Jennifer Moss


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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Kent County

“Know your status.”  That’s the word from the Kent County Health Department. 

On Saturday December 1st, the Kent County Health Department will host a free walk-in clinic to test for HIV.    It’s scheduled to coincide with the 30th anniversary of World Aids Day.

“This event is in recognition of World Aids Day and the theme is, know your status.”

April Hight is the Personal Health Services Supervisor with the Kent County Health Department.  She says on Saturday, the health Department’s clinic on Fuller NE will be open for free, confidential, walk-in testing for HIV.

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The Kent County Health Department continues to encourage residents to get their flu shots and they say now is a great time.

“We believe that every person should get a flu shot every year. Except those under 6 months, there’s very rare exceptions.”

Steve Kelso is the Marketing and Communications Manager with the Kent County Health Department.  He says they continue to encourage local residents to get a flu shot if they haven’t already.  And he says, now is the perfect time.

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Mel Trotter Ministries

Now in its 22nd year, Mel Trotter Ministries is hosting a free meal for individuals and families experiencing homelessness as well as anyone in the greater Grand Rapids community who might not otherwise have a Thanksgiving meal to attend. 

We used to host the community event at the mission, but it’s grown so much more than just those experiencing homelessness now we host anyone who might not have a community meal, it’s so large.”

This is the week of Thanksgiving travel!  One of the busiest weeks on the books each year.  While many may have become familiar with all the tricks of the trade some definitely bear repeating.  Local travel expert Jo Anne Verboom with Gagnon Travel offers some tips.

“The airlines are expecting more than 25 million people to be traveling during that time frame, it will be the busiest Thanksgiving travel time in the history of airlines.”

The student organization Voices of GVSU will host its first conference for young women.  It’s Saturday at the Grand Valley Devos Center Loosemoore Auditorium.

“This event hopes to connect our women on campus, with each other as well as with faculty and staff and women in the community who have said they’d like to mentor or connect with our students as well.”

The 2018 Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign is now underway.  The annual Christmas drive has a goal of 1.5 million dollars this year… a goal that experts say represents the needs in the community.

“1.5 million dollars is the goal and we’re encouraging the community to help us reach that goal.”

That’s Major Norman Grainger, the Salvation Army Kent County Coordinator.  Last week’s kick off he says is an indication that the Salvation Army will be at 60 different sites around Kent County adding they’re still in need of volunteers.

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Gerald R. Ford International Airport

It just got even easier for West Michigan travelers to get to Florida.  Allegiant airlines just announced they’ve added another route of service.  Starting in April, they will now fly to the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. 

And - the new route comes with some new deals.

“This service to Sarasota is going to be great for us. We see a lot of West Michiganders who have gravitated down there permanently or they have family down there, condos, whatever it might be.”

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More than 1.7 million Michiganders will be traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday.  Those are the latest numbers from AAA Michigan. The forecast is the highest it’s been in more than a dozen years.  AAA advises motorists should be prepared for a lot of company on the roadways.

“It’s really the largest number we’re expecting for more than ten years.”

Gary Bubar, AAA Michigan’s Public Affairs Specialist says AAA is projecting more than 1.7 million residents will journey 50 or more miles from home this Thanksgiving holiday.

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Gerald R. Ford International Airport

The second phase of the “Gateway Transformation Project” at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport is now underway.  It’s expected to continue through the summer of 2020. 

“One thing about a good airport is that you’re always trying to improve and that’s exactly what we’re doing.”

Gerald R. Ford International Airport, Marketing and Communications Director, Tara Hernandez, says phase two of the Gateway Transformation Project is now underway. She says it will add upon the work and improvements that have already been done.

November is Native American Heritage month.  And West Michigan families are invited to come to Blandford Nature Center for a live cultural performance. 

“It’s always important to share information that’s how we can better learn one another and we can appreciate each other, so that’s what we’re trying to do with this program and we hope to offer more here at Blandford here in 2019.”