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Shelley Irwin is the voice of Grand Rapids
Editor’s note: Each issue of the Influential Women enewsletter will feature profiles of the Business Journal’s reigning 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan. The profile first appeared in the event program.
Shelley Irwin is a woman about town and well-known as the voice and face of Grand Rapids’ public broadcasting at Grand Valley State University’s Eberhard Center.
She is host and producer of “The WGVU Morning Show” with the West Michigan NPR affiliate and hosts several PBS programs including “Family Health Matters,” “Ask the Expert” and “Community Connection.”
As a journalist and talk show host, Irwin shines the spotlight on many worthy people, organizations, activities and events. She freely shares her enthusiasm and energies by participating in a host of committees, boards, civic events and other volunteer opportunities, all while training and competing in several races and triathlons each year.
Irwin currently serves the boards of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, Press Club of Grand Rapids, Mind Meets Music, Alternatives in Motion and Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore. She has blazed a trail as the first female president in 80 years of the Grand Rapids Lions Club and the third female president of the University Club in 90 years. An advocate for women, she contributes to the committees of the Athena Award Program, Michigan Women’s Foundation, Habitat for Humanity Women Build, Gazelle Girls Half Marathon, American Heart Association Go Red for Women and Women and Girls Lead.
Her honors include five consecutive American Women in Radio and Television Gracie Allen Awards for Outstanding Program Host. In 2013, she was named the West Michigan PRSA Media Person of the Year and the Face of GR.