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Cassandra Arsenault joined the FOX 17 team in July 2014.
Before making the move to the west side of the state, Arsenault was a reporter at KION Central Coast News, the CBS affiliate in Monterey, California where she covered crime, gangs, and the wonders of the sea life the coast has to offer like the starfish wasting disease.

Before landing a job in the reporting world, Arsenault started as a live producer and assistant for Lara Spencer for Good Morning America, where she worked on the set every day. A year later she jumped to Nightline where she took a production role traveling the United States and producing some of her own pieces, and working closely with anchor Cynthia McFadden, one of her biggest mentors.

Arsenault graduated from New York University with a degree in both communications and film. While attending school she interned in the communications mecca of the United states with internships at MTV, ABC’S 20/20, CBS Radio, and Good Morning America.

Originally from the Boston Area, (Go Red Sox!) coming to West Michigan is a new adventure, one she’s loving more every day.

She’s looking forward to getting to know West Michigan viewers and telling their stories.


Recent Articles
  • GRFC wants ‘level playing field’ with new women’s soccer team

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Football Club is known for its fierce men’s team, but this year they’re looking to level the playing field by adding a women’s team. Just two games in, coach Lewis Robinson says it’s a step in the right direction with growing talent and interest in soccer in West Michigan. “I have been hoping they would start a women’s team, not thinking that I would actually be on it,” said player Clare Carlson. Carlson just graduated from college. […]

  • Pregnant women are dispelling myths about slowing down at the gym

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — CrossFit, obstacle course races, Olympic lifting are just some of the intense workouts that take serious strength from both women and men. When women become pregnant, though, some face scrutiny for continuing to compete. Some women FOX 17 talked to said they are asked why they are lifting heavy weights on barbells, or doing a large amount of push-ups and pull-ups. However, the idea that high intensity workouts are harmful to a baby during pregnancy is […]

  • Abducted Kalamazoo teen’s life-saving 911 call released

    KALAMAZOO, Mich.— A 13-year-old girl is being credited with saving her own life after police said she called 911 after being kidnapped and raped. She was held captive at 39-year-old Dontrel Williams’ home. A week later, police released the 911 calls that investigators said were made from inside a closet. The audio files break up in several spots with just a small amount of information being relayed, but it was just enough to lead police right to her. “I’m in […]

  • Holland police investigating 3 arsons from past week

    HOLLAND, Mich. — Authorities in Holland are investigating three arsons that have happened over the last week. The most recent fire happened Monday at about 4:30 a.m. when a porch was set on fire at a home in the 400 block of Harrison Avenue. Three people were sleeping inside at the time. That arson came just days after fires sprang up at unoccupied buildings in the 300 block of Washington Avenue and the former Macatawa Dairy Dock at 341 W. 17th. 3 […]

  • Robert Kozminski and other fallen officers of West Michigan honored in police memorial

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A police officer who bravely gave his life while on duty in Grand Rapids 10 years ago was honored at Richmond Park on Thursday along with several other officers who made the same sacrifice. The ceremony was in honor of Police Memorial Day, which falls on May 15. During the service they paid tribute to 29-year-old Robert Kozminski, who was killed in 2007. Officer Kozminski was shot in the head while responding to a domestic disturbance […]

  • Ethiopian suspension on international adoptions has West Michigan family worried for soon-to-be-son with heart condition

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich,– A family in West Michigan says they are up against the clock after their international adoption, just two weeks away from being finalized, was stopped in its tracks. The boy they’re hoping to call their son is a 4-year-old with a heart condition. The heart defect’s long-lasting implications are still unknown. The Swiftneys are an experienced family when it comes to international adoptions in Ethiopia. It was going to be their second adoption from the country. They […]

  • A growing Grand Rapids pushes some out as housing costs rise

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids is a growing city, and it’s growing fast. New breweries, luxury apartments, and additions to the Medical Mile, all after the 2008 housing market crash. The amount of building construction is evidence that the city isn’t slowing down, but with that changing landscape come growing pains. Some neighbors are saying they’re getting pushed out of the city they call home and have no where to go. The city’s growth has brought a higher market […]

  • Working moms confront modern stigmas

    KENT COUNTY, Mich.– Moms fighting the clock and public pressure, being asked to both provide and parent day in and day out. Some are even asked to pick one or the other, but some parents FOX 17 talked to say don’t fear: you can do both. For some, it’s hard to believe that in a world where the majority of moms hold jobs, they are still getting questioned on whether they plan to quit to focus on family. Instincts may […]

  • Summer soccer tournament will honor teen killed in Kalamazoo shooting

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — On Feb. 20, 2016, six people were killed in a string of shootings in the Kalamazoo area. Two of the victims, 17-year-old Tyler Smith and his father Richard, were looking at cars when they were shot. Now, Tyler’s mom is announcing a major event in the teen’s honor. Laurie Smith is inviting the community to celebrate her son’s life in a way that was always enjoyable to him: a soccer tournament. Daniel Bulley, who owns the Daniel […]