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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
  • Rick Jones and Deborah Calley

    State lawmaker attempts to change foreclosure law after local woman’s battle to keep home

    LANSING, Mich. — One state lawmaker is trying to change Michigan’s foreclosure law after hearing about a local woman’s battle to keep her home. Sen. Rick Jones said FOX 17′s coverage of Deborah Calley brought his attention to an issue that impacts homeowners statewide. Calley’s home was foreclosed after she missed a single property tax payment in 2011. Under state law, after three years of being delinquent, the county can take the home. While there’s no question the county should get […]

  • Foreclosed Victorian-style home turns to blight, neighbors aren’t happy

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– People who live in a Grand Rapids neighborhood are upset after a Victorian-style home was foreclosed and left to turn into a blighted eyesore. The home is located at 632 Crescent St. on the city’s northeast side. Once the gem of the midtown neighborhood, it has slipped into disrepair and decay. Kelly Otto, who’s worked with the Midtown Neighborhood Association for 13 years, said what’s worse is that no one is being held accountable. “The sidewalk is […]

  • Police: Driver in deadly train crash drove around cars stopped at tracks

    KALAMAZOO COUNTY, Mich. — Michigan State Police say the driver involved in a deadly train crash drove around other cars that were stopped at the train crossing signals before being hit. The van was hit by the Amtrak train on 11th Street near KL Avenue in Oshtemo Twp. at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. All three people inside the van were killed. Police are identifying them as, Joshua Cartwright, 21, Justin Mastin, 19, and Ashley Melson, 20. Cartwright was the driver. […]

  • Teenager hit while crossing street raises concerns over stretch of road

    KENTWOOD, Mich. — A teenager is in critical condition after trying to cross busy 44th Street. Grand Rapids Police said the 18-year-old was trying to cross in front of a bus on 44th Street near Breton Road when an SUV heading in the same direction hit her. The accident is raising concerns over that stretch of road. For seven years, Trina Davis has worked at the Admiral Discount Tobacco, just feet from where the accident happened. She said she’s witnessed […]

  • 3 facing charges in connection with Byron Twp. homicide

    KENT COUNTY, Mich. — Three people are facing charges in connection with the Nov. 7 homicide of Richard Priebe. Priebe, 50, was found dead when officials responded to a house fire on Jonquil Avenue SW near 60th Street in Byron Township.  Autopsy results determined he died from a stab wound to the neck. Roger Alan Davis, 43, is facing murder charges in connection with Priebe’s death as well as charges of second-degree arson, armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed […]

  • ‘It eats away at you day after day,’ Kalamazoo Co. foreclosure battle continues

    KALAMAZOO COUNTY, Mich. — Deborah Calley, the woman who lost her home after missing a single property tax payment, is speaking out for the first time since a judge ruled against her. Calley and her attorney Ven Johnson fought the Kalamazoo County Treasurer’s Office after they foreclosed her home in March. However, a judge ruled the county did everything right under the law. “It eats away at you day after day after minute,” Calley said. “The word ‘foreclosure’ just keeps […]

  • Paralympic medalist & Dancing With The Stars finalist visits Mary Free Bed patients

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– Patients at Mary Free Bed got quite the surprise Wednesday in the form of a Paralympic medalist and Dancing With The Stars finalist. Amy Purdy won a bronze medal for snowboarding, proving there’s nothing that can keep someone from achieving their dreams. “Part of me wants to say that I never in a million years would imagine that I would be where I’m at today,” Purdy said. “Especially when I was laying in the hospital after losing […]

  • Ethical questions surface following the death of Brittany Maynard

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – An Oregon woman who was diagnosed with a terminal illness ended her life over the weekend. Now, people are asking whether her decision was ethical. Brittany Maynard, 29, was diagnosed with a deadly brain tumor. Her story went viral when she announced she would end her life under Oregon’s Death With Dignity Act. “I will die upstairs in my bedroom that I share with my husband,” Maynard said, “with my mother and my husband by my […]

  • FOX 17 heads to Clements Mill for Halloween

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– FOX 17′s Jessica McMaster spent Halloween in Clements Mill, where there was trick-or-treating for people of every age.