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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Grand Valley State University pre-med students will soon benefit from a new agreement signed this week by GVSU and Michigan State University.  The partnership grants pre-med students early assurance of admission into the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine. 

“This gives our students opportunity to get early admission to the College of Osteopathic Medicine at the end of their junior year.”

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Kent County and Airbnb recently announced a tax agreement authorizing the company to collect hotel taxes on behalf of Kent County hosts. 

County officials say this levels the playing field.

A new tax agreement is now in place and Kent County expects to benefit from people visiting the region and staying longer through home sharing or Airbnb’s. 

Here’s Matthew VanZetten, Assistant County Administrator.

Mel Trotter Ministries is celebrating the life transformation of 41 guests who are graduating from several different programs at its downtown location. 

Abbie Sladick, Vice President of Communication at Mel Trotter Ministries

“It’s a wonderful milestone to celebrate for the guests in our program that have gone through so much in their lives.”

Abbey Sladick is the Vice President of Communication for Mel Trotter Ministries.  Tomorrow more than 40 formerly homeless Mel Trotter guests will graduate from the Ministries’ programs.

If you’re in the market for a new home and happen to be a first time home buyer, there’s some good news for you.  The personal finance website WalletHub recently ranked Grand Rapids as  “2018’s 5th Best City for First-Time Home Buyers”.  

“We’re always interested in giving people as much information as possible that can help them save as much money as possible. And buying a house is one of the most important financial decisions you’ll ever make and there should be some careful planning that goes into it. And there’s a lot of factors in play.”

Into its second week, a West Michigan day camp continues to brighten the days of young people dealing with some difficult issues.  Gilda’s Club Camp Sparkle shines light for area youth.

“So it’s really an honor to be able to offer a camp we call Camp Sparkle for our youth.”

That’s Lindsay Jousma, Gilda’s Club Director of Program Operations.  They’re once again hosting young people at Camp Sparkle... a bright spot for those dealing with some difficult issues like cancer or grief.

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In an effort to improve access to care, Spectrum Health is opening its first retail-based walk-n clinic this week. 

“This is a great blending of two West Michigan entities that are quite present in our community so we’re quite excited to have this partnership.”

And this partnership is expected to help make health and wellness a part of people’s everyday lives.  Dr. Ed Millermaier, Spectrum’s chief of the department of primary health says the new walk in-clinic operated by Spectrum Health will be located in the new Hudsonville Meijer.   

The Salvation Army Kroc Center is encouraging family fitness and fun during this summer’s hot spell.  For the rest of the month, they’re hosting free, family fitness nights.

“As hot as it’s been lately, everybody’s been looking for ways to cool off… and the Kroc Center is a great place to do that.”

That’s Jon Shaner, Marketing and P.R. Director for the Salvation Army Kroc Center.  He says they’re holding a series of “Family Fun and Fitness Nights” for the rest of this month.

Summer is now in full swing and the 4th of July is upon us.  Lots of summer fun to be had and that includes water fun.  Swim experts at the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids say make sure you pay attention while out near the water.  They add, if you don’t know how to swim, there’s still time to learn. 

A good part of summer play is hanging out by the pool or at the lake.  And while there’s lots of fun to be had, there are also areas of concern, like water safety.  And drownings.

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With one success under their belt, Mel Trotter Ministries is rolling out another transitional house, this time for women who are experiencing homelessness.  Last year there was housing for youth… this year, the ministry has established “Melanie House.” 

“It is almost impossible for some of our folks to find rentals they can afford on the bus lines so they can get to work; so this is an important step for the community.”

The city of Grand Rapids recently received a grant that supports community planning to include high quality parks within in a ten minute walk for all residents.  It’s a 40-thousand dollar grant from the National Recreation and Park Association

The grant funding will be used to support community planning efforts that help increase access for residents to high-quality parks within a 10-minute walk – or a half-mile.  David Marquardt is the director of G.R. Parks and Recreation.

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