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Doug joined the FOX17 News team in June of 2015. A Boston-area native, he traded the sweltering heat of Albany, Georgia for the more familiar climate of the Midwest.

After graduating from the University of Maryland and working at WFXL in Albany for two years, Doug came to FOX17 as a general assignment reporter, Problem Solver investigator, and weekend morning anchor. Following the departure of long-time anchor Christian Frank in October of 2017, Doug rejoined his weekend morning co-host Annie Szatkowski on the desk full-time, anchoring the 5 and 11 p.m. newscasts every weeknight.

Doug has filed reports from the cockpit of an F-18, the 2016 World Series, and aboard an aircraft carrier miles out at sea – to him, the more eccentric the story, the better! Reach out on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with YOUR stories!

Recent Articles
  • Erin Brockovich hosts town hall for water contamination concerns

    COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. — Environmental activist Erin Brockovich  made a stop in West Michigan on Saturday to encourage residents affected by contaminated water to join a class action lawsuit. The suit is being litigated by Weitz & Luxenberg, Miller Law, and Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP. In an open meeting, representatives from these firms say they are after money from these companies that are responsible for the dumping. But will a big check from Wolverine Worldwide, 3M and Waste […]

  • Coping with grief at 10-thousand feet

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – For eight years, Gilda’s Club in Grand Rapids has provided a uniquely special way to aid grieving families. White Feather Flights connects those families with volunteer pilots who offer up their time and equipment free of charge, taking those families on a short flight that can leave a big impact. Once in the air, the families drop decorated white feathers to honor their lost loved ones and hopefully, gain some closure. “It was therapeutic – it […]

  • Cedar Springs community rallies to support girl hit by car

    CEDAR SPRINGS, Mich. — Ten days after being hit by a car , 11-year-old Cora Gonzales fighting for her life in the hospital with the Cedar Springs community behind her. Cora was hit across the street from her home in Oakfield Township October 6. A donation page set up for her says she’s undergoing treatment for brain damage. At least a hundred people showed up to show Cora their support at a vigil at the Cedar Springs High School football […]

  • Man behind ArtPrize winner ‘A. Lincoln’ joins FOX17 Morning show

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The man behind ‘A. Lincoln,’ winner of the public vote in ArtPrize 9, joins the FOX17 Morning team to talk about his incredible piece. Richard Schlatter used 24,000 pennies to create an 8’x12’ depiction of the 16th U.S. president, collecting all the coins himself – not altering their appearance at all for the piece. Included are the use of 1,681 1943 steel pennies (for the shirt). Every year from 1909, the first year of the Lincoln […]

  • How school systems use ‘count day’ differently across West Michigan

    WEST MICHIGAN — Attendance at Michigan’s public schools was a little more important today. It was count day, when public school systems across the state tally up enrollment numbers to submit for state funding. Each student correlates to a certain dollar amount in funding and in Michigan, K-12 students in the same public system are worth the same number. But children who weren’t in class today won’t necessarily throw off the balance. “There are exceptions,” said Dr. Michael Shibler, superintendent […]

  • Two Michigan men describe chaos in Las Vegas

    WYOMING, Mich. — Two Michigan men experienced two very different sides of Sunday’s Las Vegas tragic mass shooting. Chris Duzan from Wyoming, Michigan was at the Route 91 Harvest Music Fest with friends, and was moving closer to the stage to get a better picture for his wife when bullets began raining down on a crowd of 22,000 people. Unhurt for the nearly ten minutes of uninterrupted gunfire, after the dust settled, Duzan and a friend tended to the wounded. […]

  • Frustrating day in court for family of missing Wyoming mother

    WYOMING, Mich. —   It was another frustrating day in court for the family of missing Wyoming mother Ana Carrillo. In the latest of a long line of recent setbacks, another postponement plagued the progress of the case in court. Lyle Hudson, grandfather of Carrillo’s three children, was supposed to appear for his preliminary exam Wednesday, but postponed a week. Hudson is facing a perjury charge for allegedly lying to police on information pertaining to the investigation. His son, Andrew Hudson, […]

  • Make The Grilling Company your go-to for take out and tailgates

    BELMONT, Mich. —   The Grilling Company is your one stop need for tailgating, take out, and dinners for the whole family. Call ahead and preorder for pickup from a menu featuring everything from pulled chicken to cheesy potatoes and other items fresh off the grill. In addition to the everyday takeout menu, The Grilling Company has many other options, including, but not limited to, pig roasts, various wraps, dips, deserts, more side options and more meat options. Our catering is […]

  • Man at center of attempted GRPD cover-up speaks to FOX 17

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The man at the center of a police cover up involving three members of GRPD and a former Kent County assistant prosecutor is speaking to FOX 17 outside of a courtroom for the first time. Daniel Empson was injured on Nov. 19, 2016 when that former assistant prosecutor, Josh Kuiper, drove the wrong way down a one-way street and hit Empson’s car. He suffered injuries to his hip, back, shoulder and head, and the incident sparked […]