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.
ALLEGAN, Mich– Three years ago, a puppy got worldwide attention, after he was stung by hundreds of bees. The dog, later named Stinger, was found clinging to life. He was left outside of the West Michigan rescue, Luvnpupz, which took him in and raised money to help treat him. Stinger ended up having an allergic reaction to the stings. He was also diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called Pemphigus, as well as mange. After receiving expensive, emergency treatment, Stinger went […]
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Three years after her daughter was murdered, a mother hopes she can be an example of strength to others. Jeanne Huntoon was killed in Downtown Grand Rapids in 2016. The aftermath of the homicide was caught on security cameras, which kicked off a legal process that only ended this year. “That evening she was supposed to be back she never showed up. And this is where I believe he befriended her,” said Jeanne’s mother, Debbie, about […]
MIDDLEVILLE, Mich. — Jamie Zichterman, owner of Mitten Pizza, thought someone was playing a joke on him when he pulled out the electric bill for almost $20,000. But the bill from Great Lakes Energy was real, and for $19,795.75 to be exact. “It was just one of those things where it was almost like…is someone messing with me?” said Zichterman. The problem was in the meters – there were two of them at Mitten Pizza, but they’d only been receiving […]
NORTON SHORES, Mich– While some were out kayaking out in the large waves on Lake Michigan, for others, it’s a reminder of their homes inching closer to the water. That’s the case for Vance Smith. When he and his wife moved to their home about 30 years ago, they had a lovely beach to look at. Now, the water laps the shoreline. “We’re way off worse than we were at any time in the past,” says homeowner Vance Smith. Just […]
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Three people have died across West Michigan 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 […]