was hired by homeowner Heather McGartland to fashion a giant hand out of […]
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Local veterans in West Michigan are remembering their time in service on the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. Thursday marks 75 years since the Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, causing thousands to lose their lives in the process. FOX 17 had a chance to speak to several World War II veterans living at Covenant Village of the Great Lakes retirement community. “Once you tell the story, it becomes a little easier, but it […]
MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. — An event happening this weekend will allow residents of Muskegon County to trade in their firearm for a $100 gift card. Muskegon Heights Police Department Chief Joseph Thomas launched the program after being approached by a resident about an idea to get people more involved with removing guns from the streets. “It doesn’t look right when you first do it. Because we’re used to people being arrested and getting citations and things like that,” he told […]
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A Grand Rapids couple is facing thousands of dollars in damage after a type of pipe once commonly used for water lines in West Michigan burst. Joe Russell and Kim Vetter moved into their home in March. They said everything with the home was going well until Memorial Day weekend, when they woke up to a basement filled with water. “I came downstairs hearing rushing water and as soon as I stepped foot on the carpet, […]
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Local music aficionado Tyler Dykema is throwing a music festival for the third year in a row. The two-day Skitchin’ Fest 3.0 happens this weekend at The Pyramid Scheme. Dykema lives with a disability, but more importantly, he lives and breathes local music. After starting a zine, also called Skitchin’, in March of 2016, he set his sights on organizing a live music event. Skitchin’ Fest was born. This year’s festival will include eight local bands […]
BOWNE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A veteran in West Michigan is working to bring home the remains of a family member killed overseas decades ago. Robert Buys comes from a long line of military service members. His grandfather and father served their country during wartimes. His father was honorably discharged a few months early because of a family connection to the family of then-Congressman Gerald Ford. “Congressman Gerry Ford pulled some strings and got my dad to come home early. My grandmother […]