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.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The man accused of murdering a woman and dismembering her body heads to trial Tuesday after he rejected a plea deal from prosecutors Monday. Jared Chance is facing charges of murder in the killing of Ashley Young, 31, at his Grand Rapids apartment last year, concealing the death, and tampering with evidence. He was arrested back in December after a neighbor found blood in his basement. In a Kent County courtroom Monday, Chance turned down a […]
WALKER, Mich. — You can sweat for a cause at Grand Rapids first OUTWOD! This event is to help raise funds for the OUT Foundation which supports LGBTQ athletes who want to get involved with the gym. The athlete will get a scholarship, healthy meals and more. Proceeds will also benefit HQ Grand Rapids, a drop-in center with resources for youth experiencing homelessness. OUTWOD Grand Rapids is being held at CrossFit 616 on September, 14th 2019. Everyone is welcome, no experience needed. […]
ZEELAND, Mich. — There is a new bridal store in West Michigan celebrating with a soft opening Tuesday. Annie Lane Bridal, 152 E Main Avenue, opens in downtown Zeeland on Monday, September 9. The vision is to have brides pick out their dream wedding dress effortlessly. They can pick their dress, purchase and bring it home all in one day. No ordering or waiting months for the dress to come in. The owner, Annie Hamstra, started the business a few […]
IONIA CO., Mich. — A 6-year-old’s lemonade stand gaining the attention of state senators. Adelin Rice loves to read so it was no question that all the money she raised from her lemonade sales would go straight to one of her favorite places, the Ionia County Library. Rice received a state tribute on behalf of Lowell Representative Thomas Albert of Michigan’s 86th District and State Senator John Bizon of Battle Creek for her good deed. “I just really like helping […]
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A west Michigan couple recently started a platform called Thank You For My Fitness to share stories of how fitness benefits people outside of the gym. One of the most recent stories they shared is of 78-year-old Carol Leigh or “Aunt Carol” who does everything from Yoga to CrossFit while proving age is just a number. Leigh runs races, bikes, kayak’s, does Yoga, Tai Chi and now at 78 years old she’s adding to that list […]
ADA, Mich. — The James Salon & Boutique is celebrating the opening of its new location in Ada. The full-service salon, medical aesthetics spa and clothing boutique, will host a soft opening Thursday, Aug. 22 from 6:30-9 p.m., at their new location, 550 Settlers Dr., Suite 102 in Ada. The newest James Salon and Boutique location includes a clothing boutique on the main floor and a full-service salon and medical aesthetics spa on the second floor. “I couldn’t be more excited for the opening of our Ada location,” said James Garnant-Cooper, owner […]
WALKER, Mich. — A Grand Rapids man died early Wednesday morning after a motorcycle crash in Walker. The crash happened at about 5:45 a.m. on Turner Avenue NW at the entrance to the ramp to southbound US-131. Walker Police say the man was heading north on Turner Avenue when a 76-year-old woman heading south went to make a left turn onto the US-131 ramp. She apparently did not see the motorcycle and pulled in front of it. The motorcyclist hit […]
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Today is the first day of the 2019 school year for students at Grand Rapids Public Schools. For parents and students, the Grand Rapid Police Department and school district is hoping to keep students safe on their way to and from school. School officials say the traffic pattern will take some getting used to so make sure the kids are using the crosswalk starting on day one. If your child rides a bike to class. parents […]
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — We often hear people talk about how bad screen time is, but local experts say there can be just as many pros as cons and says it’s all about balance. “The reality is that technology is here to stay as an integral part of our lives and we want to be raising kids who know how to use it in a way that benefits them but also is healthy for them,” says Dr. Nicole Beurkens, PHD, […]