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.

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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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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Gloria Lara
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With more than 25 years of experience in non-profit and for-profit boards of directors, Gloria Lara uses her voice to ensure that un-heard voices are in fact, heard.  Currently the Executive Director at LEDA (Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance), she is skilled in forging strategic partnerships and unlocking hidden opportunities.  Meet Gloria Lara on our next Powerful Women: Let’s Talk!

Powerful Women: Let’s Talk is created by WGVU NPR and made possible by WGVU NPR sustaining monthly donors. Become a sustaining monthly donor now at wgvu.org/donate to support WGVU NPR’s local programs, including Powerful Women: Let’s Talk.

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With public health and safety as its top concern, Spectrum Health wants patients and visitors to know that guidelines to control COVID 19 remain in effect. 

“We’re continuing the guidelines that have been in place.”

That’s Dr. Dan McGee. He is a Pediatric Hospitalist at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

As we continue to make our way through this pandemic, officials at Spectrum Health say based on scientific evidence and infection prevention best practices, what they’re doing is working and they need to stay the course.

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City of Grand Rapids

The Grand Rapids Police Department announced a new gun buyback program.  They’re partnering with other city departments along with the Safe Alliances for Everyone Task Force.

It’s part of an ongoing effort to reduce violent crime in the city.

“This is one part of many of the Chief’s vision to create a stronger partnership between community and the police department in addressing the concerns of their neighborhoods and right now we’re having an issue with gun crimes and with violence.”

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City of Grand Rapids

Around downtown Grand Rapids and beyond you’ve probably seen these small scooters in many arbitrary locations.  You may have even inquired how you get to use one.  The new E-Scooters are available to pick up and go.  Here’s more on the program and how it works.

”Really the goal is trying to provide as many options of transportation to serve as many people as possible.”  

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Another tool for school children goes virtual.  The Better Business Bureau serving Western Michigan recently changed it’s in person scam-busters program for high school students to an online program.

But, whether in person or virtual, it provides the same lesson which is to keep young people from getting scammed. 

“We know that young people are the ones most likely to lose money to scams.”

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Michigan has the 6th highest need for loans in the nation. That from a WalletHub survey that looks at the Coronavirus impact on the economy of the U.S.

“Right now, Americans who are having trouble with their finances during the pandemic are searching for all sorts of options to relieve that pressure. From home equity loans, payday loans…”

Marge Palmerlee leads with love.  Truly dedicated to serve those who come in the doors of Degage Ministries, Marge has served as the Executive Director for more than 20 years.  She’s grown the organization which now serves 400-500 people daily.  They’ve had to change things a bit during the Pandemic but they are still offering help and hope to those in need.  She’s this week’s Powerful Woman.

Powerful Women: Let’s Talk is created by WGVU NPR and made possible by WGVU NPR sustaining monthly donors. Become a sustaining monthly donor now at wgvu.org/donate to support WGVU NPR’s local programs, including Powerful Women: Let’s Talk.

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City of Grand Rapids

To make it easier for residents to exercise their right to vote, the City of Grand Rapids is adding drop boxes for absentee ballots across the city.

With the November 3rd election right around the corner, the city of Grand Rapids has drop boxes throughout the city.  There are now seven locations, including outside of four Grand Rapids Public Library branches.

Joel Hondorp, Grand Rapids City Clerk, says for more than ten years, they’ve had a drop box for several election cycles at 300 Ottawa.  But with the increase in absentee ballots he says they need to make a change.

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