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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    IONIA, Mich. — Democrat Nick Colvin’s campaign released a new digital ad on Monday morning promoting his platform to “fix things.” Colvin is running in the Democratic primary for Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District, currently held by Rep. Justin Amash, I-Grand Rapids. In the ad, Colvin said affordable health care, job creation and a stronger local economy depend on a leader who “doesn’t worry about who gets the credit or who’s the loudest or who’s got the most money. Just fix […]

  • Top U.S. House Republican talks to FOX 17 about trade, whistleblower, and Justin Amash

    MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. — U.S. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy believes the future of American trading power comes down to a decision that is yet to be made by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. McCarthy has been pushing for Pelosi to bring the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) to a vote. “You know just last month, Mexico became our number one trading partner,” McCarthy tells FOX 17. “Canada became number three. How much stronger would we be if we had USMCA going […]

  • Vice President Pence revs up 2020 campaign with Michigan Republicans

    MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. —Vice President Mike Pence addressed the Michigan Republican Leadership Conference on Saturday afternoon, calling on the party to unify behind President Donald Trump. Pence arrived at the Grand Hotel to an auditorium and overflow room both at capacity. “A friend of mine is used to overflow, I am not,” Pence said. Pence thanked members of the audience for electing President Trump in 2016. The president won the state by just over 10,000 votes. Among the crowd was […]

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    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — As scores of economists warn of a looming recession, one in West Michigan forecasts the next major economic slowdown to hit by 2020, but says not everyone will feel it. A constraint on workers, a high price on goods and an economy low on cash are all signs of a slowing economy that could contribute to a recession, economist Paul Isely said. After the gross domestic product surpassed its potential in 2018, Isely and his team […]

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  • $1M grant will fund program to prevent disparities in infant mortality

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