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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In light of the Centers for Disease Controls recent declaration of a flu epidemic, local hospitals in Kent County have issued a joint news advisory. This, through the Kent County Health Department.  Until further notice, local hospitals are limiting visitation to their hospitals. 

“The goal is to limit the impact that flu has on our collective patients as a community.  So it really is to help protect the patients in all our hospitals as a collective healthcare community.”

It’s the New Year.  Time for resolutions and making new commitments. If joining a gym is on your list of resolutions, you are not alone. January sees a huge surge in gym activity. Before you sign on the dotted line, do your research!  The Better Business Bureau of Western Michigan has some tips to consider to make sure you get the most from your membership.

“When people look and try to get a new gym membership, it’s always good to shop around and see if there are any trial periods.”

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The 32nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration takes place Monday, Jan. 15.  It honors the life and legacy of King with a community celebration that features Keynote Speaker April Reign, creator of the viral hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, and the premiere of the opera “I DREAM” at Fountain Street Church.

Monday’s celebration is open to the public and is hosted in collaboration with Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Davenport University and for the first time,  Opera Grand Rapids.

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A big reminder today from area health officials that it’s not too late to get your flu shot.  News comes from the Kent County Health Department among others as the Centers for Disease Control reports flu is now widespread throughout Michigan.

“Even though the flu shot does not always prevent the flu, it really can lessen the severity and the duration. And there’s still time to get your flu shot, if you haven’t done so.”

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The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, or UICA is hosting a special discussion on Art and the Mind.  New works by a well-known local artists’ experience with mental illness will be the backdrop for a thought-provoking conversation. 

“Sometimes we can have great art because you’ve been diagnosed. So Rick is really pushing forward that his diagnosis opened his mind a little bit, to understanding more about himself and his art.  And he’s creating art that is beautiful. That is reflective.”

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Close to 700 high school students and parents will gather at Grand Valley State University on Saturday to participate in the “FIRST” Robotics Competition kick-off event.  Experts say the lessons learned through robotics help young people get into the engineering and stem fields.

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This week on Order Up! we highlight GROVE restaurant in Grand Rapids as they share with us what they are doing with their menu to bring in the new year.

Some of the coldest temperatures continue to rock West Michigan.  And one of the last things you want is to have car trouble or get stuck in the cold.  AAA Michigan has issued an “Arctic Air Advisory” and is offering tips to help you stay safe on the roads.

“As arctic air continues to blast, what it really means is that you’re prepared for the weather in any situation.”

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Advance Care Planning takes the guesswork out of "end of life" decisions. Advocates note that a plan lets family and friends know your wishes in the event of an accident or illness that is considered life threatening. What role does faith play in the process of Advance Care Planning?

A judge won't freeze an order that stops Michigan officials from suspending the driver's licenses of people who can't afford traffic fines.

Federal Judge Linda Parker turned aside aggressive arguments by the secretary of state's office, which describes her injunction from last week as a "monkey wrench thrown into an enormous machine running at full speed."

Parker says there's a strong likelihood that the due process rights of poor people are being violated when their licenses are suspended for failure to pay traffic fines.

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