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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    PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.– Two men from Kent County are among dozens of Michiganders who are heading to the nation’s capitol to advocate that action be taken against PFAS contamination in drinking water. On September 26, the Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversights and Emergency Management will be convening a hearing called “The Federal Role in the Toxic PFAS Chemical Crisis.” Michigan Senator Gary Peters, who is the ranking member of that subcommittee, was instrumental in organizing the hearing. “We have to […]

  • Police teach civilians to ‘avoid, deny, defend’ in active shooter response classes

    WEST OLIVE, Mich.– The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office is offering courses for civilians to learn how to best respond during an active shooter situation. The ‘CRASE’ course, which stands for Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events, has been in high demand, according to Sergeant Chris Koster, as mass shootings and the threats of shootings become more common in schools and public places. “A lot of them are just seeing what’s going on in the world and in the country as […]

  • Boy with medical condition gets a rare chance to play football

    RAVENNA, Mich.– Playing football with friends is a right of passage for most young boys but for one 10-year-old in Ravenna, that’s never been possible because of a head injury he suffered as an infant. Hayden Newey got a head injury when he was 2 months old and his doctors say his young age makes him more susceptible to getting another. That, along with the fact that his injury left him partially blind in one eye means Hayden isn’t allowed […]

  • Woman with Bipolar Disorder to train psychiatric service dog to help cope with symptoms

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  • VP Pence visits Grand Rapids steel company

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Vice President Mike Pence paid a visit to Mill Steel in Grand Rapids on Wednesday to boast tax reform under the Trump administration. Choosing to appear at Mill Steel was a strategic move for Pence. The company has publicly supported President Trump’s tax reform. In February, the company announced it was giving 400 of its full-time employees a $1,000 bonus as a result of tax cuts. However, President Trump’s economic policies are more complicated than Vice […]

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    PORTAGE, Mich.– Jim Moreland and his wife were in their driveway on Monday evening when a massive tree in their front yard fell down during a severe thunderstorm. Moreland estimates the tree is about 200 years old and has never seen this kind of damage in the 15 years he’s lived in his home on Sprinkle Road. “We were sitting in our driveway, it started raining real hard and my wife said, ‘let’s don’t leave yet,'” Moreland tells FOX 17. […]

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