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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
  • State lawmaker asks for ban on FDA approved Palcohol

    LANSING, Mich. — Palcohol, a powdered form of alcohol, was approved by the federal government for sale in early March. However, a Michigan lawmaker is seeking a ban on the product. State Sen. Rick Jones said the ban would keep Palcohol from hitting the shelves in Michigan.  It’s expected to release this summer. Jones said the powder will make it easier for minors to get their hands on alcohol, even in bars. “It’s going to cause problems at bars, because […]

  • West Michigan man wants city to fix home he claims is filled with mold

    MUSKEGON, Mich. — A man from Muskegon said he moved into a completely remodeled home only to learn within the first year of living there the basement had rotting beams and water damage. On the outside, Robert Parker’s home, wheret he lives with his wife, represents the American dream. It has new siding and a beautiful closed-in front porch. However, he said, the basement has turned his home into more of a nightmare. “The walls are saturated with water, and […]

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    ‘This is state funded discrimination’ — State House passes controversial adoption legislation

    LANSING, Mich. — Legislation that would allow faith-based adoption agencies to deny services to same-sex and unmarried couples was passed by the state House Wednesday afternoon. Those in favor of the controversial legislation say it’s in the best interest of children who need a forever home.  Opponents say it’s taxpayer-funded discrimination. “It’s not just a license to discriminate, it’s actually writing a check for the discrimination.  This isn’t just state-sanctioned discrimination, this is state funded discrimination,” Rep. Jeff Irwin said. […]

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    Blighted homes in Kalamazoo to be demolished

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — With hundreds of blighted homes lining the streets of Kalamazoo, city officials have accepted a grant that will go toward tearing some of them down. Like most cities, Kalamazoo has seen its share of blight, places where families once grew and created memories together that are now only eyesores. Augusta Scott has lived most of her life on the city’s northeast side. She is saddened to see what has become of so many homes over the years. Two […]

  • Assistant prosecutor: Kent Co. stabbing victim ‘survived for the grace of God’

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — As a teenage girl remains hospitalized, her big brother made his first court appearance for allegedly stabbing her. On Monday, a detention hearing was held for the 15-year-old boy. He’s accused of stabbing his 13-year-old sister repeatedly inside their home in the 8000 block of Grainery Road in Caledonia. Kent County Assistant Prosecutor Laura Clifton said she wants to charge the boy with assault with intent to commit murder. “There were multiple injuries, multiple stab wounds on her body,” […]

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    Former GR cop to head to trial for sexual assault, home invasion charges

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Former Grand Rapids Police Officer Ryan Bruggink will head to trial on charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and home invasion. Bruggink, 24, is accused of raping his ex-girlfriend at her Wyoming home last November. During a preliminary hearing Wednesday, the alleged victim testified that Bruggink drove to her house drunk, broke in, and passed out on her couch.   That’s when she said she went to bed. The woman claims that Bruggink woke up, came into […]

  • Congressman introduces bill to ban ‘microbeads’

    LANSING, Mich.– A congressman from Michigan has introduced a bill that would place a ban on the manufacturing of microbeads that are commonly found in soaps. Rep. Fred Upton said it’s a bipartisan bill that would go into effect on a national level. “The bottom line is, it’s going to stop the manufacture of microbeads that are put into cosmetics that ultimately get into all of our water when they’re flushed down the drain,” Rep. Upton said. While the beads […]

  • West Michigan student joins nationwide debt strike; refuses to pay student loans

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– A woman who attended Everest Institute in Grand Rapids is now refusing to pay her student loan debt, claiming the for-profit college misled students. Mallory Heiney is part of the Corinthian 15, a national group raising awareness about America’s student loan debt crisis. At 21 years old, she has nearly $30,000 in student loan debt for a licensed practical nurse diploma she received from Everest. In 2013, she went to the college to inquire about the program. […]

  • Former GRPD officer accused of rape back in court; Attorney speaks out

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– For the first time, the attorney for the former Grand Rapids police officer accused of raping his ex-girlfriend is speaking out. On Wednesday, Ryan Bruggink appeared in a Wyoming courtroom for a preliminary conference. He’s accused of pushing his way into his ex-girlfriend’s home and raping her in the early morning hours of Nov. 25, 2014. Scott Grabel, Bruggink’s attorney, said the victim in this case isn’t telling the truth. “Come to the prelim next week, watch the […]