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
  • Cooper the real-life mascot of Blue Dog Tavern has died

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The beloved real-life mascot of a favorite eatery on Grand Rapids’ west side has passed away. Cooper died late last week. If you’ve ever been to the Blue Dog Tavern on the West Side of Grand Rapids, you know his image. A cartoon version of Cooper adorns almost everything inside: on stickers, coasters and even the sign out front. The dog has had a major presence at the tavern in the over five years it has […]

  • Details revealed about 1980 VA murder suspect’s past

    GRAND HAVEN, Mich — The West Michigan man recently arrested for a 1980 murder in Norfolk, Virginia has a troubling criminal past. Dennis Bowman, 70, was arrested near his home in Hamilton last Friday. Police from Norfolk recently connected him to the 1980 murder of then-25-year-old Kathleen Doyle using forensic evidence. They have not yet elaborated on what sort of evidence they have against Bowman in the case. Bowman does have two previous criminal convictions on his record, one of […]

  • Ordering an ‘Angel Ale’ will get you a guardian angel at GR bar

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A program in place at a West Michigan brewery aims to make sure all of their guests feel safe. City Built Brewing’s “Angel Ale” program was launched about a year ago. The concept behind it is to offer guests a set of code words that can be used to discreetly alert staff to an uncomfortable situation. “The idea of having the Angel Ale program appealed to us because it was an opportunity to give women a […]

  • Haunting questions remain after 1980 murder arrest

    HAMILTON, Mich. — Following the arrest of a 70-year-old man living in West Michigan in the 1980 murder of a woman in Virginia, neighbors continue to question his involvement in another decades-old mystery. Dennis Lee Bowman was arrested Friday in the murder of Kathleen Doyle. Doyle was 25-years-old in September of 1980 when she was found murdered in her Norfolk, Virginia home. Her military husband was out of the house, on deployment, at the time of her death. Police from […]

  • Study: Potential triggers of pregnancy-related depression identified

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A recently published study of women from West Michigan that has been in the works for the past five years suggests a way to identify which women are more susceptible to experience depression during and after their pregnancies. The study, published this month in the Brain, Behavior and Immunity science journal, suggests that severe “peripartum” depression may be linked to an overactive inflammatory response. “Peripartum” refers to the period during and after pregnancy. Lena Brundin, M.D., […]

  • Toy poodle helps woman call for help after she suffers stroke

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A woman in West Michigan is crediting her dog with helping to save her life after she suffered a stroke in her apartment. Sixty-five-year-old Denise Shepard suffered a stroke about a month ago while she and her 11-year-old toy poodle Fluffy were alone at her apartment in Walker. When she found herself dazed and unable to move on the floor of her home, her dog jumped into action. “I was grunting trying to get back on […]

  • How to find a job in Michigan’s marijuana industry

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A Michigan-based nonprofit organization will begin hosting resume workshops focusing solely on careers in the cannabis industry. The first resume workshop is happening Wednesday, November 20, at Linc Up on Madison Avenue. This first event has already reached capacity, but there will be more just like it in the coming months. Matt Hoffmann has been working in the industry for about the last decade. Through his work helping potential employees find jobs he has launched two […]

  • Disabled woman has car stolen, completely wrecked

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A woman living with multiple disabilities is left reeling after her only vehicle was stolen and then wrecked. Early Sunday afternoon, 55-year-old Barbara Brown stopped by the Speedway gas station near the intersection of Leonard Street and Turner Avenue to fill up her tank. She pulled her car up next to the front doors and then left her car running while she went inside to pay. She was gone no more than three minutes. When Brown […]

  • Michigan State Police offer tips for winter driving

    LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State Police are warning drivers to be vigilant in remaining safe on the roads this winter. Lt. David Cope, public information officer for MSP’s 6th District, says one of the most common things they hear from wrecked drivers during the snowy months is that they were driving the speed limit. “If your vehicle ends up in a ditch or crashed into another vehicle because you lost control on the given road condition or weather condition, that […]

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