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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One of the most recognizable sounds of the holiday season is back.  The Salvation Army today kicked off its annual Red Kettle Campaign.  Officials say due to the pandemic, the need is even greater this year.

“This is the iconic symbol that the Christmas season has started.”

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AAA Michigan

Thanksgiving travel will be on the lighter side when it comes to the typical number of travelers on the road and at airports.  The COVID 19 pandemic being culprit.  But there may still be some who travel.

With that, AAA Michigan urges caution and preparation.

“The effects of COVID 29 pandemic, which includes health concerns and high unemployment, are impacting American’s decisions to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday.”

Adrienne Woodland is the spokesperson for AAA Michigan says COVID will keep an incredibly high number of travelers home this holiday season.

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As we honor Veterans on this Veteran’s Day.  The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency is honoring some local veterans in Muskegon with care packages.

“It’s extremely important to have these events, you know, we’ve all been pivoting, trying to figure out what to do during COVID, and how to reach out to Veterans.”

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Mel Trotter

Mel Trotter Ministries will soon unveil its new mobile shower unit.  It will be revealed tomorrow in the main parking lot of “The Other Way Ministries” on Fulton.

Experts say the mobile shower will allow those experiencing homelessness not only a hot shower, but compassion as well.

“While we go out on outreach,  9 out of 10 people tell us how badly they just want access to a shower so they can feel clean and stop getting looked at and judged by people as if they are less than.”

Beth Fisher is the VP of Communication and Advancement at Mel Trotter.

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A new Neighborhood Testing Site in Grand Rapids opens today, bringing the total number of community sites offering COVID-19 testing to 21.  The Michigan Department of the Health and Human Services is working with trusted community partners including churches, community colleges and nonprofit organizations to launch the sites.  

A news release sent out this afternoon says the site, located at Garfield Park Gym, 2111 Madison Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, will offer testing Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  

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city of Holland

Despite cancelling their annual holiday parade due to COVID concerns, the City of Holland announced a successful completion of their Christmas tree fundraising campaign. But, losing the holiday parade won’t dampen the city’s holiday spirit.

“The health and safety of our community is the number one priority but we still wanted to have a lot of holiday fun, downtown.”

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BBB

There’s no doubt there's been an increase in online shopping as the country continues to deal with the pandemic.  And as we head into the holiday shopping season, new research from the Better Business Bureau shows consumers need to be careful. 

The report shows social media is helping fuel the increase in online shopping scams.

“We’re seeing more websites pop-up offering what looks like great deals and in truth, they’re really just there to rip you off.”

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Mel Trotter Ministries

The Corona Virus Pandemic has changed much of life as we knew it.  And as the holiday season fast approaches, we can expect more changes. One of which is the annual Turkey Drop and Thanksgiving banquet hosted by Mel Trotter Ministries

“There’s no way to safely house and feed more than 2000 people in a banquet room.”

This week’s Powerful Woman Is Lisa Oliver-King.  She’s the founder and Executive Director of Our Kitchen Table or OKT for short.  She, leading the way for OKT, seeks to promote social justice while empowering neighbors to improve their health and environment through information, community organizing and advocacy.  Our Kitchen Table is a grass roots, non-profit organization serving Grand Rapids.  Lisa Oliver-King also seeks to mobilize women with income and health challenges. She’s this week’s Powerful Woman. She’s this week’s Powerful Woman.

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GRPS

Grand Rapids Public Schools announced today that the district will remain on line for the rest of the fall semester. 

The Grand Rapids Public Schools Superintendent, Board President and President of the Grand Rapids Education Association issued a joint statement today, regarding the decision to remain 100-percent virtual until the start of the second semester.

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