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.

An annual festival of laughter in West Michigan is announcing top acts for its sixth season.   

“We’re so excited, we just announced the talent for the first round of  this year’s laughfest, you can hear the cowbells in the background. Lots of yellow smiles.”

LaughFest festival director Joanne Roehm says the 2016 festival line up has a lot of big name talent.

“We have all the names you know and those you should know; we’ve got Kathy Griffin, Marlon Wayons, the list goes on.”

A bill that would prevent Michigan voters from voting a straight-party ticket with a single mark on their ballot is up for consideration in the Legislature.
 

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More than 6,000 Grand Rapids students stand to benefit from the annual 'Turkey Trot' 5K run to be held on Thanksgiving day. 

Proceeds from the run allow students to “stay in the game” as it relates to pay-to-play sports.

“You know our mantra is use your feet before you eat…”

Kurt Johnson is the executive director of athletics at Grand Rapids Public Schools.  He says they’re partnering with Blue Care Network of Michigan for the 23rd annual run, held on Thanksgiving day.

A winter storm watch is in effect for West Michigan.  With 5 to 8 inches of snow expected over the weekend, Kent County Emergency Management officials want you to be prepared.

“You have to number one, respect the weather, know the potential.”

Jack Stewart, Kent County Emergency Management Coordinator is encouraging residents to make sure they’re not caught off guard.  In other words if you’ve been putting things off because of the mild weather so far, now’s the time to get busy.

The Kent County Health Department is urging residents who smoke to move toward a healthier lifestyle.  Today is the American Cancer Society’s 40th annual, “Great American Smokeout.” 

“The challenge today is take today off. Quit for one day and we’ll see if we can quit for 2 days. And keep quitting.”

Administrative Health Officer, Adam London, says the county has endorsed the efforts of the American Cancer Society and is hoping residents who smoke, will at least try to break the habit.

Kent County individual donors are more generous than those in the rest of the state.  That, from a new, estimated report from the Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University.  While the report shows charitable giving dipped slightly in the county, it still beats out the other counties, statewide.

“If you look at the data, we are really fortunate, that while only six percent of Michigan residents live in Kent County, we make up 9 % of total giving for the state of Michigan, which I think says a lot for us.”

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A California student studying abroad is the first American identified among those killed in the deadly terrorist attacks on Friday.  Thousands of students from Universities across the U.S. choose to study abroad.  In fact, a study released today shows Grand Valley State University has more than 700 studying abroad in Masters Programs.  Will terrorist threats decrease the numbers?  

The state of Michigan recently announced a new cancer plan, joining forces with First Lady Sue Snyder, who is a breast cancer survivor.  WGVU gets reaction to the plan from the head of Spectrum Health’s Cancer Center.

“We have many of the tools, but not all, so hopefully with this plan we can improve the quality of life for our population in Michigan. “

Today of course is Veteran’s Day and celebrations and commemorations are going on all across the state and the nation.  One thing happening locally is the Heart of West Michigan United Way’s awareness campaign for the veteran service database.  Officials say many veterans don’t know that calling the 2-1-1 call center can open the door to many needed benefits. 

“Heart of West Michigan United Way’s 2-1-1 is a hotline that connects people to services and we have found that there are many veterans that do not know or are aware of services that they are entitled to.”

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In just a few days the Salvation Army will kick off its annual Red Kettle Campaign.  But this year, there’s an add-on you should know about.  New technology offers a chance for you to give even you don’t have any spare change on you.

How many times have you walked past the Salvation Army’s big, red kettle, but didn’t have or couldn’t find the spare change or dollars to put in, especially during the winter season?

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