As a FOX 17 Problem Solver, I try to help people who feel they have nowhere else to turn. We have a great team that prides itself in getting results and seeing a situation through to the end.

I couldn’t have imagined having this opportunity when I began at FOX 17 in August 2011. Since then, I’ve reported on a wide range of issues and events happening around West Michigan.

Before helping launch Problem Solvers, I served as the Grand Rapids city commission beat reporter for two years. I covered the region’s largest municipal government.

My professional journalism career began in Lansing. I cut my teeth in the news business at WLNS.
From 2006 to 2011, I wore many hats and reported the news for my last 3 years in the Capital City.

Before that, I graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Go blue!

When I’m not reporting the news, I enjoy spending time with my family, volunteering at my church, and running long distance.


Recent Articles
  • Problem Solved: Woman out $4,500 gets free generator, free installation

    CEDAR SPRINGS, Mich. — Deb Wagner’s call to the FOX 17 Problem Solvers has resulted in her redeeming $6,500 in value. The last time the Problem Solvers visited Wagner she was low on hope and out $4,500 to electrician Joe Shields. He was supposed to purchase a Generac generator with that money. However, in the past 8 months, all he’d done was cash her check. Wagner called Generac, who she says, originally referred her to Joe Shields. “They said it […]

  • Man mistakenly declared dead, funds frozen

    NEWAYGO COUNTY, Mich. — Dan Bergman says he found out last week he’d been declared dead when he couldn’t use his credit cards, and his Social Security check didn’t come in via direct deposit. “Everything’s been reported that I’m dead,” he said. Bergman showed FOX 17 a condolence letter a creditor wrote to his estate. Another creditor forgave his student loans. He visited the Social Security office to straighten things out. “They said, ‘We show you (are) deceased. There’s one […]

  • Farmer: Bear rips liner in Sparta, threatening groundwater

    SPARTA, Mich. — After 51 years of farming, Jim May says this is the first time he’s had a bear as a nuisance. “You could see footprints here from the bear,” he pointed. He says his son discovered rips and tears in the protective liner surrounding their fertilizer tanks on Tuesday. He said the two tanks hold a combined 18,000 gallons of fertilizer. “If one of those tanks rupture and with the tears that’s in this liner, my fertilizer will […]

  • Woman sentenced for starving several horses to death

    MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. —  Bobbi Jo VanKoevering, 43, is headed to jail for two months for starving three horses to death. Earlier this year, she pleaded no contest to felony animal abandonment/cruelty. The Muskegon County Prosecutor’s Office says this charge is treated the same as a guilty plea by the court. The prosecutor’s office says it was the suspect’s former roommate who tipped them off to the horses’ condition. In addition to three dead horses, authorities removed other malnourished animals […]

  • Warning: Bogus phone call costs couple $4,200

    FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Ann and Lynn Raymond say they received a phone call from “Apple support,” or so they thought. Within a couple of hours, they say they gave $4,200 worth of Target and eBay gift cards to the caller. “I was devastated because they had taken all our money. They had maxed out all our credit cards,” Ann Raymond said. On Nov. 8, the Fruitport Township couple says the phone call came in at 10 p.m. “They had […]

  • Community holding donation drive as family recovers from home explosion

    EGELSTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — The community is coming together to support the Stock family who lost their home to a gas explosion in Muskegon County. Two people are recovering from their injuries as investigators try to find out what exactly happened yesterday at the Barnes Road property. Fire chief Mark Cleveland says it was propane gas, and family says the tank was filled not long before the explosion. However, what led to that explosion is unknown and still under investigation. […]

  • Ada Township residents concerned about potential gas station development

    ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Residents in Ada Township have voiced concerns over a potential gas station development at Pettis Avenue and Knapp Street. That’s why the property owner and J & H Oil Company are holding a meeting tonight with those residents. J & H says it sent about 50 postcards to residents late last week about the meeting, where the company hopes to receive feedback. Ada Township resident Andrea Fedewa told FOX 17, “Anybody that’s selling their home wants […]

  • Electrician cashed $4,500 check months ago, never delivered generator

    SPARTA, Mich. — Deb Wagner says she hired an electrician who shocked her by betraying her trust. In March, she made a $4,510 investment in a generator. The registered nurse, who works from home, says she knows what it’s like to lose power. “Without power, I can’t work. I don’t get paid if I don’t work,” Wagner explained. “I have family members that have generators, and they recommended the Generac. So I went on their website and requested a price, […]

  • Deer processors prepare for a busy firearm season

    COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. — As Michigan hunters get ready for firearm season to kick off tomorrow, deer meat processors prepare for a busy rest of the year. Gina Zeigler at Barb’s Deer Processing in Comstock Park says November 15th starts the busiest time of year for them. The shop will get up to a thousand deer to process this firearm season. “Well, right in the beginning we’ll probably get 50 deer in tomorrow,” she said. Zeigler says bow season is […]

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