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!

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    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– After decades of ministry work, Reverend Fred Wooden has decided to run for U.S. representative for Michigan’s third congressional district. “Because when you’re 65 years old, you go in for the most outlandish thing you can do, rather than by halves,” Wooden tells FOX 17. Wooden moved to Grand Rapids in 2005 to serve Fountain Street Church. Many of his political beliefs come from what he preaches. “Whether teeny or big or black or white or fat […]

  • Michigan Dems spar over corporate money in 2nd, final debate

    DETROIT, Mich. — Democrats running for Michigan governor have held their second and final televised debate weeks before the Aug. 7 primary. Abdul El-Sayed and Gretchen Whitmer sparred Thursday night over the influence of corporate money in politics. “We have people in this primary, people like Senator Whitmer who will take credit for healthcare reform but the fact is they’re also taking money from the corporations and individuals who want to maintain the status quo,” El-Sayed said. Whitmer responded by […]

  • Belonging to separate parties, twin sisters run for office

    KENTWOOD, Mich.– Twin sisters Monica Sparks and Jessica Ann Tyson seem identical in almost every way -that is, until they start talking politics. Jessica, a Republican, decided to run for Kent County Commissioner for the 13th district, which later inspired Monica to run for herself in the 12th district but as a Democrat. “The reason that I’m standing as a Democrat is funny because she said the same thing but we just see through two different lenses,” Monica tells FOX […]

  • ‘Justice for Otsego’ group believes contaminated water caused local cancer cluster

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