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 mutilating the body of a deceased Kalamazoo County woman is now charged in her murder and was arraigned in Kent County court Friday. Jared Chance, 29, was arraigned Friday on an open murder charge, in the death of Ashley Young. He was previously charged with mutilation of a dead body and concealing a person’s death. The body of Ashley Young was found on Sunday December 2 in a home in the 900 […]
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The parents of Jared Chance are out on bond following a probable cause hearing for accessory after the fact and lying in the investigation of their son’s crimes. Jared Chance, their son, is accused of dismembering a body and concealing the death of a Kalamazoo woman, Ashley Young. Barbara and James Chance standing are expected back in court January 10th for a preliminary hearing where we will likely hear more about the case against them then.
BYRON CENTER, Mich. — Ben Klooster spent more than half his life battling cancer, now his mother now hopes to share his passion with others. Ben Klooster had just turned six, two weeks before he passed away from rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancer of the soft and connective tissues. Now, almost a year later, his mother is helping Ben’s legacy live on by sharing his love for art with other kids at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. “He became very withdrawn in the […]
JENISON, Mich. — Some west Michigan businesses are teaming up for an event, after seeing a decline in customers due to delayed road construction. Businesses along Cottonwood Drive in Ottawa County, are hosting an event this Saturday called Outlet for Construction Frustration. It’s an effort to bring people to the area to shop, since construction has been going on for months. Just last week, officials announced the construction will not be completed until the new year. Between 11am to 2pm on […]
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Craft enthusiasts and people who like to sew in West Michigan now have a new quilt boutique to shop at. Savasana Quilts opened its doors December 15 just north of Celebration! Cinema on the East Beltline. The store features modern fabrics and quilt classes for all skill levels. “We welcome anyone – whether you’re new to sewing or an expert – to stop by our shop and discover the unique fabrics, tools and classes we have […]
KENT COUNTY, Mich. — Deputies in West Michigan are trying to keep children safe before they’re involved in a crash. According to the county sheriff’s office, only five percent of residents in Kent County have their car seats properly installed. In order to lower that statistic, two of their community policing officers have recently become nationally certified car seat safety technicians. When deputies noticed no one in their office was currently certified, they reached out to State Farm Insurance for assistance. […]
PLAINWELL, Mich. — We visited our final school this morning for our FOX 17 Food Fight Fridays and officially have our winner! Plainwell High School took home the trophy collecting more 12,229 lbs of food, all of that going right back into their community for the Plainwell Christmas Project. A big thanks to all the students, staff and community members throughout west Michigan who have collected 49,268 lbs of food since the beginning of our Food Fight Fridays. Thornapple Kellogg High […]
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — ‘The Commons‘ is located at 547 Cherry St SE in downtown Grand Rapids and offers an experience straight out of the 70s. The menu features retro comfort food, craft beer and even 70s themed drinks. The owner collected decorations and mementos that reminded her of her childhood which are now on display in the restaurant.
WAYLAND, Mich. — We continued our ‘Food Fight Fridays’ and made our way out to Wayland Union High School. Students and staff really pulling together to make it all possible, so far all the schools we’ve gone to have collected more than 37 thousand pounds of food. Feeding America West Michigan helps distribute to pantries, shelter and after school programs throughout west Michigan. The total amount collected from Wayland Union was 6,185, this equates to 5,154 meals put directly into our community […]