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Erica Francis joined the FOX 17 News team in May of 2015.

A West Michigan native, Erica graduated cum laude from Central Michigan University where she earned a degree in broadcasting and cinematic arts. Fire Up Chips!

Erica has always had a passion for ‘giving a voice to the voiceless’ and that passion continues to grow.

When Erica isn’t chasing down a story for FOX 17, she enjoys traveling, trying new foods, playing golf, watching Lion’s football and coaching baseball for West Michigan Miracle League.

On Erica’s desk you’ll find her favorite quote, “Dreams don’t work unless you do,” she says it inspires her daily to report and anchor with diligence and honesty all while doing what she loves.

Erica is more than thrilled to be anchoring in a city she absolutely adores and is so lucky to call home. Watch Erica 4:30-6:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Monday through Friday.

Recent Articles
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  • GRAM’s newest exhibit: The Great Lakes Cycle

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  • Community aids in woman’s road to recovery, one card at a time

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich– The founder of Lori’s Voice, a local non-profit dedicated to helping young people with disabilities, is on the road to recovery after she was hurt in a crash. Lori was injured on December 19 in a crash on 48th Avenue and Arthur Street in Wright Township. David Hastings, her husband, was driving on Arthur Street when he failed to stop and was hit by Lawrence Weiss, 52, who was driving northbound on 48th Avenue. If you don’t […]

  • Joe List at Dr. Grins this weekend

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    If you’re looking for a fun way to celebrate the New Year with your kids, the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum has a lot to offer. Kids can make a noisemaker, create a resolution wand, and dance and play their way into the New Year at GRCM’s annual New Year’s Early Eve party! The event is happening December 31st, from 6:00pm-8:00 p.m. with a countdown. The Celebration! Cinema balloon drop will be held at 7:30! Tickets are $12 per person ages […]

  • Gaming Disorder added to list of 2018 diseases

    New in 2018, there is a new disease officially being recognized by The World Health Organization. Gaming Disorder will be added to the official list of diseases by WHO.  The symptoms include the inability to control when and how to play video games. Another sign to look for is that when someone is choosing games over other interests in life and keeps playing despite negative consequences. This means that both doctors and insurance companies will now recognize the disorder. The […]

  • How to stay healthy and happy on vacation this holiday

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Holiday vacations are always fun until something goes wrong. Maybe someone gets hurt or gets sick, or luggage gets lost. AAA of Michigan says 3.5 million Michiganders plan to travel for the holidays, and if you’re in that group, here are a few important tips to keep in mind. If someone gets hurt or sick, it can be hard navigating what your options are, but your health insurance can help in more ways than one. For […]

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