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.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — For six years, Maxine Green’s family has been waiting and wondering. After the sister of legendary soul artist Al Green disappeared in 2013, they haven’t had much to keep their hope thriving. “You can’t sleep when you don’t have closure, it’s really hard,” said Maxine’s sister Margaret Green, speaking to FOX17. “When you love someone, you can’t never just put death away like that. You’ve got to know what happened. You want to know what happened.” […]
OLIVET, Mich. — Eight students have been temporarily suspended from campus after a large fight broke out at a dorm on Tuesday morning. The school tells FOX 17 the fight began when two students started arguing over property, with the fight eventually spilling outside where more students became involved, some trying to break up the violence. Not all of the students suspended were directly involved in the fight. “Our policy whenever there’s an altercation like this is to put students […]
BIG RAPIDS, Mich. — On July 2, 2014, Joey Hirl suffered a heart event and died, but not for very long. The man who had no pulse, no signs of life at all for 57 minutes, suddenly regained both, shocking doctors who weren’t far from giving up. Now, five years after his death and miraculous return to life, Hirl looks at the world with new eyes. “It was really earth-shattering,” he said. “When you die and they bring you back […]
ZEELAND, Mich. — Every day, countless families all around the world trek to get water that – even after miles of walking – may still be dangerous to drink. For a few more weeks, Ed Zwyghuizen will be one of them. For 51 days ahead of his 51st birthday, Zwyghuizen is walking from his home to a number of nearby and not-so-nearby water sources. Each day, he collects and filters his own water supply to show solidarity with those who […]
ALLEGAN, Mich– Three years ago, a puppy got worldwide attention, after he was stung by hundreds of bees. The dog, later named Stinger, was found clinging to life. He was left outside of the West Michigan rescue, Luvnpupz, which took him in and raised money to help treat him. Stinger ended up having an allergic reaction to the stings. He was also diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called Pemphigus, as well as mange. After receiving expensive, emergency treatment, Stinger went […]
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Three years after her daughter was murdered, a mother hopes she can be an example of strength to others. Jeanne Huntoon was killed in Downtown Grand Rapids in 2016. The aftermath of the homicide was caught on security cameras, which kicked off a legal process that only ended this year. “That evening she was supposed to be back she never showed up. And this is where I believe he befriended her,” said Jeanne’s mother, Debbie, about […]
MIDDLEVILLE, Mich. — Jamie Zichterman, owner of Mitten Pizza, thought someone was playing a joke on him when he pulled out the electric bill for almost $20,000. But the bill from Great Lakes Energy was real, and for $19,795.75 to be exact. “It was just one of those things where it was almost like…is someone messing with me?” said Zichterman. The problem was in the meters – there were two of them at Mitten Pizza, but they’d only been receiving […]
NORTON SHORES, Mich– While some were out kayaking out in the large waves on Lake Michigan, for others, it’s a reminder of their homes inching closer to the water. That’s the case for Vance Smith. When he and his wife moved to their home about 30 years ago, they had a lovely beach to look at. Now, the water laps the shoreline. “We’re way off worse than we were at any time in the past,” says homeowner Vance Smith. Just […]
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Three people have died across West Michigan to the rare Eastern Equine Encephalitis, or EEE, a mosquito-borne illness that’s becoming an increasing danger in the state. Of the three cases in Kalamazoo County, one turned fatal. Cass and Van Buren counties also had a fatal case each, and non-fatal human cases popped up in Barry and Berrien counties. In light of the new cases, the state health department is urging those counties to postpone or cancel […]