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
  • ‘Virtual Reality Therapy’ sends hospice patients to space

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A new therapeutic program based on virtual reality technology has been rolled out at Emmanuel Hospice. Patients of the West Michigan-based hospice program are already using the VR headsets to visit far away locations like Paris, Amsterdam and the International Space Station. “Its patients that aren’t able to go anywhere anymore, they aren’t mobile anymore,” says Bryan Cramer, Director of Business Development at Emmanuel Hospice. They are using a compact VR headset produced by Oculus. The […]

  • 5 sentenced in murder of East Kentwood student

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Five teens were sentenced Wednesday afternoon in connection with the shooting death of a 17-year-old East Kentwood High School student. James King was killed Jan. 13 near 44th Street and Kalamazoo Avenue during what investigators say was supposed to be a marijuana sale. Five teenagers were eventually charged in King’s death: Ahmed Adel Hasan, 17, Alanah Faith Claflin-Gallagos, 18, Israel Valdez, 17, Kayleb Douglas Sims, 17, and Sebastian Quinones. The teens were sentenced Wednesday in front […]

  • ‘3rd Floor Sam’ has people buying him beer at work

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A man working in the office spaces above New Holland’s Knickerbocker is getting a steady stream of free beer after putting a clever sign in one of his windows. The sign sits an office window directly above the restaurant’s Tree Room. The sign is several feet tall and reads “PLEASE SEND BEER TO SAM ON FLOOR 3. THANK YOU!” So far, in the year it has been up, people have sent Sam a total of 85 […]

  • Fears over lakeshore property erosion continue

    NORTON SHORES, Mich. — As water levels on Lake Michigan continue to rise, homeowners along the lakeshore worry they might soon see major damage to their properties. According to the US Army Corps of Engineers, Lake Michigan’s water levels are about 2 feet above what they were in October of last year. This has allowed the shoreline to get terrifyingly close to more than a handful of homes. Norton Shores resident Andy Hanichen has been planning to install a massive […]

  • Infamous 100th Street overpass to be replaced in 2020

    BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A bridge that gained notoriety last year for being repeatedly struck by motorists is set to be replaced in 2020. After being hit 13 or 14 times in 2018, the 100th Street overpass has become a thing of legend to the people of West Michigan. The bridge hasn’t been struck since the Michigan Department of Transportation added 4 inches of clearance by resurfacing a portion of the roadway last summer, but they are eager to replace […]

  • Homeowners hiring pros to spray for EEE virus

    HOLLAND, Mich. — Homeowners across West Michigan are hiring pest control companies to spray their homes for mosquitoes potentially carrying Eastern Equine Encephalitis. The recent outbreak of EEE has already left four dead in Michigan. So far, nine human cases have been confirmed in the state. Thirty-four animals have also been confirmed to be carrying the virus. On Friday, FOX 17 joined Mosquito Squad as they sprayed a home in Holland. Steve Heeres, co-operations manager at Mosquito Squad, explained the […]

  • Newaygo County dealing with river flooding

    WHITE CLOUD, Mich. — Newaygo County is on flood watch after multiple rivers have begun to rise beyond their banks. Abby Watkins, Newaygo County Emergency Manager, says 35 miles of the Muskegon River downstream from the Croton Dam, is seeing water levels rise. Flooding is a common occurrence in this area. On Wednesday, she said the river was beginning to exceed it’s banks and impact properties in the area. The White River is also seeing some minor flooding in Newaygo […]

  • Family paying it forward after devastating house fire

    SPARTA, Mich. — A family of seven is making quick progress after losing almost everything they owned in a house fire last week. The family’s home on 10 Mile Road NW burnt to the ground last Tuesday. At first, they were completely lost, unsure of where to start the rebuilding of their lives. But the community of Sparta banded together to bring them donations of food, clothing and anything else they might need. It all began when Mark Pennington had […]

  • Pizza place may shut down after almost $20K electric bill

      MIDDLEVILLE, Mich. — A West Michigan pizza restaurant says they may soon be shutting down because of a large unexpected electric bill. Mitten Pizza, located on M-179, posted a notice to their Facebook page Monday explaining their unfortunate situation. In it, they say that they recently received a “corrected” electric bill from their provider for $19,795.75. According to Mitten’s owner, Jamie Zichterman, the electric company had uncovered a “mistake” and was back-charging them for 12 months of service. Because […]

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