Jennifer Moss

WGVU Host

Jennifer is an award winning broadcast news journalist with more than two decades of professional television news experience including the nation's fifth largest news market. She's worked as both news reporter and news anchor for television and radio in markets from Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo all the way to San Francisco, California.

She's interviewed everyone from U.S. Presidents to Oprah Winfrey; Bishop Desmond Tutu to amazing young students. She's skied with Special Olympians and has flown an F-16 fighter jet.

Jennifer loves the community in which she lives and thus remains very active. She has been recognized for outstanding community service and received the "Giants" award in Grand Rapids.

Jennifer has two teenage sons at home and a daughter and grandson in Indianapolis. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.

An explosion today at the Kent County Recycling and Education Center on Wealthy Street has renewed the call for propane tanks to be disposed of properly.  This isn’t the first such explosion and now the county is calling on residents to play it safe, when disposing of propane.

“Never, ever, ever put a partially full propane cylinder in the trash or in the recycling bin, there’s too much danger, and the likelihood is someone could get injured and we could have equipment damage.”

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With Memorial Day now in the rearview mirror and the school year having come to an end… summer travel is set to sail in the Mitten State. A new AAA Consumer Pulse™ survey shows nearly two in five Michiganders will vacation more than last summer and spend more money in the process.

WGVU has a travel update plus a local travel expert says, if you’re traveling by plane, there are some things you need to know.

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Let’s talk health.  For the 6th consecutive year, Blue Cross, Blue Shield of Michigan is addressing health disparities in Grand Rapids.  Community based activities and important conversations have been taking place all week in an effort to address concerns.  It’s their annual, “Let’s Talk Health Week.”

“We know the disparities. The disparities when it comes to hypertension and cardiac issues or heart disease in men, especially men of color, women of color, cancers.”

About 45 high school students from throughout West Michigan will spend a week at Grand Valley State University.  They’ll be immersed in the world of entrepreneurship and will learn about creating a start-up company.  The Teen Entrepreneur Summer Academy is in its 11th year and this year they’ve even got evidence of the camp’s success.

“We had a lot of success with the program and see impact it’s having on their education, careers and that’s why we keep trying to grow it and allow more kids to participate.”

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The Grand Rapids Public Schools District reached out to its students to spread the word about the new first day of school date.  Starting this year, students are slated to go back before the Labor Day holiday.  So the District is having a contest… asking students to come up with a jingle to help spread the word.

There’s one day left to vote before the winner is picked.

“Don’t be late on August 28th, don’t be late on August 28th, that’s when school starts.”

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This year marks the 7th year for the “Rock The Block” event sponsored by Linc Up in Grand Rapids.  Organizers say they are getting ready for another big year

“Rock the block for us is all about connecting community to opportunity.”

That’s Lakiya Jenkins, Operations Director at Linc, which is once again sponsoring it’s annual  “Rock the Block” which is now in its 7th year.

“There’s so many resources in Grand Rapids, and so we want to be the convener and bringing organizations who have resources and connect them to the residents. “

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New teen driver’s ages 16 to 17 years old are three times as likely as adults to be involved in a deadly crash.  This, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.  This alarming finding is reported as what officials call the “100 deadliest days” begin.  It’s the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day where the average number of teen driver crashes climbs 15 percent.  One expert says that despite these numbers, parents can help keep their kids safe.

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An hours-long standoff with a barricaded gunman ended peacefully this morning in Grand Rapids.

Grand Rapids Police say they worked through the night following the incident that began around 10 pm in the 400 block of More Street near College.

Authorities say they received a 9 1 1 call from a witness that a man had fired a gun into the ground near College and Shirley.

Officers received a description of the man and searched the area. A 27 year old male, matching the description was found nearby around 11 pm.

Every summer, approximately 2.7 million children in the US ages 14 and under are treated in emergency rooms for accidental injuries. Injury prevention experts at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids say more children are accidentally injured during the summer months than any other time of year.

“Our kids are ready to explore, they’ve been stuck in school all season and now they’re reading to get outside and have a good time, and we don’t want to discourage that. But with more activity comes more risk of injury.”

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Fraud continues to be a growing threat in our nation and in our state.  That’s why the Michigan, Secretary of State, Ruth Johnson is making it easier for residents to report fraud.  Her office just announced that a telephone tip line is now available.  

“We’ve had growing amounts of people contact us, with allegations of fraud and we wanted to put out a tip line allowing people to know how to contact us.”

That’s Fred Woodhams… Spokesperson for Secretary of State, Ruth Johnson’s office.  The Tip Line allows callers to report suspicious or suspected fraudulent activity.

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