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.

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The second round of holiday travel is now underway.  We’ve talked about not posting pictures on Facebook while you’re visiting relatives or making your way to some sunshine.  One travel expert has another tip about keeping your “home” safe while traveling.

“They just drive around neighborhoods and sometimes follow delivery trucks from UPS and FED EX and see a package dropped off on a front porch… and off they go."

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The Grand Rapids Fire Department is warning residents to beware of a telemarketing scam that uses their name.  Officials with the department say don’t be fooled by telemarketers trying to get money over the phone.

“This isn’t uncommon. This happens from time to time, but as soon as we hear about it, we want to let citizenry know, that these are not operations that we’re involved in and most likely is some sort of criminal activity that’s going on.”

That’s Lieutenant William Smith, the Public Information Officer with the Grand Rapids Fire Department.

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Grand Rapids Public Schools along with Ferris State University have launched a new High School Academy.  It’s the academy for teaching and learning at Innovation Central High School.  The goal is to create a talent pipeline from K12 to higher education… then back to GRPS.

“Teresa has been so willing to let people imagine and then help people partner and I’m so happy that Ferris is on board.”

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Having a good idea to make the city safer could net a couple rewards if your idea is picked.  The Safe Alliance for Everyone or “SAFE” Taskforce is listening to ideas at its Pitch and Highlight night tomorrow.  A safer community and the funds to help achieve it are at hand.

“I think it’s going to be interesting to hear people say I think we can do these three things or these 5 things and ultimately, the result will be a reduction in violence.”

For many Michiganders, the beginning of December and the coming weekend signals the traditional time to bring home a fresh-cut Christmas tree.  Based on information from a new survey, AAA is urging motorists to take extra steps to safely secure Christmas trees for transporting.   

“A new AAA survey, an estimated 20 million Americans who purchased a real Christmas tree in the last three years did not properly secure it to their vehicle, so we want to help people prevent dangerous road debris.”

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Tomorrow is World Aids Day and the Kent County Health department is still offering free walk-in testing for HIV.  More than a million people in the U.S. are living with HIV according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The testing takes place at the Main Clinic on Fuller and is confidential. 

No one has to dine alone on Thanksgiving, nor do they have worry about being able to afford all the trimmings.  Mel Trotter Ministries is hosting its annual community meal.

“All are welcome. It’s open to anyone who might want to attend. We want everyone to feel that they are loved and have a place to go this Thanksgiving.”

That’s Abbey Sladick, Vice President of Communications at Mel Trotter Ministries.

She says all are welcome at their 21st annual Thanksgiving Community Meal.

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It’s the busiest travel time of the year.  The Thanksgiving Holiday this year will see more than 28-million passengers hit the friendly skies.  WGVU talked with a local travel expert about some basic travel tips and how to handle the stress.

“Remember that you’re going to get to your destination, eventually. Keep a smile on your face and pack your patience with you.”

Local Travel expert, JoAnne Verboom with Gagnon Travel offers travel friendly advice for the seasoned and not so frequent traveler.

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It’s a pre-Thanksgiving event aimed at bringing young professionals back to Michigan and more specifically, West Michigan.  The “Rethink West Michigan” networking event will be held on Thanksgiving Eve—at the BOB in Grand Rapids plus four other locations throughout West Michigan.  

“One of the questions that I get year round is, can you connect me with an employer. Well, this is a way for that person to take advantage of that and meet them face to face.”

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Next week kicks off the Firearms Deer Hunting Season, but you don’t have to wait until then to spot a deer.  Chances are, you’ve seen one or a few while driving.  Experts say, almost

50 percent of deer/vehicle crashes occur in Michigan during the fall months.  The high number of crashes involving deer has prompted AAA Michigan to issue a warning: “Don’t Veer For Deer.”

“The risk for deer related crashes increases in the fall, with the deer moving more and with firearms season starting on the 15th that increases the risk even more.”

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