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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
  • Grandwich competition underway to find best sandwich in GR

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Don’t miss the opportunity to try some of the best sandwiches from local businesses in the 8th annual Grandwich GR competition. This year 35 local restaurants are competing to see who has the best sandwich, earning the title of “Sandwich of the Year.” Now until July 20, these sandwiches will be up for the public vote to decide the Top 10. Then the Judges Top 10 will take place on July 26, where they will declare […]

  • Magicians taking over Grand Rapids for 90th annual convention

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The International Brotherhood of Magicians is in Grand Rapids for their 90th annual convention. If you’d like to get in on the magic there will be close-up and stage performances by award-winning magicians at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. The magic shows start at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and are open to the public.

  • Get your sweat on for a good cause

    JENISON, Mich. — There’s an event that combines a good workout while raising money for the Mental Health Foundation of west Michigan. 4G Athletic in Jenison is hosting Sip. Sweat. Social. You’ll have the chance to pick from 4 different group workouts, Move, Bike, Lift or Flow. Afterwards there will be food and drinks from New Holland Brewing, so you must be 21 years or older to take part in this event. What: Sip. Sweat. Social. When: June 6th from 6pm-9pm […]

  • May 25th, 2018: Natalie Merryman, Zinser Elementary School

    WALKER, Mich. — The winner of this week’s FOX 17 and Grand Rapids Community College ‘Classroom of the Week’ is Natalie Merryman. Merryman is a Early Childhood teacher at Zinser Elementary School. You can nominate a class for Classroom of the Week here.

  • What you need to know about dry drownings

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Summer is here and in west Michigan we’re surrounded by water, which means you’ll likely be spending time at the beach. Area doctors say this community has almost a hysteria level of concern over dry drowning. Some know it as the silent killer but we talked with an area doctor to find out what you really need to know about dry drowning. “I think the best way to explain dry drowning, which is a really confusing […]

  • Morning fires may have been part of contentious divorce; ends in suicide

    ALGOMA TOWNSHIP, Mich. – The Kent County Sheriff’s office believes that this morning’s suspicious fires in Algoma Township were part of a contentious divorce and resulted in a suicide attempt. The fire started about 6:45 a.m. in the 12000 block of Algoma Avenue.  Responding crews found two pole barns and a home at the property on fire.  No one was home. The person who called 911 about the fire informed dispatchers that there was a contentious divorce ongoing with the […]

  • May 18th, 2018: Nickie Swanson, Appleview Elementary School

    SPARTA, Mich. — The winner of this week’s FOX 17 and Grand Rapids Community College ‘Classroom of the Week’ is Nickie Swanson. Swanson is a 5th grade teacher at Appleview Elementary School and has been teaching for 26 years now. You can nominate a class for Classroom of the Week here.

  • May 11th, 2018: Lisle Merrifield, Grant Middle School

    GRANT, Mich. — The winner of this week’s FOX 17 and Grand Rapids Community College ‘Classroom of the Week’ is Lisle Merrifield. Merrifield is a 7th grade teacher at Grant Middle School and has been teaching for 24 years now. You can nominate a class for Classroom of the Week here.

  • May 4th, 2018: Johnathan Baty, Paris Ridge Elementary

    CALEDONIA, Mich. — The winner of this week’s FOX 17 and Grand Rapids Community College ‘Classroom of the Week’ is Johnathan Baty. Baty is a 5th grade teacher at Paris Ridge Elementary School and has been teaching for 5 years now. You can nominate a class for Classroom of the Week here.