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 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.

Allegiant Airlines plane
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.”

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Victims of the tragic Tree of Life Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh are being remembered around the nation and that includes right here in West Michigan. 

Students from two Jewish campus organizations at Grand Valley State University are hosting a candlelight vigil this evening.    

WGVU talked with one of the students sponsoring the event.

“To help educate and to hopefully stop the anti-Semitism and the hate and just to help promote acceptance and to promote love, I don’t know, it’s just such a dark time right now.”

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Mel Trotter Ministries

While we’re not officially in the “winter” season, temperatures have taken a bit of a dip.  And with severely cold weather around the corner, Mel Trotter Ministries is starting now to collect warm accessories for the homeless.

“When temperatures dip below freezing, we really make sure we’re extending extra grace and support to our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness.”

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It’s not unusual for students to incur day to day issues of a ripped back pack, broken eyeglasses or a broken zipper.  It’s part of the busyness of classes and activities on campus.  Well, an upcoming “repair clinic” is being held at Grand Valley State University.  It will offer students a bit of free help.

“So we mend rips, but it’s not lost on us that we’re able to keep the student’s social fabric together too.”

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Gerald R. Ford International Airport

If you’re picking up someone from the Gerald R. Ford International Airport, you should know, it has a new, expanded parking area.  The new, Cell Phone and Ride Share Lot opened today.

“It’s one of those options that I don’t think a lot of people recognize, they see the sign, says cell phone lot, and what is that?”

What it IS, is a brand new cell phone lot at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport.  And Marketing and Communications Director Tara Hernandez says it’s new and improved.

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