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!
MUSKEGON, Mich. — Shifting party loyalties and an assembly of various demographics in Muskegon County could indicate how the rest of the country will vote in 2020. This week, national political newspaper The Hill named Muskegon County as one of 10 counties in the country that will be pivotal for the upcoming presidential election. “The county really has everything in it,” Calvin University professor Doug Koopman said. Muskegon County has voted Democratic in every presidential election since 1992. However, that […]
LANSING, Mich. — Under emergency rules ordered by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Michigan will become the first state to ban flavored nicotine vaping products. “As governor, my number one priority is keeping our kids safe,” Whitmer said in a tweet Wednesday morning. “And right now, companies selling vaping products are using candy flavors to hook children on nicotine and misleading claims to promote the belief that these products are safe. That ends today.” The emergency rules will go into effect in […]
OLIVE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Dozens of dogs once in the path of Hurricane Dorian have made their way to Michigan, seven of which are waiting for adoption at Harbor Humane Society. The call to send the 73 dogs from Florida and the Bahamas to Michigan was last minute, but the staff at Harbor Humane Society were ready. The seven dogs sent to the West Olive shelter are all medium or large dogs that are mostly mixed breeds. “Kind of just […]
SARANAC, Mich. — Many in Saranac started their Labor Day weekend working to help a family experiencing tragedy after their 12-year-old son suddenly died after collapsing during football practice. Skylar Lasby suffered cardiac arrest due to an irregular heartbeat on Wednesday, according to the Kent County Medical Examiner’s Office. “Clearly it’s a tragedy and I mean, nobody expects to drop their son off at football practice and then not be able to pick him back up,” Allison Willis said. Willis […]
SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. — Firefighters in South Haven are holding a fundraiser on Sunday to buy commercial washing machines that, unlike their current machines, can wash out the carcinogens that accumulate on their gear. South Haven Area Emergency Services (SHAES) will hold a pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Station 3 located at 90 Blue Star Highway. “We’re going to have eggs, pancakes, sausage, drinks, the whole nine yards,” firefighter and paramedic Brian Montgomery said. Each plate is […]
MONTAGUE, Mich. — A trip to the beach suddenly turned into a rescue mission for a woman and her grandson, but it looked nothing like a typical emergency scene. Ellen Johnson and her grandson were heading to the beach Saturday afternoon when they saw some young men gathered near the end of her driveway. They were trying to catch a small dog. She pulled over to help them. Before Johnson knew it, the dog crawled up into the bottom of […]
LANSING, Mich. — With 33 days left to pass a budget, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Republican leaders in the state legislature appear no closer to reaching a deal, avoiding a government shutdown. Whitmer met with Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, and House Speaker Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, on at 9 a.m. Wednesday, according to Gideon D’Assandro, Chatfield’s communications director. On Tuesday afternoon, Whitmer announced she would be holding a press conference on Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. to give an […]
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A local chapter of a nationwide environmental group is accusing Consumers Energy of contaminating drinking water in West Olive with the coal waste from its J.H. Campbell Generating Complex. On Tuesday morning, representatives of Sierra Club Michigan gathered in front of its billboard in downtown Grand Rapids to announce results of drinking water testing of four homes on private wells within a mile of the Campbell plant. The tests were conducted on July 1 by Pace […]
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — What started out as a simple effort to help kids properly start their school year has turned into a major community initiative, thanks to a mother with a big heart. Angela Sharifsain got the idea last year to do a backpack giveaway. “I said I’ll put it into plan and just started buying backpacks last year,” Sharifsain said. “Then I just kept seeing backpacks and I just kept buying backpacks.” Before long, Sharifsain had gathered more […]