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.

As we start to think about and prep for the holidays, local agencies don’t want you to forget those who are less fortunate. Mel Trotter Ministries is holding its annual Holiday Food Drive.  They’re working with Biggby Coffee and Feeding America West Michigan.

“There’s dozens of families that are facing food insecurity and these are working families facing choosing between putting food on the table for the family or filling up their gas tank or keeping the heat on this winter. And so we want to make it so people don’t have to choose between those things.”

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The Better Business Bureau of Grand Rapids recently helped a Grand Rapids woman caught up in what they’re calling a “sweepstakes heartbreak”.   The BBB is encouraging West Michigan residents to help protect vulnerable adults.  They say some bank accounts are being drained over a sweepstakes scam.

“This was really a unique situation, I had never come across it before.  But it was really heartbreaking, because this lady, didn’t understand until it was too late and she’d been duped out of all this money.”

Tomorrow is Halloween. And while most tend to get excited about the day, AAA Michigan has issued its annual safety alert, for children and adults.  AAA officials says Halloween can be one of the most deadly nights of the year for both pedestrians and motorists.

“Halloween can be one of the most deadly nights of the year with the increased number of pedestrians trick-or-treating, the risk of cell phone distraction while driving or walking and potentially impaired party goers behind the wheel, it makes for a frightening combination.”

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A new grant given to the Kent County Board of Commissioners will create a Mental Health Court in the county. This specialized court docket was created for certain defendants with mental illness. 

“What the mental health court will do is it will pair social work and treatment with the criminal justice system for individuals that don’t fit real nicely in the criminal justice system.”

An art installation at Grand Valley State University will draw attention to violence against women.  It’s the “Red Shoe Project” and it allows the community to submit a pair of red shoes with a message in honor of a victim. The event is being held this Saturday from 11am to 6pm in the DeVos Center Courtyard on the Pew Campus Downtown.

“Each pair of shoes is a symbol of a woman who was killed or was trafficked."

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The humanitarian crisis following Hurricane Maria continues to devastate those living in Puerto Rico.  Starting today, Grand Rapids Public Schools and the City of Grand Rapids are taking part in a charitable drive to benefit those in need.

“We have heard from our students… We are a family here and we come together when our family is in need.”

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Grand Rapids Public Schools is getting the word out about its Annual School Choice Expo and Family Harvest Festival.

“We wanted to make it a fun family event, but also for parents to get that important school choice information.”

That’s John Helmholdt. Executive Director of Communications at Grand Rapids Public Schools.  They’re prepping for this year’s School Choice Expo, which will be held on October 19th.

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month where people all across the country are asked to focus on preventing and ending domestic violence in their communities. To that end, Silent Observer is releasing their “Love Does Not Hit” poster highlighting people with Domestic Violence warrants

“October is domestic violence month and Silent Observer, put out our domestic violence poster once again to bring domestic violence to the forefront.”

Chris Cameron is Silent Observer’s Executive Director.  She says the poster and this month brings to life the plight of the victim.

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Be Brave.  That is what countless women must do when faced with the news of breast cancer.  This weekend, the BEE BRAVE 5K, allows runners to come together to support “local” breast cancer research at the Van Andel Institute.  It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“Where we gain that hope is that people who were our featured fighters 8-9 years ago, have beaten the disease because of research that has been done, since we started.”

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Occupational therapy students from Western Michigan University’s Grand Rapids location are taking action against teen suicide.  They’re holding a fundraising event to support the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan's teen suicide prevention program. 

“So, it all started with a student in 2010 that had a friend who had committed suicide in high school. And so she had partnered with the mental health foundation prior to getting into the OT program and that’s when we started the event and starting partnering with them.”

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