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.

A new study by the Better Business Bureau shows how fake check scams bait consumers.  It looks into the scope of the problem and who is behind it.  It also looks at the need for law enforcement and consumer education. 

The study is entitled: “How fake check scams bait consumers.”

“Fake check scams are on the rise.  They’re used in a variety frauds, ranging from employment scams to prize and sweepstakes frauds.”

  

Labor Day is traditionally the third-most traveled holiday of the summer travel season.  AAA Michigan says more than a million Michiganders are expected to hit the road.  With that in mind, the Automobile Association is calling for motorists to stay safe.

“What we’re really trying to do is a statewide call for caution along with a back to basics safety tips for travelers, so just a few things to remind people to have a safe holiday, and bring them back alive.”

The Kent County Health Department continues to advise residents not to ignore early signs of flu like symptoms.  Officials recently identified a strain of influenza that sickened approximately 120 people. 

There were three confirmed cases of flu, linked to the H1-N1 strain… but that doesn’t mean it’s an early start to flu season.

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Loose change in your pockets now a has a home thanks to new donation coin containers at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport.  The goal is to move the screening process along while helping a local charity. 

“We had some of our board members who were the first to donate. We might even see some international coins sometimes.”

That’s Tara Hernandez, Marketing Communications Director at Grand Rapids International Airport.  She says they just installed two coin containers at the airport outside of the security checkpoints.  It’s set up for donations to help those in need.

It was a busy day for about 200 volunteers as they worked on a one-day makeover for a Grand Rapids city park.  The City, Amway, the Friends of Grand Rapids Parks and the Kaboom Organization joined forces on Thursday to revitalize a neighborhood park space.

“This is a really incredible opportunity.”

That’s David Marquardt , Director, Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation. And he says that opportunity that brought about 200 volunteers together enabled them to put a new face on an old, outdated space.

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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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