Ahtra joined the FOX 17 News team in October 2017.

Ahtra was born and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin where she cheered on the Green Bay Packers since birth. She attended high school at Interlochen Arts Academy as a theatre major and is happy to return to Michigan! Ahtra earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

Ahtra previously worked at KDLT in Sioux Falls, South Dakota as a morning anchor. She’s thrilled to be part of the FOX 17 family as a weekend evening anchor and reporter.

In addition to news, Ahtra’s greatest passion is politics. In her spare time, she enjoys watching old presidential debates and reading political memoirs. When Ahtra isn’t in the newsroom or on assignment, she also enjoys cooking and hot yoga!

If you have a story idea for Ahtra, send her a message at Ahtra@Fox17online.com. You can also follow her on Twitter @AhtraElnashar, Instagram @ahtra and like her on Facebook!


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    WAYLAND, Mich. — The amount of community support for recently deceased World War II veteran Samuel Schwartz is more than his friend James Linton ever expected when he reached out to FOX 17 to spread the word on Schwartz’s funeral. Schwartz has no family left who can attend his funeral, and Linton was worried no one would attend. When Schwartz passed away last Monday at the age of 94, James was there by his side during his final moments so […]

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  • Cedar Springs superintendent resigns under pressure from community

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