Ahtra joined the FOX 17 News team in October 2017.
Ahtra was born and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin where she cheered on the Green Bay Packers since birth. She attended high school at Interlochen Arts Academy as a theatre major and is happy to return to Michigan! Ahtra earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.
Ahtra previously worked at KDLT in Sioux Falls, South Dakota as a morning anchor. She’s thrilled to be part of the FOX 17 family as a weekend evening anchor and reporter.
In addition to news, Ahtra’s greatest passion is politics. In her spare time, she enjoys watching old presidential debates and reading political memoirs. When Ahtra isn’t in the newsroom or on assignment, she also enjoys cooking and hot yoga!
If you have a story idea for Ahtra, send her a message at Ahtra@Fox17online.com. You can also follow her on Twitter @AhtraElnashar, Instagram @ahtra and like her on Facebook!
BIG RAPIDS, Mich. — Through Alan Beamer’s decades as a teacher in Big Rapids to his last moments of life following his fight with Alzheimer’s disease, his wife Mary Beth St. Onge-Beamer was there. “I’d give him a 10 on a scale of 1 to 10,” St. Onge-Beamer said. “Wonderful, wonderful man. Good husband all the way around.” The couple was married for 21 years. Their years of bliss were interrupted by a doctor appointment in which they learned Beamer […]
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Caring for a loved one who has Alzheimer’s disease can make the holidays more stressful, but a neurologist with Spectrum Health has tips to help festivities go smoothly. “Holidays, big holiday gatherings, a lot of family, a lot of conversations, that can be overwhelming and they need to recognize that and take the Alzheimer’s patient home early,” Dr. Tim Thoits said. Many Alzheimer’s and dementia patients experience sundowning, which means they experience confusion later in the […]
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Thanksgiving can be a day of reprieve during these divisive political times, as long as you and your family set boundaries. Counselor Nika Fesler at Adolescent and Family Behavioral Health Services in Grand Rapids has tips to avoid a clash over impeachment, gun control, or religious differences at the Thanksgiving table – all of which require some planning. KNOW YOUR LIMITS Before you go to a family gathering, decide how much time you can handle with […]
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Two Michigan State Police troopers are forever bonded, knowing they share a liver. Trooper David Burr didn’t hesitate when he learned the man who trained him when he entered the force, Trooper Christopher Boven, needed a liver transplant. “It wasn’t even a question,” Burr said. Boven has lived most of his life with a liver disease called primary sclerosing cholangitis. The disease didn’t affect him much until 2017 when he was scratched by a thorn. The […]
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The bank accounts of Michigan’s two major political parties are about as different as its policy views. As of Oct. 31, 2019, the Michigan Republican Party has over $500,000 on hand and zero debt, while the Michigan Democratic Party has $12,690 on hand and $126,720 in debt. However, the Democrats raised significantly more money than the Republicans did between January and October of this year. Michigan Democrats brought in $2.4 million, while Republicans brought in $1.7 […]
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Since U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, I-Grand Rapids, broke from the Republican party on the Fourth of July, national pundits and even President Donald Trump have given their predictions for the future of Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District. In a northeastern pocket of that district, an engineer and a recent college grad are the first to launch bids for Michigan’s 73rd State House District. In its current district lines, the 73rd has always been represented by one of […]
WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland, is among 32 cosponsors of a bill designed to protect American farmers from illegal trade practices used by foreign countries. The Defending Domestic Produce Production Act would increase the ability of farmers to petition the Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission to investigate illegal subsidies and dumping of produce in the United States. The act specifically recognizes American farmers who are hurt by subsidies used by Mexico, Central American and […]
WASHINGTON — Former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed has endorsed Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders for president, citing the senator’s advocacy for universal health care. Sanders rallied for El-Sayed during the final days of his bid for the Democratic nominee in Michigan’s 2018 gubernatorial race. El-Sayed has since been seen at Sanders’ campaign stops in Michigan in 2019. “I’m honored to receive the endorsement of Abdul El-Sayed,” Sanders said in a release. “He knows we need a Medicare for All, single-payer […]
ATLANTA — In case three days of impeachment hearings aren’t enough political gridlock for the week, the fifth Democratic presidential debate on Wednesday night will surely bring another dose. On the debate stage in Atlanta at Tyler Perry Studios will be former Vice President Joe Biden, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, California Sen. Kamala Harris, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, businessman Tom Steyer, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and […]