For the past 7 years I've been reporting on health and medical advancements in Grand Rapids, MI as the health reporter for WZZM an ABC affiliate and Gannett Broadcasting owned company. Grand Rapids has a very strong medical contingency including MSU's medical school, several teaching hospitals and the Van Andel Research Institute which was recently named one of the top ten in the World. All of these resources have allowed me to bring relevent informative reports to viewers across West Michigan.


This was a story that began a year and a half before I ever wrote the first word. It was first brought to my attention in July 2011 that Michigan had a toxic history. Nearly 40 years ago, due to human error, cattle feed had been mixed with a flame retardant chemical called PBB.