Jennifer Moss


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.

The celebrating continues at Grand Rapids Public Schools today, following the successful passage of a $175 million bond.  School officials say they’re pleased with the results and can now move forward.

“This was a huge and decisive victory for voters and for Superintendent Weatherall-Neal.  The voters came out and united around GRPS and the transformation plan and they said yes  by more than a thousand votes. “

GRPS Communications Director John Helmholdt says he credits the passage of the school improvement bond with leadership that works.

M-Step results were released this week. That’s the new, more rigorous standardized tests that replaced the 44 year old paper MEAP test.  As expected, results show students are struggling with the new test. 

“Anytime in the past when the MEAP would change sort of a format or test version, we’d see some sort of small drop in scores, but we knew this was going, not from apples to oranges but from apples to Pick up trucks.”

Local school officials react to President Obama’s call to put cap on standardized test taking. 

“In Grand Rapids people are very frustrated with the amount, and even with my cabinet, and students know. Students know that we’re testing them too much.”

It’s national lead poisoning prevention week.  The Kent County Health Department is joining the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention along with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Housing & Urban Development to raise awareness.  Officials say Kent County numbers are dropping, but there are still children with dangerous levels of lead in their blood.

“There’s research that found that lower levels of lead are really associated with adverse effects.  So there’s renewed interest in talking about lead.”

Officials say more and more students are turning up at college food pantries due to financial stress.  Grand Valley State University’s student food pantry has seen quite an increase over the last year.  A campus-wide food drive is currently underway to help stock the pantry. 

"We have the corn, corn section over here… we try to separate them as much as we can and try to make it look like a grocery store…” / Michigan Blood

The community will have a chance to help save lives this weekend.  A bone marrow registration drive hosted in part by Michigan Blood is being held during  GVSU’s homecoming.

“One of our tag lines is that the cure for blood cancer is in the hands of ordinary people and its true.”

First an attempted cyber-attack on Grand Valley State University’s Banner portal, now officials have  issued a warning to watch out for a phone scam targeting students. 

“I think the first one we talked to they said she owed three-thousand dollars and that they could assist her in making that payment.”

September was childhood cancer awareness month, a time for children and families fighting pediatric cancer to be honored.  WGVU's Jennifer Moss talked with Dr. James Fahner, Division Chief for pediatric hematology and oncology at Helen Devos Children's Hospital.  Dr. Fahner says it's important to draw attention to the strides being made in the fight against pediatric cancer.

A free community event featuring Amy Grant is being held tonight to celebrate National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  It’s the third year for “Candid Conversations”, which also honors First Lady Betty Ford’s legacy.  Those behind the event want to raise awareness and help women understand their options and encourage them to take action, if needed.

“All of the news, the press, the openness we have today, was all begun when Betty Ford, from her position as First Lady, said, we’re going to talk about this.  We’re going to tell people what’s going on.”

An ArtPrize exhibit featuring Grand Valley State University students from the Art and Design Department may not have won the big prize, but it is winning praise from the students' teacher.  'Framing the Experience' is more than just jewelry or even art: it reflects experiences in the artist's life.

“ They all have a story behind it…"

Sitting just west of the blue bridge, set up in one of those moving pods, Shuying Vogt's been manning the GVSU jewelry and metalsmithing ArtPrize exhibit since day one.