Doug joined the FOX17 News team in June of 2015. A Boston-area native, he traded the sweltering heat of Albany, Georgia for the more familiar climate of the Midwest.
After graduating from the University of Maryland and working at WFXL in Albany for two years, Doug came to FOX17 as a general assignment reporter, Problem Solver investigator, and weekend morning anchor. Following the departure of long-time anchor Christian Frank in October of 2017, Doug rejoined his weekend morning co-host Annie Szatkowski on the desk full-time, anchoring the 5 and 11 p.m. newscasts every weeknight.
MICHIGAN – The past few days have brought once-in-a-lifetime cold temperatures to the Midwest, and people in Michigan are embracing it, despite the danger, for a laugh. Take Grand Valley State University triathlete Brandon VanOosten. A little snow and subzero temps didn’t put a dent in his training regimen, diving head first into a snowbank and completing all three abbreviated legs of his mini practice race. In Wayland, Mr. Sweet’s class at Steby Elementary read their way to a worthy […]
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The transcripts don’t contain new information, but in detailed 9-1-1 calls made to police the night a neighbor discovered the remains of Ashley Young, you can detect a nature of panic and confusion. Though the name of the caller is redacted, Mario Nelson was the only one living with suspected killer Jared Chance in the other unit of a duplex on Franklin Street. In the calls, Nelson identifies himself as a resident of the home, and […]
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — With dangerous effects and a sales pitch similar to K2 Synthetic Marijuana, Tianeptine has caught the attention of law enforcement and lawmakers in Michigan. Becoming the first state to schedule the drug as illegal, Michigan takes the lead on banning a substance doctors say is compounding the ongoing opioid crisis. Doctor William Morrone, a lab professional, began seeing strange deaths similar to opioid overdoses a few years ago and couldn’t pinpoint the cause. “You’d take them […]
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – After almost 40 years on the run, the mystery of West Michigan fugitive Tommie Lee Hill is now detailed in a book authored by his victim. Hill disappeared from a Terre Haute prison back in 1980, sent there on a conviction of rape charges. His victim – Erma Shaw, just 12-years-old at the time. She became pregnant after the incident. In an escape the U.S. Marshall’s office told FOX7 was “Hollywood-eqsue,” Hill slipped away and still […]
DENVER, Colo. — When Michigan opens its doors to recreational marijuana, who will sell it? In Colorado, the first state to legalize recreational use, marijuana was a $1.6 billion industry in 2017, and Denver made $43 million in taxes. But the people who sell it and the people who regulate it there are dealing with a tangled web of rules, and Michigan has a lot to learn from what they’ve already been through. Kim Casey, communications director for Native Roots […]
DENVER, Colo. — There are a lot of questions still lingering after Michigan voters this month approved the use of recreational marijuana. In Colorado, one of the first states to legalize, Health officials still don’t have a good sample size for figuring out what legalization will mean down the road, and the same goes for public safety. In Colorado, it’s legal to possess one ounce of pot; Michigan voted to allow ten times that. “We were a little nervous in […]
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — It’s probably a bit too much to describe a pizza as “life-changing,” even though some people do. But in this story of an above and beyond delivery, life-changing might be an understatement. If it was your last pie ever, where would you order from? For Julie Morgan and her husband Rich, the answer has always been Steve’s in Battle Creek. “Whenever they got a paycheck they would go to Steve’s Pizza because they loved his pizza,” […]
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Michigan AARP chapter and Western Michigan University’s College of Health and Human Services have released a study profiling the disparities aging people face when attempting to get healthcare. The study, titled ‘Disrupting Disparities: The Continuum of Care for Michiganders 50 and Older” looks at the many issues older adults face in their effort to get treated, many of them technological or transportation based. “They often have to travel miles and miles to get to […]
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – After purchasing a Paris Avenue rental home, Don Smalligan wasn’t expecting anything eventful. “So we bought it and began renovating it,” Smalligan said. “I was climbing around in the attic where there was all kinds of things from the last 100 years [and] I found, buried back in a corner, these booklets.” Don, an architect by trade, pulled them out, gave them a look, and immediately realized he had accidentally stumbled upon a treasure. “I was […]