Ahtra joined the FOX 17 News team in October 2017.
Ahtra was born and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin where she cheered on the Green Bay Packers since birth. She attended high school at Interlochen Arts Academy as a theatre major and is happy to return to Michigan! Ahtra earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.
Ahtra previously worked at KDLT in Sioux Falls, South Dakota as a morning anchor. She’s thrilled to be part of the FOX 17 family as a weekend evening anchor and reporter.
In addition to news, Ahtra’s greatest passion is politics. In her spare time, she enjoys watching old presidential debates and reading political memoirs. When Ahtra isn’t in the newsroom or on assignment, she also enjoys cooking and hot yoga!
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WASHINGTON — The Office of Congressional Ethics released a report of allegations over misuse of campaign funds by U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland. The Federal Elections Commission already dismissed the allegations, which were filed in a complaint by Michigan Democrats last fall. Despite the dismissal, the board of the Office of Congressional Ethics proceeded with an investigation and sent its report to the House Committee on Ethics on Aug. 9, 2019. The 33-page report details expenses incurred during campaign events, […]
MUSKEGON, Mich. — Though recreational marijuana sales will be legal in Michigan on Dec. 1, finding a place to purchase it on that day might be tricky. Businesses like Park Place Provisionary in Muskegon likely won’t have its license to sell to recreational users until at least mid-December because the city’s application for that license isn’t available yet. Gregory Maki, the owner of Park Place Provisionary, said he hopes his business will be cleared for recreational sales as soon as […]
WALKER, Mich. — A 58-year-old man is running a marathon every day for over a week to make a point about a deadly disease his younger brother is suffering. “I’m doing this run mostly because I love my brother and secondly, because I hate ALS,” James Frank said. Frank’s brother Jerry was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis disease two and a half years ago. He’s now in a wheelchair and depends on family to help him as his ALS progresses. […]
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The man guilty of murdering a father of two last year will spend the next 50 to 100 years in prison. Tony Streets Jr. faced a Kent County judge on Thursday in a courtroom filled with Joey Vitale’s friends and family, some of whom gave statements before Streets Jr. was sentenced. “As a little girl, all I ever wanted growing up was to marry a good man and have a family of our own,” Vitale’s wife […]
LOWELL, Mich. — After voters shut down a ballot proposal on Tuesday to increase income tax to fund road repairs, city leaders have a tough choice to make. The proposed 1% income tax increase for residents and .5% increase for nonresidents for 15 years was estimated to generate the $1 million per year it will take to fix the city’s roads, according to City Manager Mike Burns. On Tuesday, the proposal failed 61% to 39%. Burns, who previously told FOX […]
MUSKEGON, Mich. — U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland, has proposed legislation to fund community-based health care programs that have been crafted as middleground between private and publicly funded insurance. A multi-share coverage model requires contributions from the individual, their employer or educator, the government, and a sponsoring health care organization like Access Health in Muskegon. Access Health covers about 500 people in West Michigan, each of whom pay about $75 per month. Many of Access Health’s members make too much […]
LOWELL, Mich. — On Tuesday, voters in Lowell will decide whether or not to raise their own taxes in order to fix roads that according to City Manager Mike Burns, “are in bad shape.” The ballot proposal would allow the city to collect 1% of adjusted gross income tax from residents and businesses and .5% from non-residents. The tax would be implemented for 15 years. Burns said 91 % of Lowell’s roads are considered “fair or poor” under the Pavement […]
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The state is now accepting applications for voters who want to serve on the new Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission, which was created by the passing of Proposal 2. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said 3,000 people have applied to on the commissions since applications opened last week. “This is a chance for citizens throughout the state of Michigan to be a part of history,” Benson said. “We’re only the second state in the country to […]
NEWAYGO, Mich.— From the couch in his Newaygo apartment, Chris O’Brien is trying to piece together what happened to him around 3:30 a.m. on Saturday. That Friday night, O’Brien and his friends went to a concert at the Intersection in downtown Grand Rapids. They went to an after-party for about an hour before heading home. The last thing he remembers is being dropped off near his car on Chatham Street NW. “They dropped me off, couldn’t have been 100 feet […]