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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.

Doug has filed reports from the cockpit of an F-18, the 2016 World Series, and aboard an aircraft carrier miles out at sea – to him, the more eccentric the story, the better! Reach out on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with YOUR stories!

Recent Articles
  • Design tweak is getting patients faster, better mammogram results

    HOLLAND, Mich. – It’s a simple tweak, but it could save lives. Mammograms aren’t a procedure associated with comfort, but they’re still the gold standard for detecting breast cancer. Now at Holland Hospital, patients can have the best of both worlds. Hologic, the hospital’s medical imaging provider, recently released the Smart Curve paddle, a more ergonomic design meant to reduce pain and discomfort an estimated 75 percent of women report during mammography. “Unfortunately, that is the main reason women avoid […]

  • Belding Vietnam veteran’s wall finally unveiled

    BELDING, Mich. – It’s a project that Denny Craycraft has spent almost ten years working on, and this Memorial Day Monday, it was unveiled in its entirety for the very first time. The Belding Veteran’s Park now has a memorial to every major U.S. conflict, capped off this Monday by the completion of the Vietnam Veterans Wall. On it are etched the names of the 2,654 Michigan soldiers and sailors who lost their lives in the war. “When I started […]

  • 4 decades later, man recalls getting shot, finishing marathon

    RICHMOND, Va. – As the city prepares for the 40th annual running of the Fifth/Third Riverbank Run, another race is celebrating its anniversary – the race that bore the legend of Bullet Man. On November 4th, 1978, a then-26-year-old Dennis Rainer was attempting to qualify for the Boston Marathon via the old Grand Rapids marathon. Much of the course wound its way through rural areas near Grand Valley State’s campus, and as Rainer approached the ten mile mark, he was […]

  • Youth shooting team hits the mark on fun and safety

    ADA, Mich. – It’s not the most conventional sport, but competitive shooting offers many of the same values and benefits of any other youth activity. And in Ada, there’s a team that specializes in fun and fostering good safety habits. The Kent County Conservation League Orange Crushers competes in statewide competitions, regional meets, and even the national tournament. The group is always open to new members of any age. “It means the world to me,” said head coach David Held. “There […]

  • Your new tech can cause problems for 911 dispatchers

    OTTAWA COUNTY. Mich. – This week marks 50 years since the first 911 call was placed in the United States. Since then, first response has come a long way, as devices and technology has evolved. With the addition of cell phones, call centers received an entirely new way to communicate with those in need of help. And now, with the emergence of smart watches and voice-activated tech on the market, there’s an even newer one – sometimes, accidental. For example… […]

  • Dad goes to the Super Bowl in son’s honor

    HUDSONVILLE, Mich. – In 2016, Tommy Ruddy was diagnosed with DIPG, a rare form of brain cancer only 300 children fall ill with worldwide each year. Throughout his treatment, Tommy remained – like his Mom and Dad – a diehard Philadelphia Eagles fan. He even kept in contact with players like Jordan Matthews while in the hospital, and members of the team would regularly come visit Tommy and sign memorabilia for DIPG fundraisers. And of course, Tommy was in front […]

  • ‘Boy Scouts’ not just for the boys anymore; girls join West Michigan Troop

    BELMONT, Mich. – On the first if the year, the Boy Scouts of America have done something out of the ordinary: They let in girls. It’s a change many feel was long overdue in the organization’s history that spans more than 100 years and an arrangement many troops nationwide had been following for years. “It’s been there around the country, anyways,” said Steven Boyer, assistant Cubmaster of Troop 3283 in Belmont. “So they just said, You know what? They’re doing […]

  • Baby born 4 months early spending first Christmas out of the hospital

    'She's our Christmas miracle'

  • Erin Brockovich hosts town hall for water contamination concerns

    COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. — Environmental activist Erin Brockovich  made a stop in West Michigan on Saturday to encourage residents affected by contaminated water to join a class action lawsuit. The suit is being litigated by Weitz & Luxenberg, Miller Law, and Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP. In an open meeting, representatives from these firms say they are after money from these companies that are responsible for the dumping. But will a big check from Wolverine Worldwide, 3M and Waste […]