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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.

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Recent Articles
  • Recreational pot: Colorado officials’ suggestions for Michigan

    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 […]

  • Denver dispensary gives a preview of what to expect with Michigan marijuana

    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 […]

  • Pizza restaurant worker makes long distance delivery for man with cancer

    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,” […]

  • What a new AARP study says about aging Michiganders

      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 […]

  • Mapping the past: Man’s historic discovery shows new side of Grand Rapids

    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 […]

  • Here legally for 12 years: Mel Trotter worker now facing deportation

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich– It’s a topic that’s been discussed a lot in recent months: immigration and deportation. While family separations continue at the U.S./Mexico border with people entering the country illegally, one man in West Michigan is hoping to stay here, after being in the U.S. legally for the past 12 years. After high school, Theodore Tabiri came to the U.S. from Ghana and studied at Davenport University on a Student Visa. He eventually extended that visa, and received a […]

  • Behind the Badge: Walker Police Department

    WALKER, Mich. – West Michigan’s Most Wanted is going behind the badge with local police officers. This week, our teams rode along with Officer Tiffany Elliott, a veteran of the Walker Police Department. From an unexpected job referral, to a close call on the roadway, and soap, Officer Elliott shares her thoughts on the job, and more on her hobbies when the shift is over.

  • Captivating viewer photos tell story of Tuesday storms

    Tuesday storms across West Michigan left widespread damage, but also created some amazing photo opportunities. From downed trees, to lightning strikes and flooding, FOX17’s Darren Cunningham and Doug Reardon recap the best and most breathtaking photos from the storms.

  • Police issue statement after video of violent arrest outside Stella’s

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A cell phone video shows what some say are aggressive actions by Grand Rapids Police outside a popular bar this weekend.  Police say the video is only part of a very chaotic scene. It was a flurry of lights and noise outside Stella’s Lounge early Sunday morning as police tried to investigate a stabbing and control the crowd.  GRPD says they responded to the 2 a.m. call to find a crowd of more than 100 people, […]