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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
  • Dog caught in steel trap gets laser therapy to heal wounds

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A dog who got his leg caught in a steel trap last month is on the mend after getting laser therapy. At first glance, he’s you typical, spunky Staffordshire Terrier. Chuck’s friendly disposition lends no clue as to what he’s been through. In February, he was found wandering in a Grand Rapids neighborhood, trying to gnaw his way out of a trap. James Kelley, a veterinarian at Kelley’s Animal Clinic said chuck, who is named after the […]

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    Longtime Grand Rapids pastor dies

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A longtime pastor at a Grand Rapids church has died. Rev. Dr. Maurice Jones died on Saturday. Rev. Jones was a pastor emeritus at Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist church. He had served there for 44 years. He retired in 2009 after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Rev. Jones was 85 years old. A community tribute will be held for Rev. Jones on Friday at the church, located at 510 Franklin Avenue.  It will be held at 6 p.m. for […]

  • Problem Solvers: Business shuts down, customer left without layaway item or refund

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.–It has been a frustrating month for Aletha Patton, who has spent several hours trying to track down the owner of Discount Mattress & More. Patton put more than $400 toward a mattress that was in layaway at the store, located on 28th Street in Grand Rapids. Three weeks ago, when she showed up to make another payment, she found it was deserted. “I’m working pay check to pay check, so I’m thinking I just got ripped off,” […]

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    New service could save you thousands of dollars on common medical procedures

    WEST MICHIGAN–A new service created by a health plan could save people thousands of dollars on common medical procedures. In January, Priority Health launched a “cost estimator” that compares the rates for local doctors and facilities when it comes to how they charge for certain procedures. Joan Budden, chief marketing officer for Priority Health, said as more people begin to pay out-of-pocket for health care, the tool can help them understand why the costs continue to rise. “There’s a lot […]

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    Plans move forward to build casino in Muskegon County

    FRUITPORT TWP., Mich. — Plans to build a casino in Muskegon County are moving forward. On Monday, the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians submitted an application to the Bureau of Indian Affairs to take land trust for where the proposed casino will be built. The tribe wants to put the casino on the land of the former Great Lakes Downs racetrack in Fruitport, which it bought in 2008. The casino would have 69,000 square feet of gaming floor space, 1,700 slot […]

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    West Michigan woman loses husband to cancer just months after child’s death

    CEDAR SPRINGS, Mich. –Roughly six months after the death of one of her newborn children, a West Michigan woman lost her husband Monday after his battle with cancer. FOX 17’s Jessica McMaster first reported on Kelly and Jake Francis and the support they’ve received from their community earlier this month. The West Michigan couple began dating in 2004, and just half a year into their relationship Jake was diagnosed with testicular cancer. “He did amazing,” Kelly said. “One round of chemo […]

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    ‘He’s too good of a father not to be one in heaven,’ Faith helps family cope with tragedy

    CEDAR SPRINGS, Mich. — Just six months after the loss of a child, a West Michigan mother is now preparing to say goodbye to her husband. Jake and Kelly Francis began dating in 2004. While they’ve know each other since high school, it wasn’t until their college years that they fell in love. “It just instantly turned from a friendship to a relationship,” Kelly said. Their relationship, just six months young, was dealt a big scare. Jake was diagnosed with testicular […]

  • Should a county profit off your foreclosure? Lawmakers debate in Lansing

    LANSING, Mich. — State lawmakers on Thursday debated during a committee hearing for a proposed property tax amendment that would stop counties from profiting from home foreclosures. The property tax act allows counties to foreclose on a person’s home because of back property taxes. The debate isn’t about whether a county should be able take a person’s home due to back property taxes, but rather if a county should get to keep the excess money from the home, once it sells. […]

  • Property tax amendment aimed at protecting homeowners moves forward in state legislature

    LANSING, Mich.– A state lawmaker who introduced a bill to protect homeowners last month will speak during a committee hearing on Tuesday. Michigan State Sen. Sen. Rick Jones refers to the property tax act as an outdated law. The property tax act makes it legal for counties all across the state to take a person’s home if they get three years behind on property tax payments. Regardless of how small the debt, the county can keep every cent of the […]