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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!

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Recent Articles
  • Breaking down the details of the EPA’s order to Wolverine Worldwide

    PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. — The Environmental Protection Agency has served West Michigan-based shoemaker Wolverine Worldwide a long to-do list to fix a mess it made for decades. As families in northern Kent County search for explanations for their cancer diagnoses and a a variety of seemingly random health issues, the EPA is making its facts known about the hazardous chemicals found at the sites of Wolverine’s former tannery property and the House Street dump site. A “unilateral administrative order for […]

  • Amid skepticism, state of Michigan takes steps to address water contamination

    LANSING, Mich.– The state of Michigan took major steps this week to address the growing concern of contaminated water potentially caused by Wolverine Worldwide dump sites, though some remain skeptical due to the state’s history on the issue. On Tuesday for the first time ever, legislators in Michigan set a threshold for PFAs in water. It’s a move that will let the state issue violation notices and take any necessary legal action in the future. For parents of Jack McNaughton, […]

  • Residents tell Plainfield Township Board: ‘You owe us more’

    PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. — During Monday night’s Plainfield Township board meeting, many residents stated that they have little faith in the township board and its handling of the water contamination situation in their community. The meeting was different than previous meetings for two reasons, the first being that it was run by Trustee Sue Morrow rather than Supervisor Robert Homan, who was on vacation. Secondly, Morrow made it clear at the start of the meeting that not all concerns and […]

  • Plainfield residents say township board is practicing intimidation

    PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.– For months, many residents in northern Kent County have been trying to deal with the news that their drinking water is contaminated with PFAs and other toxic chemicals due to dumping by shoemaker Wolverine Worldwide that went on for decades. Some neighbors in Plainfield Township say a lot of their frustration isn’t with what Wolverine did, but how local government is handling the situation. After weeks of vetting accusations and reaching out to officials for comment, FOX […]

  • West Michigan skiers and snowboarders welcome a white Christmas

    OTSEGO, Mich.– Skiers and snowboarders in west Michigan took advantage of one of the whitest Christmases the area has seen in years. Even in the bitter cold, Bittersweet Ski Resort was packed on Monday with visitors eager to hit the slopes. “We need the snow. Once we have the snow everybody comes out so that’s it,” Bittersweet’s marketing director, Tom Smitchls tells FOX 17. Sunday night’s snowfall is just what they’ve been waiting for after quite a few brown and […]

  • Belding community Christmas dinner serves 300 free meals

    BELDING, Mich– Volunteers at First Congregational Church in Belding made sure each and every one of their neighbors had a hot Christmas meal with an annual community dinner on Sunday. Pastor Paul Hulford estimates the event served 300 meals; 150 in person and 150 delivered to local homes. The event is meant to help people who would otherwise go without a Christmas dinner. “It’s basically for people that don’t have a family on Christmas Eve to go to, or anywhere,” […]

  • Grand Rapids City Commission votes ‘no’ on proposal to change panhandling rules

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Rules for soliciting money from drivers at eight specific intersections in Grand Rapids will not change after a vote by the Grand Rapids City Commission on Tuesday. A law introduced by First Ward Commissioner Dave Shaffer would have made it illegal to solicit money from drivers between 5-7 p.m. within 30 feet of eight busy intersections in the city. The commission voted down a similar proposal 3 years ago. Those who opposed say the proposal would […]

  • Local organization brings holiday cheer to families in need

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. —  An organization called More Self-Less hosted its annual ‘I Dream Beautiful’ Christmas event on Sunday evening for families going through a rough time. The group said it’s mission is to create “Temporary amnesia from the troubles of the world.”   On Sunday evening, they achieved that, bringing smiles to some very deserving children. Nyla, 6, talked to FOX 17 about what she asked Santa Claus for this year. “I’m asking him for a hover board and a […]

  • Erin Brockovich, Winnie Brinks call for local government accountability for water contamination

    COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.– The call for action to solve the water contamination problem in parts of northern Kent County intensified with a local visit from Erin Brockovich and a call for legislative action by State Representative Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids). Three Michigan law firms are encouraging people to join their class action lawsuit against Wolverine Worldwide, 3M and Waste Management for dumping that allegedly put harmful chemicals in groundwater. Brockovich made a visit to Comstock Park on Saturday to meet […]