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Jessica McMaster is a reporter and one of the FOX 17 Problem Solvers.

After interning with FOX 17 in the summer of 2012, she joined the news team that following December as a web producer. Within a few short months of writing stories for FOX 17’s website, she began reporting on-air three days a week. At that time, she also produced the 10 p.m. weekend newscast.

Jessica’s time at FOX 17 began after a bit of a career change. For seven years, she worked as a certified nursing assistant at hospitals and nursing homes across the state. While caring for the ill, elderly and people with disabilities, Jessica found her greatest joy came in the form of listening. While learning about her patients, she realized everyone has a story to tell. She says her desire to help others is the biggest driving force behind her work as a journalist.

Jessica grew up in Swartz Creek, a small town located near Flint. She has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Grand Valley State University.

You can watch her five nights a week on FOX 17 News at 10 and 11.


Recent Articles
  • Cuban Americans react to President Obama’s announcement

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. –Cuban Americans in West Michigan are reacting to President Barack Obama’s announcement. It’s a moment Mirelis Roque said she’s waited decades for. “For the first time, a president is talking about the Cuban people on TV,” Roque said. She and her friend, Geiser Conde, watched as President Obama told the nation Wednesday about his plans to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba and re-open an embassy in Havana. Conde said he called his family in Cuba upon hearing […]

  • Gizmo dog pothole Muskegon

    Dog rescued from pothole after being hit by car

    MUSKEGON, Mich.– A dog was rescued from a pothole after being hit by a car in Muskegon. Gizmo was pulled from a pothole on Muskegon Avenue near 8th Street Monday night. Initially unable to walk, just one day after being hit, Gizmo could be seen chasing veterinarians Ingrid Hutchins and Carin Forberg around Lakeshore Animal Hospital Muskegon for treats. “He was pretty down and out yesterday,” Forberg said. “He was in shock–he was really pale at first–we weren’t entirely sure […]

  • KELSEY II, John Coryell

    Suspect charged in connection with Ingham Co. deputy death has lengthy criminal record

      INGHAM COUNTY, Mich. — The suspect charged in connection with the death of an Ingham County deputy has a lengthy criminal record that includes fleeing from police and drinking and driving. On Monday, law enforcement officials identified the suspect as John Kelsey, 34. He’s being charged with first-degree fleeing and eluding causing death and operating a vehicle while suspended or revoked causing death. FOX 17 pulled Kelsey’s record, which dates back to a 1997 misdemeanor drug charge for marijuana. […]

  • Old Grand Rapids Press building to be torn down, research campus to be built

    LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State University Board of Trustees gave approval to tear down the former Grand Rapids Press building on Friday. Medical Mile is now expected to get even bigger. The MSU owned site is expected to turn into the Grand Rapids Biomedical Research Center. While it was initially thought that a single building would go up on the site, Peter Secchia, who’s fundraising and contributions led the way for the MSU College of Human Medicine Building, told FOX […]

  • Michigan State Police are not investigating the crash that killed Ingham County Deputy Grant Whitaker.

    Community honors Ingham County officer killed in the line of duty

    INGHAM COUNTY, Mich.–Hundreds of people held candles Thursday night as a reminder of the legacy Ingham County Deputy Grant Whitaker left behind. “Even though he’d only been here a short period of time, he was one of those guys you wanted to run up and hug, full of life. He’s going to be sorely missed,” said Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wriggelsworth. Grant Whitaker was just 25-years-old. He had only been a member of the Ingham County Sheriff’s Department for a […]

  • Marge’s Donut Den gets ‘stop work’ order on expansion

    WYOMING, Mich. — The owner of Marge’s Donut Den received a ‘stop-work’ notice from Wyoming’s building inspector Wednesday. Marge Wilson began expanding her business into the lot next door in August. It has been vacant for years. However, a few months into the process, she learned there’s some obstacles she’ll have to overcome to make sure her changes are up to code. Watch the video for more information  

  • Police investigate Custom Logistics after Problem Solvers report

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– Police are investigating Custom Logistics, a storage and moving company in Grand Rapids, following a FOX 17 Problem Solvers report. For months, it’s  been a back-and-forth battle between Diana Krynycky and Custom Logistics manager John Young. Krynycky said she and her husband, who moved to Alto from Maine, stored their John Deere lawn mower and tractor. However, when delivery day came, those two items never showed up at their new home. “We went in person on June […]

  • Woman blames storage company for missing lawn equipment

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A woman reached out to the FOX 17 Problem Solvers saying her expensive pieces of equipment went missing from a storage warehouse. Diana Krynycky and her husband moved to Alto from Maine over the summer and hired Custom Logistics in Grand Rapids to store and eventually deliver their belongings to their new home. When delivery day came after a few months in storage, Krynycky said two rather large items were missing: a John Deere lawn tractor […]

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    Second body located in Battle Creek house fire

    BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Investigators confirm to FOX 17 that they’ve located the body of the second victim in a Battle Creek house fire. Family identifies them as a mother and daughter, Dorothy Cantrell, 85, and Dian Cantrell, 64. Family said Dian Cantrell was a former Battle Creek Police officer. The fire broke out just after 12:30 on Friday morning at 120 Greenwood Avenue. Fire crews have found one of the victims who they’re not yet identifying. Come daylight, family […]