How FOX 17 is working through the pandemic

Anchors and reporters are utilizing video chat services to broadcast remotely from their homes
Posted at 5:37 PM, Mar 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-25 18:30:28-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Like the rest of the world, FOX 17 has adjusted the way we operate in order to continue bringing you the news throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Most of our staff is now working remotely. While you will see our anchors on set together, they are now sitting 6 feet apart.

Our reporters are working from the field or home exclusively. The usually bustling newsroom is now almost empty. Just a few key staff members remain, all working in separate areas.

You will see many of our reporters broadcasting live from their homes using Facetime or Skype. Most of the interviews we are conducting are now done through the same services.

But it's not just our on-air staff working outside the building, much of the behind-the-scenes staff that keep our broadcasts on-the-air are working remotely as well.

That means even our producers are set up to work from home. FOX 17 producer Lauren Ragan said, “This is really new to all of us. This is completely unheard of in the industry.”

Like everyone else, we continue to adapt the way we work as the situation around COVID-19 changes.