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
  • Four arrested after witness calls 911, follows suspect vehicle

    GLENN, Mich. — Four men from Illinois are in custody after authorities say they broke into a cellphone store and then proceeded to flee at speeds of over 100 mph. An unnamed eyewitness called 911 shortly before 8 a.m. Tuesday morning after seeing several men climb out of a broken window at the Sprint store on Douglas Avenue in Holland Township. The caller followed the suspects’ vehicle, giving police updates on its location. They witness tailed the vehicle onto US-31, […]

  • Local groups preparing for Hurricane Dorian’s devastation

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Several groups based in West Michigan are preparing to mobilize as Hurricane Dorian batters the southern United States. Services for those affected will come in several waves. The Red Cross already has crews in place ready to move supplies when needed. They already have over 1,600 trained volunteers in the Florida/Georgia area. A dozen of them are from Michigan. Tiffany Page, executive director at Red Cross of West Michigan, says they focus on efficiency. “We have […]

  • NWS: Downburst winds caused damage in Newaygo County

    GRANT, Mich. — The National Weather Service says that a small area of downburst winds were responsible for the damage in Newaygo County late Thursday night. Surveyors from the weather service were out with Newaygo County Emergency Management crews checking damage Friday morning. They found no evidence of a tornado going through the area. The weather service tells FOX 17 they look for a specific tornado “debris signature” when determining the type of weather event. Several people in the area […]

  • Medical pot shops facing product shortages

    MUSKEGON, Mich. — Several medical pot shops in West Michigan are having difficulty keeping their product in stock. Aaron Smith with Agri-Med spoke to FOX 17 Tuesday about the headache they have been facing. Agri-Med recently opened the first state licensed medical pot shops in Muskegon and Ottawa County. Business has been good but keeping marijuana “flower” in stock has proved tricky. Flower is a term for the marijuana buds, or the part you would smoke or cook with. “We […]

  • Woman finds stranger passed out in her Grand Rapids home

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A Grand Rapids woman got a scare early Monday morning when she found a man she didn’t know unconscious on the floor of her home. Deb Veihl tells FOX 17 that she had just witnessed a shooting a couple of blocks away at her daughter’s home on 10th Street Sunday night before walking home to her own on 9th Street. Deb called 911 after seeing a man run away from the area of Fremont and 10th […]

  • 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. […]

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