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
  • Checking back in with Divya after her life-altering surgery

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A young girl from India who is living with cerebral palsy is seeing monumental progress in her physical therapy work after receiving a life-altering surgery last year. Six-year-old Divya Harkema is in West Michigan this week working on her motor skills with physical therapists at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. Divya was adopted several years ago by Hudsonville native Merissa Harkema. Harkema first met Divya when she traveled to India to do volunteer work at a […]

  • Beloved show horse killed by hit-and-run driver

    ZEELAND, Mich. — A beloved show horse owned by a woman in West Michigan died this weekend when it was struck by a hit-and-run driver. Remington, a 21-year-old Arabian quarter horse, was found on 104th Avenue Sunday morning in front of his owner’s house. Cassy Hassevoort has been riding with Remington for the past seven years. She has become extremely close with the horse in that time, saying, “it’s just hard losing your best friend.” Hassevoort says Remington had a […]

  • 143-year-old house being brought back to life in Ionia

    IONIA, Mich. — A home that has seen multiple generations pass through it’s walls and has since fallen into disrepair is seeing new life. Todd White purchased the property on Rich Street in Ionia earlier this year. On it sits a beautifully intricate home constructed in 1877. White says the property has seen multiple fires throughout the years. Despite this, the foundation of the home remains strong. “It’s got good bones, good structure, good walls,” White says. White believes the […]

  • Generator donated to family relying on medical ventilator

    HUDSONVILLE, Mich. — A West Michigan family received a new generator installed at their home Monday completely free of cost thanks to Lowe’s. Thirty-year-old Jim Albright enjoys video games and hanging out with his English sheepdog, Dash. He works for Ottawa County in their information technology department. Albright is doing this all while living with a genetic disorder: Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Because of this, he needs to use a ventilator and other medical devices at all times to breathe properly. […]

  • Man who fled into Lake Michigan charged in murder of Muskegon Co. father

    MUSKEGON, Mich. — The man accused of killing a father of two from Dalton Township on Thursday has been formally charged in the murder. Ryan Allen Berry was charged Friday morning in Muskegon County District Court with several charges, including one count of open murder for the killing of Evan Yonker. Prosecutors say Berry was “laying in wait” for Yonker inside his Dalton Township home, where he is alleged to have shot Yonker with his own shotgun once arriving home. […]

  • Authorities say meth use on the rise West Michigan

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Law enforcement says that meth use is back up in West Michigan and they are warning people that assisting in the manufacturing of the drug could come with a five-year prison sentence. Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker joined officials from the Michigan Pharmacies Association and Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America Monday for a press conference outlining their concerns. Becker wants to educate the public on the laws against “smurfing”. “Smurfing” refers to people buying medications […]

  • Judge refuses to dismiss ‘trashed porn collection’ lawsuit

    GRAND HAVEN, Mich. — A federal judge has decided not to throw out a lawsuit filed by a man who says his parents destroyed his porn collection worth nearly $29,000. FOX 17 is choosing to identify the plaintiff in this story as “Charlie,” as this is a civil case without any associated criminal charges. Charlie filed a lawsuit against his parents back in April, accusing them of destroying multiple boxes of pornography and ” adult toys” that he had left […]

  • Reduced adoption fees at shelters Friday and Saturday

    WALKER, Mich. — The Bissell Pet Foundation is trying to clear out the animal shelters in West Michigan this weekend. Through Saturday, dogs and kittens will be available for adoption for $25, and fees for adult cats have been waived completely at the West Michigan Humane Society or Kent County Animal Shelter. This is the first year the event sponsored by the Bissell Pet Foundation is running for multiple days. Even with the extra time, people were lined up waiting […]

  • Students take flight at first aviation day camp in Muskegon

    MUSKEGON, Mich. — A group of middle school students are taking part in the first-ever aviation day camp being held at the Muskegon Airport. A lucky group of 25 students from three different school districts are taking part in the camp. It is a collaborative project between the Montague, Orchard View and Muskegon Area Intermediate school districts. Simeon Frang, the curriculum director at Orchard View, sees the project as a chance to expose the students for future career options. “This […]

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