Michele DeSelms anchors “The Seven” on WOOD TV8.
She has a passion for storytelling and a love for the community she’s called home for 20 years. She joined the station in 2020 as community strategy manager and transitioned to the newsroom in May 2021.
Michele’s broadcasting career started on a morning radio show in Lexington, Kentucky. She made the move to TV in Rockford, Illinois, then headed to Columbus, Ohio for five years as an anchor/reporter. Michele moved to Grand Rapids to launch the market’s first 10 p.m. newscast in 1998, anchoring and reporting on the area’s biggest events for the next 18 years.
Michele took a step away from broadcasting to focus on her family and to spend time giving back to the community. She has worked with local companies as a freelance reporter and launched a website featuring stories about runners. Running is a major part of Michele’s life, and her two favorite events are here in Grand Rapids: the Gazelle Girl ½ Marathon, and the Amway River Bank Run.
As a graduate of Indiana University, Michele is honored to have been elected to serve on the Advisory Board for the Media School (It also gives her a great excuse to visit her daughter who is attending IU).
With her son out of state, one daughter in college and the other in high school, the opportunity to join the team at WOOD TV8 came at the perfect time. Michele is ready for this new adventure!