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
  • Family in need of new wheelchair van

    HOWARD CITY, Mich. — The family of a man living with cerebral palsy is in desperate need of a new wheelchair-accessible van to get around. Jacob Acton is a 26-year-old man living as a quadriplegic with cerebral palsy. Both his mother, Danielle, and sister Melanie function as his caregivers. All of them rely on an aging wheelchair-accessible van to get him to school and appointments. They have had the van for about eight years now, and it is falling apart. […]

  • 1 person dead after crash in Barry Co.

    IRVING TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Police say that one person is dead following a head-on crash Wednesday morning. Police responded to the two-vehicle crash on W State Rd, near the intersection of Grange Road just after 9:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. According to police, there was only one person in each of the vehicles. A 27-year-old woman from Hastings was killed in the crash and the other driver was hospitalized with serious injuries. Authorities say the woman killed in the crash may […]

  • Volunteers help widowed Veteran, mom of 4

    GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A local Army veteran and mother of four is receiving some serious home upgrades courtesy of a program organized by The Home Depot and Heart of West Michigan United Way. Brandi Secrist lost her husband while he was serving in the military. She was in the Army herself for four years. She now cares for their four children, two of whom were born with special needs. Her 4-year-old son has autism, while her 3-year-old son is […]

  • Christmas comes early for boy fighting rare brain cancer

    IONIA, Mich. — Christmas is coming early for one local boy this year. Five-year-old Peyton Dennis was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer, DIPG, in February of this year. He has already outlived most doctors predictions for his life expectancy. But family and friends of the boy are making sure he is around to experience all of his favorite parts of Christmas. His mom Katie Dennis, says the holiday is his absolute favorite. “He loves to decorate the […]

  • Protest planned over midwifery policy change in Muskegon

    MUSKEGON, Mich. — A protest is planned for this Sunday over a recent policy change at a health clinic that will no longer allow midwives to accompany their patients into the delivery room at Hackley Hospital. Muskegon Family Center is one of the last healthcare facilities along West Michigan’s lakeshore offering midwifery services. But patients are upset over a recent decision made regarding allowing those midwives to accompany their patients all the way through their pregnancy. The clinic has decided […]

  • GR .1K to end Duchenne happening this weekend

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — This Saturday is the annual Grand Rapids .1K race that helps raise money and awareness in an effort to cure Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The shockingly short race happens at noon Saturday, though the festivities begin at 9:30 a.m. at New Holland Brewing The Knickerbocker, 417 Bridge St. NW in Grand Rapids. Mike and DeAnne Friar are the parents of two boys, Kevin and Kyle, with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. It is the most common fatal genetic disorder […]

  • Mechanics explain what tires you need in snow

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — As the first snowflakes begin to fall on West Michigan, drivers are flooding into auto shops to get new tires. Mike Baker with Torres Tire says a portion of drivers will wait until snow is actually falling before they evaluate whether or not they need new tires. “We get ’em lined up all the way down the road,” he says. About half of the company’s business is dealing with tires. Baker says they receive calls all […]

  • Look out for sweater-wearing mouse, ‘Princess Karen’

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A post on social media over the weekend left some tickled at the story of “Princess Karen” a mouse that escaped their capture wearing a pink sweater. A post titled “Mouse in a Hot Pink Sweater” was making the rounds on the Nextdoor app Sunday. RosaMaria Fyolek was writing about a mouse her daughter had caught inside their home in the Creston area. The post began “This is a serious post no matter how ridiculous it […]

  • Lawsuit against Red Bull alleges attack at GR distributor

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A man has filed a lawsuit against energy drink powerhouse Red Bull, claiming he was attacked by a coworker while employed at their West Michigan distribution center. Johnny Combs says in the lawsuit, filed last week in federal court, that he was hired in July of 2015 as an operations manager at Red Bull’s distribution center on Broadmoor Avenue SE in Grand Rapids. In the lawsuit, he says he informed his supervisors about his issues with […]

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