(L-R) WOOD-TV General Manager Julie Brinks and on-air host Maranda.

WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids) General Manager Julie Brinks, along with on-air host Maranda, have been recognized as two of West Michigan’s “Most Influential Women.” The Grand Rapids Business Journal released its list of 50 women leaders in the West Michigan community on January 8.  Brinks and Maranda were chosen out of a list of nearly 250 applicants.

Julie Brinks has led WOOD-TV since 2017.  A Michigan native with years of experience in local news, she previously led stations in Traverse City; Tuscon, Arizona; and Bend, Oregon.  Brinks also serves as Chair of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation.

Maranda has long hosted “Where You Live,” a program that focuses on what’s going on in Grand Rapids. For 25 years, each of her summer Park Parties have entertained — and fed — thousands of kids.

Brinks, Maranda and the 48 other women will be honored at a luncheon in downtown Grand Rapids in March.

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