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Rebecca joined Fox 17 in March 2016 after spending nearly two years in the Upper Peninsula as a reporter at TV6 in Marquette, Michigan. Her time in the U.P. was spent covering the latest winter storm and reporting rink side at college hockey games, but she also traveled to San Diego to experience Marine Corps boot camp firsthand.

Rebecca graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and English. Before graduating, Rebecca spent time interning at Comcast Sportsnet New England in Boston and ESPN Radio in State College, PA.

Rebecca grew up outside of Philadelphia in Southern New Jersey. She’s a lover of all Philadelphia sports teams and, of course, the Penn State Nittany Lions.

Rebecca enjoys spending time at the beach, sailing, cooking and playing the piano.

Rebecca is excited to be in West Michigan and can’t wait to tell your stories!

Recent Articles
  • New Grand Rapids parking meters frustrating residents, business owners

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Earlier this month, Grand Rapids announced the addition of more than 100 new pay stations at parking spaces that were previously free. Drivers can pay at the meter or use the Motu app, but there is still some confusion about how it works. Residents like Josh Cohen and Haile Kulczyk used to be able to park on the street in front of their Cherry Street apartment for free until the meters showed up. “We’re parking at […]

  • Purple Backpack Project provides winter survival kits for homeless

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — It may not even be fall yet, but one organization in Grand Rapids is already looking toward winter and making sure they take care of the homeless. It’s called the Purple Backpack Project and was started by three people who’ve either experienced homelessness themselves or were passionate about helping others. Their goal is to help as many people as they can and to end the stigma surrounding addiction, mental illness and homelessness. As seasons start to […]

  • Community helps family receive free home modifications for son with spina bifida

    STANTON, Mich.– A family in Montcalm County is getting some much-needed help from the community to help give their son a more normal life. The Kooistra family spoke first to FOX 17 in July, where we met 8-year-old Zade who was born with spina bifida. It’s left him in a wheelchair for the rest of his life. The family was asking for help to make their home more adaptive for Zade. They got the help they need thanks to one company who […]

  • App helps in fight against human trafficking by building database of hotel room photos

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– It’s a growing problem around the world, including West Michigan. Now, an app to fight human trafficking is getting ready to launch for use by law enforcement, but the creators need the public’s help to make it more effective. The app is called TraffickCam. Every time you stay in a hotel, you upload a few pictures of your room to the app. It seems simple, but it could mean the difference between saving someone’s life or not. Human […]

  • Halloween attraction ‘The Haunt’ opens Saturday under new ownership

    WYOMING, Mich.– It may be September, but a lot of people are looking to Halloween and a West Michigan favorite is getting ready to open this weekend. This year, The Haunt is under new ownership and a new location. “A haunted attraction, if it is done right, involves a lot of different emotions for a lot of different people,” said Doug Shelden, CEO of The Haunt. Shelden is the new owner of The Haunt and says this year is better […]

  • MDHHS responds to multiple failures in Child Protective Services audit

    LANSING, Mich.– A recent audit found multiple problems when it comes to  Michigan’s Child Protective Services. The report released last Thursday by the Office of the Auditor General found 17 material findings from a list of 23 total between May 2014 and July 2016. That list includes reports of CPS workers not doing proper background checks and not interviewing alleged abuse victims. In a scathing 107 page report, the Office of the Auditor General outlined numerous areas where Michigan Child Protective […]

  • Restored Vietnam-era PBR boat celebrates veterans and supporters at Muskegon County celebration

    MUSKEGON, Mich. — An Army veteran in Muskegon County who spent the last few years restoring a Vietnam War-era PBR boat is finally unveiling all of his hard work to the public. FOX 17 first met Robert Bowyer two and half years ago, when the PBR boat was bare bones and in no condition to run. After hundreds of hours and countless volunteers, the PBR 7331 finally made its way into the water this past weekend with a group of […]

  • Lifelong friend of the Syreks shares fondest memories

    BALDWIN, Mich.– A lifelong friend of Patty and Ted Syrek spoke with FOX 17 on Friday. The couple was found dead inside their home in Bowne Township on Tuesday.  Their son-in-law has been charged in their murder. Martha Riggs has known Patty Syrek since they were 19 years old. They were Maid of Honor in each other’s weddings and no matter where life took them, they always made time for one another. Martha says Patty was one in a million […]

  • GR Symphony remembers Rich DeVos

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– The Grand Rapids Symphony might not exist if it wasn’t for Rich DeVos and the rest of his family. DeVos was instrumental in starting the symphony. They’re remembering DeVos as a friend and strong supporter of arts and culture in Grand Rapids. A lover of music and the arts, Rich DeVos and his wife, Helen, provided the funds in 1974 to hire the first musicians for the symphony. To this day, four of the five spots are […]