Marlee Wierda joined WOOD TV8 as a sports reporter and weekend sports anchor in January 2022.
Prior to coming to Grand Rapids, Marlee spent three years as the weekend anchor in Champaign, Illinois, where she covered the Fighting Illini, including the 2021 men’s basketball team, who won a Big Ten Tournament Championship. She has traveled around the country covering Illini sports and is excited to stay in Big Ten territory.
Born and raised in South Florida, Marlee moved north to attend Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, and spent all four years playing for the women’s volleyball team. During her time as an Ithaca College Bomber, Marlee earned two conference titles and finished her final season in the NCAA National Championship Final Four (which was played in Grand Rapids).
She has also played a role in the coverage of two Olympic games, freelancing for both the 2016 and 2018 Olympics at NBC Sports’ headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut.
Besides sports, Marlee also has a passion for traveling. After graduating from Ithaca College, Marlee spent four months living in Madrid, Spain. She also speaks Spanish and enjoys cooking and playing volleyball in her free time.