Longtime WXMI Anchor Leaving to Spend More Time with Family

By Kevin Eck 

Michele DeSelms is leaving Grand Rapids Fox affiliate WXMI after more than 18 years.

DeSelms anchored the station’s first newscast in 1999 after joining the station from WSYX-WTTE in Columbus, Ohio in 1998. She started her career at WLWT in Cincinnati working alongside Jerry Springer.

“For nearly two decades she has delivered important news and information to our viewers from across West Michigan and around the world,” said news director Brooks Blanton. “Michele is a fixture in West Michigan and has worked hard each day to make our community better, and we will miss working with her.”


The station says she will stay in the area and spend more time with her family.

“Michele has been a mainstay in West Michigan, and we’ll certainly miss her at FOX 17, as will everyone who welcomed her into their living rooms over the years,” said GM Kim Krause. “We wish Michele nothing but the best and congratulate her on a remarkable career.”