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Alyssa is one of the newest members to join the FOX 17 team and is excited to explore and learn more about West Michigan.

Born and raised in Flushing, MI, Alyssa has always had a passion for reporting as she grew up watching the local news and taking several station visits to sit through newscasts. Alyssa’s quest for a career in broadcasting led her to Central Michigan University where she graduated with a degree in Broadcast & Cinematic Arts and a minor in Journalism and American Sign Language.

Alyssa previously worked at WPBN-TV 7&4 News in Traverse City, MI taking her viewers on adventures throughout northern Michigan.

From breaking news to the must see events, Alyssa is passionate about sharing your story. If you see her around town make sure to say hello and feel free to shoot her story ideas at Ahearin@fox17online.com.


Recent Articles
  • First of a kind Cirque du Soleil show comes to Grand Rapids

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — If you are looking for something entertaining for the whole family, Cirque du Soleil is coming to Grand Rapids this weekend. This is the show’s first acrobatic performance on ice planned from May 16-19 at the Van Andel Arena. Ticket prices start around $59 each and can be purchased online. Our Alyssa Hearin gave us a sneak peak.

  • Construction update on Studio Park in Grand Rapids

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Progress is being made on one of Grand Rapids’ newest developments. Nearly 30 different construction crews are working around the clock to get the Studio Park development ready. “We’re really excited.  Studio Park is at the heart of the new entertainment district just south of the Van Andel arena,” said spokesperson Emily Loeks. Loeks says there will be a total of 106 lofts in the project which will be at market rate and officials hope the […]

  • Barn for Equine Learning hosting benefit after fire

    LOWELL, Mich. — It’s been nearly two years since a devastating fire destroyed a West Michigan horse barn and now you have a chance to help the owners with future programming. The Barn for Equine Learning, 3203 Timpson Ave SE in Lowell, provides therapy to both kids and adults. After a fire killed their 13 therapy horses, the owners were forced to rebuild and find new horses. A suspect was charged in the crime and sentenced for setting the fire intentionally. […]

  • New bakery, event space opens in downtown GR restaurant

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — New Hotel Mertens, a locally-owned and operated French restaurant located at 35 Oakes St SW in Grand Rapids is expanding. The company is opening a bakery and quick service café together with a restaurant and an event space. The new space provides accommodations for private parties, meetings, events, and weddings. Haute at New Hotel Mertens is a rooftop lounge on the top floor of the same building and it’s also officially open for the season Thursday. […]

  • Celebrate Egg month at the Critter Barn

    ZEELAND, Mich. — If you didn’t know, May is actually National Egg month and Michigan ranks sixth in the nation for egg production.  Here in West Michigan, there are a total of 17 family-owned farms with up to 15 million birds. The Critter Barn, 9275 Adams Street in Zeeland, is now inviting families out to learn more about eggs. The farm will have different fun activities for the kids centered around eggs, hens and Michigan family farms for the entire […]

  • Opening weekend at TreeRunner Adventure Park in GR

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — If you are looking to take the family to new heights, TreeRunner Adventure Park opens for the season this weekend. The park is located at 2121 Celebration Drive NE in Grand Rapids near the East Beltline and Knapp’s corner. There are more than 60 exciting obstacles and zip lines, three difficulty levels, and seven different courses, there is plenty to explore. There is also a Junior Park for kids designed for ages 4 to 7. You […]

  • Holland HopCat opening Saturday

    HOLLAND, Mich. — West Michigan will soon be home to another HopCat location but this time on the Lakeshore. HopCat will open its 17th location, 80 West 8th Street in Holland on Saturday, April 27. It will be part of the West Eighth Street development which will include an 11-screen cinema, retail shops, apartments, condominiums and a new parking deck with 380 spaces. The first 200 people in the new store will get free cosmic fries for a year, as […]

  • Kids can burn off energy without breaking the bank at Jenison gym

    JENISON, Mich. — If you are looking for a place to take the kids to burn off some energy, without breaking the bank a facility in West Michigan has a lot to offer. Kids Unlimited Activity Center, 596 Baldwin Street Suite 2, offers open gym on Wednesday’s for families to bring their kids for a ton of different fun activities. Your family can enjoy jumping on a half-dozen trampoline surfaces, climb the ninja course, or swing on the ropes. The […]

  • ‘Bliss and Vinegar’ opens in Grand Rapids Downtown Market

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Bliss & Vinegar’s new downtown restaurant is officially open in the Grand Rapids Downtown Market. The new space offers a fresh, healthy menu focused around chopped salads, wraps and quinoa bowls, with the addition of a retail shop featuring fresh produce, specialty food products and kitchen items. The made-to-order menu allows people to customize every part of their meal with more than 50 salad toppings and house-made dressings, made from scratch with only natural ingredients and […]

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