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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
  • Your new tech can cause problems for 911 dispatchers

    OTTAWA COUNTY. Mich. – This week marks 50 years since the first 911 call was placed in the United States. Since then, first response has come a long way, as devices and technology has evolved. With the addition of cell phones, call centers received an entirely new way to communicate with those in need of help. And now, with the emergence of smart watches and voice-activated tech on the market, there’s an even newer one – sometimes, accidental. For example… […]

  • Dad goes to the Super Bowl in son’s honor

    HUDSONVILLE, Mich. – In 2016, Tommy Ruddy was diagnosed with DIPG, a rare form of brain cancer only 300 children fall ill with worldwide each year. Throughout his treatment, Tommy remained – like his Mom and Dad – a diehard Philadelphia Eagles fan. He even kept in contact with players like Jordan Matthews while in the hospital, and members of the team would regularly come visit Tommy and sign memorabilia for DIPG fundraisers. And of course, Tommy was in front […]

  • ‘Boy Scouts’ not just for the boys anymore; girls join West Michigan Troop

    BELMONT, Mich. – On the first if the year, the Boy Scouts of America have done something out of the ordinary: They let in girls. It’s a change many feel was long overdue in the organization’s history that spans more than 100 years and an arrangement many troops nationwide had been following for years. “It’s been there around the country, anyways,” said Steven Boyer, assistant Cubmaster of Troop 3283 in Belmont. “So they just said, You know what? They’re doing […]

  • Baby born 4 months early spending first Christmas out of the hospital

    'She's our Christmas miracle'

  • 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 […]