I walked in the door at FOX 17 in October of 2013. At that time I was working behind the camera, shooting stories and breaking news on a daily basis. Since then I have had the chance to do a little bit of everything in the newsroom.

I spent 3 years running our news desk before moving to an on-air reporting position. At the desk I would take phone calls, monitor police/fire scanner traffic and dispatch our news crews.

Prior to my time at FOX 17, I worked at GRTV (Grand Rapids’ Public Access TV) directing and producing community-based content. Before stepping into the broadcasting world, I spent several years working as an in-home caregiver to children living with autism.

I currently live my beautiful fiance, our cat and our two birds!

Please reach out if you have an interesting story to tell or a suspicious situation you would like us to look into.

-Michael, Memartin@fox17online.com


Recent Articles
  • Guiding Light changing lives of men in West Michigan

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A West Michigan man is sharing his story of success after getting out of prison. Twenty-five-year-old Joe Lewis is now working a job he loves in Walker. But just over a year ago, he was walking out of prison after serving three and a half years inside for armed robbery. “I was running with the wrong people at the time. A lot of my influences weren’t good and so it just caused me to think in […]

  • Mother sentenced for running over son at Kent Co. school

    KENT COUNTY, Mich. — A mom who drove over her 9-year-old son at a Kent County school was sentenced on charges related to the incident Thursday. Tiffany Kosakowski pleaded guilty to a felony count of reckless driving and had a charge of second-degree child abuse dropped back on February 26. Kosakowski was sentenced Thursday in Kent County Circuit Court. She received six months jail time, with all but 30 days suspended. Meaning, she will serve just 30 days in the […]

  • Man sentenced for crash that killed motorcyclist

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A man who pleaded no contest to a crash that killed a motorcyclist has been sentenced in the case. Joseph Hileski was charged with operating while intoxicated causing death for his role in a July 2018 crash that killed 35-year-old Jacob Craft. Hileski was also charged with obstructing police for escaping the hospital he was taken to after the crash. Hileski was sentenced Thursday in Kent County Circuit Court.  Judge Curt Benson spoke in length during the proceedings about how prosecutors […]

  • Lawsuit filed over texts offering marijuana for sale

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A lawsuit filed this week by a man in West Michigan accuses a Colorado-based marketing company of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by repeatedly texting him about marijuana for sale. The plaintiff in the case, Mr Phillip Rogers, alleges that Rushmore Marketing Group violated the TCPA (Telephone Consumer Protection Act) by sending him 37 unsolicited text messages. He claims the text messages were all in regards to purchasing marijuana. Rushmore says on their website that […]

  • Foster parent in Muskegon charged with criminal sexual conduct

    MUSKEGON, Mich. — A licensed foster care parent is facing criminal charges in Muskegon County. Mark Sorensen, 60, is facing two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.  It is unclear at this time what he is alleged to have done. According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Sorensen was first licensed as a foster parent by Bethany Christian Services in January of 2012. The license he currently holds will expire in July of 2020. Criminal sexual conduct […]

  • Making memories at ‘Best Prom Ever’ 2019

    SPARTA, Mich. — Over 1,000 people came out to this year’s ‘Best Prom Ever’ held at Sparta High School. The dance is held annually with the goal of giving all differently-abled guests, ages 14-100, a magical night out.   ‘Best Prom Ever’ relies heavily on the generosity of donations and volunteers. This year saw Eastern Floral donating 400 long-stemmed red roses to be handed out to guests as they entered.  A few traditions returning from previous years: photographers, photo booths, limo […]

  • Man sues parents over trashed porn collection

    GRAND HAVEN, Mich. — A man now living in Indiana is suing his parents after he says they destroyed his valuable porn collection. FOX 17 is choosing to identify the plaintiff in this story as “Charlie,” as this is a civil case without any associated criminal charges. The case dates back to October 2016 when, according to a lawsuit filed this week, Charlie moved into his parents’ home in Grand Haven after going through a divorce from his wife. Charlie […]

  • Dog park approved for downtown Grand Rapids

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Plans for a new pop-up dog park near downtown Grand Rapids were approved Wednesday morning. The Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority approved a $25,000 grant to turn an empty lot into a temporary dog park. The lot is located on Market Avenue behind Founders Brewing Co. “I think it’s good for the city for a number of reasons,” Mayor Rosalynn Bliss said. The approval comes after the city recognized a need for more spaces like a […]

  • MDOT asking drivers to watch out for work crews on the roads

    WEST MICHIGAN — As the annual tradition of summertime road construction kicks into gear, the Michigan Department of Transportation is warning motorists to be cautious of work zones. MDOT kicked off ‘Work Zone Awareness Week’ in Traverse City Monday. The goal of the week-long event is to highlight the dangers that roadside workers face and bring attention to what motorists should be doing when traveling through work zones. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Michigan ranks seventh-highest for fatal […]

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