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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!

If you have a story idea for Ahtra, send her a message at Ahtra@Fox17online.com. You can also follow her on Twitter @AhtraElnashar, Instagram @ahtra and like her on Facebook!


Recent Articles
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    ROCKFORD, Mich.– A 5-year-old Rockford girl who has been seen around the world after a video of her on Christmas morning went viral is getting the royal treatment from her favorite place on Earth. When Natalie Grove wrote her letter to Santa Claus, she only asked for one thing: a Taco Bell gift card. “All she wrote was ‘Taco Bell gift card, love, Natalie,'” says her mom, Sarah Grove. Sarah caught Natalie’s reaction to getting her Christmas wish on camera […]

  • Kent Co. K-9 Unit honors retired Marine for raising puppies

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A retired Marine is being honored by the Kent County K-9 Unit for his work in raising puppies for police and service members. FOX 17 first reported about Omar Taylor on Jan. 6. When staff at the Kent County Sheriff’s Office saw the story, they decided to express their appreciation for Taylor’s efforts. “I think with all the negatives things we see in the news between military and law enforcement, when we saw his story it […]

  • Retired Marine raising support dogs for service members and police

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A retired Marine who has already done the country a great amount of service is now serving police officers and his fellow service members with the help of man’s best friend. Omar Taylor understands the personal price many pay to serve their country. He served in Afghanistan and Djibouti in 2002 and 2003. He now raises Bullmastiff puppies to give to active service members, veterans and police officers as companion animals for emotional support. Last Sunday, […]

  • State law requires new Calhoun County commissioner to give up job with better pay and benefits

    MARSHALL, Mich. — In what is usually a celebratory occasion, the swearing-in of members of the new Calhoun County Board of Commissioners marked a major sacrifice for one newly elected commissioner. Tommy Miller has worked for the Calhoun County Road Department for nearly 15 years and had to choose between leaving his job and serving as a county commissioner. Miller says he did not think holding both offices would be an issue. “When I first started running, I honestly believed […]

  • Gretchen Whitmer to be sworn in as next governor New Year’s Day

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  • Sailor surprises girlfriend with homecoming and proposal

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– Christmas may have been a few days ago but one young woman got her gift on Saturday and it was one she didn’t see coming. High school sweethearts Ana Mitchell and Xavier Keigley have been living apart for the past year while Xavier serves in the Navy as a radioman. He’s stationed in Bangor, Washington and has to spend months at a time in a submarine, which means he and Ana rarely get to see each other […]

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  • Grade school girls feed over 100 homeless people on Christmas

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