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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Today is National Heatstroke Prevention Day. 

“As temperatures rise in Michigan and we head into the “dog days of summer”, AAA is issuing a statewide alert, to keep it in the forefront, reminding parents and caregivers to never leave a child alone in a vehicle.”

That’s West Michigan Field Manager,  Steven Giffel, with AAA Michigan.  He says the devastating effects of high temperatures have all too often seriously impacted children.

Thousands of Color Runners will participate in “The Color Run Dream Tour” at Calder Plaza tomorrow.  The Color Run creates a world where anything is possible… unicorns are real and foam clouds make everything better. 

“We call ourselves the happiest 5 k on the planet. So it’s really more about getting out and being active, having fun with family and friends and getting good exercise in there, but what we find a lot of time is that people don’t even realizing they’re exercising, cause’ it’s that kind of fun.”

The Salvation Army Kroc Center, in partnership with the Garfield Park Neighborhood Association, is once again participating in National Night Out. 

This free event will focus on neighborhood safety will feature other family fun activities at the Kroc Center.

“I think that National Night Out has taken on a life of its own.  Just in terms of making a statement about community and the fact that we really want to build a relationship with people in our neighborhoods.”

The Better Business Bureau serving Western Michigan has issued a warning to local consumers.  They say it’s an email scam with emails allegedly coming from Chase Bank. 

“This is a particularly scary scam because it is targeting current customers of Chase Bank. And it is an email being sent to these people that essentially looks exactly like an email you would get from Chase Bank.

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Underprivileged youth in the community have significantly more access to recreation programs thanks to Indian Trails Golf Tournament players, sponsors and volunteers. The recent two-person scramble event at the historic and refreshed 87-year-old Indian Trails Golf Course generated more than 20-thousand dollars for the Parks and Recreation Scholarship Fund.

“We have an opportunity to provide even more scholarship dollars to even more youth in the city as a result of the proceeds received from the grand re opening of the Indian Trails golf course.”

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Crews in West Michigan worked today to remove downed trees and power lines that were blocking some roadways following severe thunderstorms.   Kent County Emergency Management says thousands of homes and businesses lost power in the county following the storms.  All told, over 100-thousand are without power in West Michigan. It could be Sunday before all power is restored.  Winds were reported to be at least 60 miles per hour in Kent County. 

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Kent and Ottawa Counties are urging safety for those who are without power and may be wondering how long their refrigerated food will last.

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Summer is in full swing now and many Michiganders, including those here in West Michigan might be thinking about or already renting out homes or cottages.  You might be using popular services, such as AirBnb, Home Away or VRBO.  But one local tax attorney is issuing a warning to all those who rent their spaces out.  She says don’t forget about the state’s sales and use tax .

“Regardless of whether you’re going through one of the third party providers or you’re doing short term rentals on your own, you are responsible to pay the use tax.”

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Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital is once again noted in U.S. News and World Report’s Best Children’s Hospital rankings.  The 2017 ranking includes a total of six specialty areas being recognized. 

This is the sixth year that Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital and as you could imagine, Hospital President, Dr. Bob Connors is very pleased.

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Keeping children from going hungry this summer… that’s the goal of a program that kicked off just a week ago.  Grand Rapids Public Schools sponsors the program and wants community families to know there’s help available if needed. It’s the “Meet Up and Eat Up” program and it offers free breakfast and lunch at 20 sites throughout the summer.

“Proper nutrition is very important, we believe in servicing the children of our community, the whole child, the whole year.”

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