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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
  • 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.

  • April 27, 2018: Kathryn Baynes, Newaygo High School

    NEWAYGO, Mich. — The winner of this week’s FOX 17 and Grand Rapids Community College ‘Classroom of the Week’ is Kathryn Baynes. Baynes is the Director of Bands for Newaygo Public Schools and has been teaching for 5 years now. You can nominate a class for Classroom of the Week here.

  • April 20, 2018: Megan Schneider, All Saints Academy

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The winner of this week’s FOX 17 and Grand Rapids Community College ‘Classroom of the Week’ is Megan Schneider. Schneider teaches 1st grade at All Saints Academy and has been teaching for 11 years now. You can nominate a class for Classroom of the Week here.

  • Paint your support at ‘Kindness Class’ for Autism Awareness month

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — In light of Autism Awareness month, Hearts for the Arts Studio in Grand Rapids is hosting a “Kindness Class”. The class will be a fundraiser for the Autism Support of Kent County and all profits benefit A.S.K. This will take place April 28th from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Hearts for the Arts Studio. It’s open to all ages and is $35. No skills are needed as the class will be taught step-by-step. You’ll have the chance to choose different […]

  • April 13, 2018: Danielle LaJoye, Steeby Elementary School

    WAYLAND, Mich. — The winner of this week’s FOX 17 and Grand Rapids Community College ‘Classroom of the Week’ is Danielle LaJoye. LaJoye teaches 3rd grade at Steeby Elementary School and has been teaching for 6 years now. You can nominate a class for Classroom of the Week here.