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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.


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    West Michigan task force is protecting kids by locking up online predators

    ALLEGAN COUNTY, Mich.– A West Michigan task force created by the FBI is working to protect children from online predators. WEB CHEX, which stands for West Michigan Based Child Exploitation task force, was created by the FBI in Grand Rapids in 2014 through grant money. It’s the team that brought Brian Carrier, 35, into custody on April 9. Investigators said Carrier drove from Indiana to Wayland where he picked up a 12-year-old girl and then took her to a hotel […]

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    Michigan couple prepares for Supreme Court hearing on same-sex marriage

    HAZEL PARK, Mich.– If someone were to ask Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer what their family is like, they would say they are like everyone else. Their home is filled with love that surrounds them in the form of four kids, a dog and a foster baby. “People ask us all the time, ‘are we excited about making history,’ we say, ‘we never thought about it, we never thought we would be here,'” Rowse said. The couple is preparing to head […]

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    Indiana man allegedly drove to West Michigan to have sex with 12-year-old girl

    KENT COUNTY, Mich. — A 35-year-old Indiana man is locked up inside the Kent County Jail after investigators said he drove to West Michigan to have sex with a 12-year-old girl. According to the Kent County Sheriff’s Department, Brian Patrick Carrier was arrested on April 9 in Fort Wayne. Investigators said Carrier picked up the girl in Wayland on Dec. 21, 2014.  They said he took her to the Baymont Inn in Byron Center, where they had sex twice, and showered together between each occurrence. Capt. Kevin Kelley with KCSD, said […]

  • Woman pays travel agency $1,700 for a cruise that was never booked

    NEWAYGO COUNTY, Mich. — A West Michigan woman reached out to the FOX 17 Problem Solvers after paying a travel agency more than $1,700 for what she thought would be her dream cruise. Marvanna Clark dreamed of leaving the country for the very first time aboard a Carnival Cruise ship that would take her to several destinations.  Nearly a year later, her passport has yet to leave her house. She said her friend, who also paid more than $1,700, booked […]

  • West Michigan veterinarian prepares for dog flu outbreak

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– With a flu outbreak that’s affected more than a thousands dogs in surrounding states, a veterinarian in Grand Rapids is preparing for a potential outbreak here. Lynn Happel with Eastown Veterinary Clinic said this is the largest canine flu outbreak since 2004. “It is very easily transmitted. The actual strain of canine influenza virus that’s in Chicago is different than what was found in 2004 in Florida,” Happel said. “It was H3N3 and this strain in Chicago […]

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    “I heard them take off yesterday going up the alley,” Neighbor reacts to deadly motorcycle crash

    HASTINGS, Mich.– It’s a sound that Allan Taylor has heard countless times while living next door to Zackary Rosenberger in Hastings. He said Rosenberg would fire up his motorcycle on a regular basis. “I see him riding all the time,” Taylor said. Sunday, was no exception. Taylor said Rosenberger and a friend of his pulled the bike out of the garage and went for a ride at about 8 p.m. “They were riding around. I heard them take off yesterday […]

  • Man claims landlord forces him to pay utilities on garage he’s not allowed to use

    DELTON, Mich.– For the past five years, a man from Delton who rents a home said he’s been paying for the utilities for the garage on the property even though he’s not allowed to use it. Curtis Kilbourn said he’s been paying high gas and electric bills that he shouldn’t be solely responsible for. The house he lives in with his family is a rental. While the garage doesn’t come with the rent, he said he’s paying for the heat […]

  • Dozens protest Gordon Food Service after video shows grotesque animal abuse

    CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Roughly 40 protesters gathered outside the Gordon Food Service retail store on 28th Street SE Wednesday afternoon, calling on the business to implement meaningful animal treatment standards for all of their supplies. The group, Mercy for Animals, has been circulating a video that shows animal cruelty inside what they claim is a GFS poultry supplier. “As a civilized society, we have a moral obligation to protect all animals, including chickens, from unnecessary suffering,” said Mikael Nielsen, […]

  • ‘I hope you’re not worried about me’ — Girl, 10, reaches out to supporters while fighting cancer

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — People from all around the world are rallying behind a 10-year-old girl from Grand Rapids who is fighting a rare form of brain cancer. In March, Sammy Bannister, 10, was diagnosed with an anaplastic astrocytomo. While countless people started following her family on Facebook and showing their support, Sammy is showing them something as well: That a lot of courage can be packed into a small amount of years. In a video recorded by Sammy’s father, […]