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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With winter fully upon us and heavy snowfall being part of the mix… experts are encouraging residents to exercise caution when shoveling driveways and walkways.  

“Shoveling snow is a lot more dangerous than most realize. If you’re over 50, even if you’re in good health, you probably shouldn’t be doing it.  And if you have any chronic diseases that’s a good reason not to shovel snow.”

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Airlines are expecting a record 51-million passengers to fly over the busy holiday period.  And while you might not be able to avoid major airline issues like the power outage at Atlanta’s airport.. travel experts say there are some things you can do to avoid the “basic” travel headaches.

The busiest travel days,  which include  December 21st, the 22nd and the 26th.are right around the corner.  There will be at least 80-thousand additional passengers on flights each day. 

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AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have dropped by about 6 cents per gallon in the past week.

The Dearborn-based auto club says the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.45 per gallon.

Prices are about 19 cents more than at the same point last year.

Michigan's lowest average price was about $2.37 per gallon in the Traverse City area.

The highest was about $2.62 per gallon in the Marquette area.

It was the third consecutive week that the Marquette area had the highest average.

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Starting tomorrow Fulton Street at Mt. Vernon will be closed for about five months as the City of Grand Rapids and Grand Valley State University partner to study the effects of closing roadway.  Officials say it’s a low cost study to help inform future campus planning and transportation decisions. 

“With classes ending, it lined up quite well for us to begin this experiment this weekend. The closures will start happening tomorrow and this will be a full closure from Mt. Vernon to the south.”

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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. 

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