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!
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– To ease the financial burden of paying for prom, hundreds of high school girls are getting the royal treatment thanks to Cinderella’s Closet. Put on by Mix 95.7, Cinderella’s Closet is an annual event that gives girls in need a free prom dress, shoes and jewelry to wear to prom. “We probably have close to 1,000 dresses,” says volunteer Wendy Reed. Last year the event helped dress over 200 girls and this year, Reed hopes they can […]
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– A senior at the West Michigan Aviation Academy recently returning from a prestigious congressional program is proving to be one of the top students in the state with a passion for fulfilling his civic duties. Luke Koenigsknecht, 17, describes himself as a “Supreme Court nerd” and can name all the sitting Supreme Court justices in order of seniority at the drop of a hat. “He’s probably one of the more remarkable students that I’ve ever had in […]
KENTWOOD, Mich. — It took six years for Anna Britton to be placed with her service dog, Dino. Now, she’s living her life in a way she never thought was possible. Britton has spina bifida and cerebral palsy. She is unable to walk, has trouble getting dressed and her right hand doesn’t work. Britton was born with these conditions but didn’t get a service dog until about two years ago, when she was 30 years old. For six years, Britton […]
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WYOMING, Mich.– The mother of a Kelloggsville Early Childhood Learning Center student is making sure her concerns are taken seriously after an alleged incident of child abuse that lead to the suspension of a staff member. Becky Templin’s 4-year-old daughter, who FOX 17 is not naming because she is a minor, says a staff member named Tammie Burg physically hurt her when she went to the bathroom after lunch at school in October 2018. Burg is now facing one count […]
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