Rachael Ruiz is a Host and Reporter on eightWest on WOOD TV. She helped launch the lifestyle and entertainment show in 2009. Before that, Rachael worked as an Anchor and Reporter at the station.
As a part of eightWest, Rachael continues her passion for storytelling but now focuses on hip topics that have the community buzzing. Some of her eightWest adventures involve hot air ballooning, race car driving, flying a plane AND helicopter, and skating with the Grand Raggidy Roller Girls. Rachael also cooks alongside some of the area's best chefs for the show. And she says since becoming a mom, she makes it a point to find fun things for families to do in West Michigan.
Before coming to WOOD TV8, Rachael worked in television news in the Lansing and Flint/Saginaw markets in Michigan. She graduated from Michigan State University. Rachael is currently a Board Member at the Grand Rapids Children's Museum. She has also served on the boards of the YWCA West Central Michigan and D.A. Blodgett for Children.
Rachael lives in the Grand Rapids area with her husband and two young daughters. She enjoys working out, kickboxing, biking, reading and shopping for modern and vintage furniture and clothing. She also spends a lot of time on the lakeshore... especially at the beach!
Philanthropist Ralph W. Hauenstein is donating $1 million to Grand Valley State University's Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies.
A woman from Mount Pleasant died after her SUV crashed on a road in Montcalm County.
Mirror parts found at the scene indicate it may be a 2005 Chevrolet Uplander.