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.
WEST MICHIGAN – Three people have died across West Michigan, succumbing to the rare Eastern equine encephalitis, or EEE, a mosquito-borne illness that’s becoming an increasing danger in the state. Of the three cases in Kalamazoo County, one turned fatal. Cass and Van Buren counties also had a fatal case each, and non-fatal human cases popped up in Barry and Berrien counties. In light of the new cases, the state health department is urging those counties to postpone or cancel […]
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Residents in the Belknap Lookout neighborhood of Grand Rapids woke up Thursday to downed trees and power lines. One resident, Jarrod Schaffer, says he watched his neighbor’s apartment suffer severe damage from strong winds Wednesday. “It even turned over some of the heavier garbage cans, like the steel ones, and honestly we were just happy to still be okay because our house was between all the trees that were getting uprooted and then all the debris […]
SARANAC, Mich. — The Saranac community said goodbye to a 12-year-old who died after football practice last week. Seventh grader Skylar Lasby collapsed on the field and died at the hospital on Aug. 28. Medical examiners later said it was caused by a hereditary irregular heartbeat that Skylar’s siblings are now being tested for. A week after his tragic death, 800 of his family members, classmates, and every member of the junior varsity and varsity football teams came out to […]
Grand Rapids, Mich. – The John Ball Zoo is unique for a lot of reasons, perhaps chiefly, because it’s built into the side of a hill. The first few minutes are spent trekking up it. It makes for an interesting zoo experience, but for some, the simple enjoyments of a day out can turn daunting. “This is the last major thoroughfare of the zoo that’s not accessible for everyone in the community,” said Michael Lemonaco with the zoo. “This is […]
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The owner of popular west side restaurant Sovengard says his security cameras captured a break-in suspect from early Tuesday morning. “This morning I got a call from one of my staff and they said we had been broken into,” said restaurant owner and general manager Rick Muschiana. The security pictures are crystal-clear, and the damage is glaring. “Came in this morning, and there’s a huge mess,” said Muschiana, showing FOX17 cameras the damage Tuesday night. “He […]
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Although you may not know it, the resources of Michigan State University are available to every county in the state. Through its MSU Extension program, now over a century old, MSU has been collaborating with communities and neighbors to impact their sustainability, economy, and educational opportunities. MSU Extension has a presence in every single Michigan county. Their educators work right where you live. Dr. Jeff Dwyer from MSU Extension sits down with FOX17 to talk about […]
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – In its 14th year, the Bissell Blocktail Party got so popular, organizers needed a bigger space. Now the state’s largest animal welfare fundraiser, the annual event from the Bissell Pet Foundation is benefiting local shelters for another year. “Grand Rapids is a community that loves their pets,” said Bissell Pet Foundation founder Kathy Bissell. “We needed more space and here we are in East Grand Rapids on the track and field, loving every second of this.” […]
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The day began before the sun came up. 65 veterans and their families excitedly shuffled into the terminal at Gerald R. Ford International Airport for the trip they deserved. Honor Flight is a network of non-profit organizations that, free-of-charge, fly veterans and a family member to Washington, D.C. for the day so they can take in the memorials and monuments and be with one another. Leaving from Ford International to fanfare, they arrive in D.C. to […]
BELDING, Mich. – On a day meant to honor and remember those who’ve fallen in service of the country, the city of Belding unveiled a stunning contribution to that mission. After almost three years of fundraising and building, a finishing touch was revealed today at the Belding Veteran’s Park. In front of the hard-fought-for Vietnam Memorial Wall there, a field cross and monuments to the Blue and Gold Star Mothers were erected and shown to the public for the first […]