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.

The Voices of GVSU are hosting their 30th anniversary reunion concert.  The Voices came into play at a crucial time for its founder, Cassonya Carter.  The “Voices” filled some critical voids related to faith, being homesick and for some, not being part of mainstream, college life.

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“My faith really keeps me rooted and grounded and I found ten other students. We were on the same page they believed in the vision that I had and they joined with me and we started the Voices of GVSU.”

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National Small Business week kicks off next week.  And good news just came in for one West Michigan City that may want to celebrate.  The personal-finance website WalletHub just released its report on 2018’s Best Small Cities to Start a Business.  And coming in at number one, is Holland, Michigan.

“So, we actually looked at more than 12-hundred small sized cities across the country, Holland beat out all of them, in a lot of those key metrics.”

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Community members are invited to help support research to end cancer and Parkinson’s disease.  It’s almost time for the annual Van Andel Institute’s Purple Community annual 5-K. 

“This is the fourth annual Consumers Credit Union Purple Community 5 K.  So, we’re really excited to have even more energy than we’ve had before and every year the event continues to grow.”

Earlier this week Tourism professionals arrived in Grand Rapids for the 2018 Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism.  And while they came for a conference, they also took time to leave a mark on Grand Rapids.

“Work on projects related to the flood. Some of the damage related to the floods that happened a couple of weeks ago as well as some attention to detail to make them a better experience for our residents and our visitors.”

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The Grand Rapids Fire Department wants to let community residents know that the smoke detectors installed by the department are “not” part of a nationwide recall.

“The smoke detectors we have installed through our program, are not affected by the recall from kidde.”

That’s Grand Rapids Fire Department Lt., William Smith.  He says the fire department wants to assure residents that the one’s the department installed are safe and ok to keep. But residents should be vigilant and double check the smoke detectors they have in their home.

The Better Business Bureau is out with its top scams from last year.  Topping the list nationally is “Online Purchase Scams”.  The top one in Michigan is a bit different. Experts talk about the top scams to hit residents in our state.  They also offer tips on how to avoid them.

“Online purchase scams prove to be the riskiest nationally, according to this report.”

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The Governor’s Traffic Safety Advisory Commission is honoring the City of Grand Rapids with the Outstanding Traffic Safety Achievement Award.  This, in recognition of its nationally heralded Driving Change bicycle safety education campaign. 

“You know we’ve been making a lot of improvements over the last 5 to 7 years on bicycling in Grand Rapids and adding the education component has been very important to that change.”

March is national reading month and the Salvation Army is hoping to make a difference.  The Salvation Army Echelon will help spread the joy of reading to kids at Grand Rapids Elementary Schools during their “army of readers” event.

“So, Echelon is a group of young professionals and we exist to help other young professionals connect with the Salvation Army.”

More than one-thousand local middle and high school students will spend March 17th building bottle rockets, constructing hovercrafts, solving crimes and a lot more at the 34th annual Region 12 Science Olympiad tournament. The competition, presented by Grand Valley State University's Regional Math and Science Center is in its 34th year.

“They compete in anything from astronomy to towers, mission possible, and it’s to build their understanding of science in an extra-curricular way, in a competitive manner and they have a chance to win some awards.”

Another scam warning coming from the Better Business Bureau of Western Michigan.   This time its utilities allegedly calling businesses and demanding payment or they’ll shut off your power.

“We had a report of a business in Kalamazoo that was contacted by a representative from their energy company and they were told they missed payments and that technicians were literally headed to the business to turn off the power.”

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