Hilary Farrell


Hilary is a General Assignment and Enterprise reporter for WGVU Public Media. She joined WGVU in September 2014 after several years of experience as a local news reporter, anchor and photojournalist in Midland, Saginaw and Bay counties. She's also worked as a financial and business reporter and audio field producer.

Hilary's investigative work has been recognized by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and the Michigan Associated Press, including awards for best investigative and documentary journalism.

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A growing opioid problem has local, state and federal officials teaming up to talk solutions. 

“As a federal prosecutor, we’re not often involved in a public health crisis. But this is different.”

Patrick Miles is the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan.

Four suspects sought in Grand Rapids shooting

Sep 26, 2016
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Police seek four suspects after a man was shot during an overnight confrontation in southeast Grand Rapids.

The Grand Rapids Police Department says officers responded to the scene at 1:35 A.M. on Monday.

Chelsea Clinton speaks at a Grand Rapids campaign stop on Thursday, September 22.
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Chelsea Clinton emphasized healthcare, family leave and closing the gendered pay gap at a Thursday campaign event in Grand Rapids focused on female voters.

The 'Women for Hillary' event drew a couple hundred supporters as part of a two-day tour of several Michigan cities.

In a brief speech, Clinton stressed Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s history of public service and advocacy.

Crowd at ArtPrize
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ArtPrize Eight is officially underway.

More than 1,400 ArtPrize entries are now open for viewing and voting this year at 170 venues across Grand Rapids.

The eighth-annual multi-week festival kicks off Wednesday following multiple preview events.

It runs until October 9.

ArtPrize organizers say this year’s entries hail from 44 countries and 40 U.S. states.

A total of $500,000 is up for grabs.

Round 1 public voting ends on Saturday, October 1, with the top 20 pieces announced the next day.

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Legislative action continues after a state audit earlier this year found multiple issues at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.

A bill adding oversight to state-operated veteran homes passed the House this summer and is up for a Senate committee vote this week. 

Representative Holly Hughes of Montague is the bill's lead House sponsor, and vice chair of the chamber's veterans affairs committee.

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Health officials say a deadly tranquilizer known to cause accidental overdose is likely circulating in west Michigan.

The drug is carfentanil. It’s a synthetic, more potent version of fentanyl.

Carfentanil is used primarily as a tranquilizer for large animals. It's illicitly sold or mixed with heroin, sometimes unknown to the buyer.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services along with local and state law enforcement and health agencies issued a warning about the drug on Monday following a possible case in Kent County.

Gerald R. Ford International Airport
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The Gerald R. Ford airport in Grand Rapids will receive more than $2.5 million in federal funds. 

The funding was announced jointly on Friday by U.S. senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters.

It’ll go toward runway rehabilitation at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids and comes from a Federal Aviation Administration program.

Mosquito bite
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Two Kent County residents have tested positive for West Nile virus. 

The Kent County Health Department says the two adults are unrelated, and it’s not clear where they contracted the disease.

Steve Kelso with the KCHD says West Nile is spread primarily through infected mosquitoes and is not contagious in human-to-human contact.

ITT Technical Institute campus in Canton, MI.
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Seven area colleges come together to meet with former ITT Tech students impacted by the school’s campus-wide closures.

Representatives from the seven colleges and universities will be at The Kroc Center in Grand Rapids on Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. to provide information and answer questions.

ITT Tech announced the closures earlier this month following sanctions from the U.S. Department of Education.

One of several Calder Plaza design proposals provided to participants and city officials.
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Big changes may be coming to the Calder Plaza in downtown Grand Rapids.

Shaded areas, food trucks and space for markets and music: Those are among most-requested items on local Calder Plaza wish lists, according to city officials.

They’ve been seeking input and feedback from a variety of stakeholders and the results are in.

Of the more than 1,800 online responses, most-cited concerns included exposure to the elements – such as sun, rain, and snow – and improving various access points, from ADA compliance to connected pavilion areas.