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.
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 […]
MUSKEGON, Mich. – It was a silent but potent statement made by cyclists nationwide during the 17th annual Ride for Silence. Avid riders become activists from the seat of their bikes Wednesday, without saying a word. In 20 countries and 47 U.S. states, cyclists ride together silently to raise awareness for bicyclist safety on the 3rd Wednesday of every May. The most recent NHTSA data from 2017 shows 783 cyclists in the U.S. died in crashes on the road. “We’ve […]
KELLOGGSVILLE, Mich. – A school employee facing fourth-degree child abuse charges was acquitted Tuesday. Tammie Burg pleaded not guilty to that charge in March, after a parent at the school had claimed she grabbed her daughter in October of 2018. Becky Templin claimed she found bruises on her 4-year-old daughter’s arm that day, when the child told her Burg had grabbed her by the arm for taking too long in the bathroom. Templin received a follow-up call from the Kent […]
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — For as long as it’s been diagnosed, rare pediatric brain cancer Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, or DIPG, has been a death sentence. It was for Chad Carr, grandson of legendary Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr, and it has been for a handful of families in Michigan. “For a family to hear those words – and you can’t do anything about it, and you’re just there waiting for the worst to happen,” said Tom Ruddy, who […]
BELDING, Mich. — Though many soldiers returning home from Vietnam after the war were forgotten, Denny Craycraft never overlooked their dedication. He was one of them, and eventually became the determined architect behind a monument for all vets. The Vietnam memorial in the Belding Veteran’s Park is a replica of the wall in Washington, D.C. Bearing the names of the 2,654 Michigan service members who lost their lives in the conflict, the idea was conceived, fund-raised, and erected by Denny […]
BELDING, Mich. — When veterans of the Vietnam War came back from combat, they were forgotten – or worse – chastised for their service. But because of the work of Denny Craycraft, they will forever stand in perpetuity in a small, unassuming corner of Belding, Michigan. Craycraft, himself a Vietnam vet, hurdled obstacles almost weekly for a year to erect what is now one of the most sparkling memorials to veterans of every major American conflict since the birth of […]
ALLEGAN, Mich– It’s something no parent wants to do: bury their child. In June 2018, Amber Curry lost her 3-year-old son, Brayden, after he drowned while swimming with family members. CPR efforts on the scene couldn’t save him. Curry says she was at work when she got the call. “You stop, you freeze. There’s no emotion. You’re empty,” said Curry. While at the hospital, Curry was approached by the Gift of Life about donating Brayden’s organs. “I began to think, […]