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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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A new pro-life group based in Kent County is working to get a strict abortion ban on the 2020 ballot. Michigan Heartbeat Coalition (MHC) is starting a petition drive to have voters decide whether or not to implement a ban on abortions after a heartbeat is detected in an embryo. The ban would carry a punishment of a minimum of two years in prison for any doctor who performs an abortion after a heartbeat is detected. […]
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Health officials are urging people to protect themselves from a certain type of tick that can carry Lyme disease. The blacklegged, or deer tick, can carry the disease and nymphs are often out during late spring to early summer. According to Brian Hartl, an epidemiologist for the Kent County Health Department, the nymphs are currently out feeding or looking for human blood. Hartl says they’re often difficult to find, even when they’re on your body. “It’s […]
WASHINGTON – The lone Republican on Capitol Hill who’s publicly come out in favor of impeaching the president is responding to backlash from his party. On Saturday, Rep. Justin Amash, R-Grand Rapids, tweeted his opinion that President Donald Trump’s conduct is “impeachable” and Attorney General William Barr intentionally misrepresented the Mueller report to the American public. Some have questioned Amash’s timing, considering the redacted Mueller report has been out for a month. “I — thought it was the appropriate time […]
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — In a series of tweets on Saturday afternoon, U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, R-Grand Rapids, made his case for impeaching President Trump. Amash is the first Republican in Congress to take this stance. He says he has four principal conclusions: that Attorney General William Barr intentionally misrepresented the Mueller report, President Trump has “engaged in impeachable conduct,” the federal government’s system of checks and balances has been reduced by partisanship, and that he is one of a few […]
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– The Grand Rapids Police Department is calling all women interested in law enforcement to join the force. GRPD held its first ever ‘Women in Policing’ recruiting event on Saturday morning at the police department in downtown Grand Rapids. “Times are changing in reference to bringing more females into law enforcement, changing the way things are and just getting the interest of more women and showing them what law enforcement is about,” says Officer Jenny Rood. Rood has […]
LANSING, Mich. (AP/FOX 17) — Michigan’s Republican-led Legislature voted Tuesday to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure, pushing ahead with legislation Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said she would veto. The bills would prohibit physicians from performing abortion by dilation and evacuation, or D&E, except to save a woman’s life. Anti-abortion advocates refer to the procedure by the non-medical term “dismemberment abortion.” Angela Vasquez-Giroux, the director of communications for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan says calling a D&E abortion “dismemberment” is […]
RICHLAND, Mich.– After raising 20 puppies for a nonprofit aimed at empowering people with disabilities, Jack and Linda Trantham are getting the favor returned to them. Paws with a Cause is a nonprofit in Wayland that raises and trains service dogs, hearing dogs, seizure response dogs and service dogs for children with autism. The dogs are placed across the country with clients at no charge to them. Clients usually wait years to be placed with a dog because the demand […]
MUSKEGON, Mich. — Inside the Muskegon Correctional Facility, 40 inmates are working to train a new generation of assistance dogs. Paws with a Cause is a nonprofit in Wayland that raises and trains service dogs, hearing dogs, seizure response dogs and service dogs for children with autism. The dogs are placed across the country with clients at no charge to them. Clients usually wait years to be placed with a dog. The shortage of dogs is a result of a […]
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A bill recently passed through the state Senate would eliminate the requirement that drivers must purchase unlimited medical benefits to cover crash injuries, which has victims worried about the future of their health care. Many know Mary K. Hoodhood for her work as the founder of Kid’s Food Basket. Before her success with the nonprofit, Hoodhood was in a horrific car crash. On May 24, 1980, Hoodhood was driving up north with her soon-to-be husband and […]