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 spending time with family and friends, traveling, trying new foods and playing golf.

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 with diligence and honesty all while doing what she loves.

If you have a story idea for Erica feel free to email her at

Recent Articles
  • Local doctor creates device that could change the future of weight loss

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich– It’s a temporary and reversible bariatric device that’s not currently on the market, but it’s certainly on its way. Normally, when we think of weight loss procedures, we think gastric bypass or gastric sleeve surgery. Both of those surgeries are highly invasive, helping less than one percent of eligible patients, according to Dr. Randal Baker of Grand Health Partners. This new device is temporary, non-invasive and said to combat obesity, fight diabetes and other health issues all […]

  • Baby’s first trip to the doctor: What you need to know

    ROCKFORD, Mich — Whether it’s the first step, the first word, or even those dreadful first shots, there are a lot of baby firsts that parents won’t forget. However, a child’s first trip to the doctor can be a stressful time for both parents and baby. During a baby’s first year of life, they will likely visit the doctor at least seven times.  Although those visits may feel repetitive, frequent appointments are the best way to get expert opinions to […]

  • Mercy Health diet program ranked #1 best fast weight diet second year in a row

    MUSKEGON, Mich– If you’ve been working to shed off those excess pounds, you’re in luck. There is a top-ranked diet program here in West Michigan that may be an option for you. For the second year in a row, Mercy Health’s Weight Management program has been named number one for best fast weight diet by U.S World and News Report. Organizers say whether you have 200 lbs to lose or 20, this program can help. It helped Breck Adkins. He […]

  • A warning for parents: What you should know about sparklers ahead of 4th of July

    HOLLAND, Mich. — Think back to celebrating Independence Day when you were a kid: patriotism, picnics, parades. And as soon as the sun went down, the sparklers lit up. Experts tell us even those sparklers aren’t safe. Though the most disabling injuries occur with illegal fireworks, the greatest number of injuries are caused by legal fireworks that parents buy for their kids. Of the 10,000 emergency room visits from fireworks injuries, most involve children suffering from eye injuries. Ophthalmologist Dr. […]

  • ‘It’s always an adventure:’ Zeeland couple sees double with third set of twins

    ZEELAND, Mich. — After tying the knot in 2004, Amanda and Tim Van Horssen dealt with infertility for years. Six years ago, they tried in vitro fertilization. Now, apparently, they can’t stop having twins. Their third set, Ella and Emma, arrived three weeks ago. Seven stollers. More than 30 diapers a day. And they really need that eight-passenger Surburban. “It’s always an adventure,” they say. But not always joyful. With their first pregnancy, they expected twins, but only one of […]

  • Grand Rapids doctors find new way to treat cancer

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Researchers in Grand Rapids are working to solve a piece of the cancer puzzle with a new use of immunotherapy. It’s a growing area of research in lung cancer. It involves medicines designed to work directly with the body’s own immune system to fight cancer. Lung cancer results in more deaths than colon, breast and prostate cancer combined. Nearly 8,000 people in Michigan are diagnosed with it every year, and more than 100 people die from […]

  • Colon Magic Camp nearly sold out

    COLON, Mich. — The Magic Capital of the World is hosting their third-annual magic camp July 19 and 20 and it’s nearly sold out. Participants range from age seven to 77. Rick Fisher, President of Fab Magic Company says it’s a great way to learn new tricks, build self-esteem, hand to eye coordination, improve social interaction skills and so much more. For more information, click here.

  • Parents encourage early therapy for kids with cerebral palsy

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Parents of a little girl with cerebral palsy are encouraging other parents in their situation to start getting physical therapy as soon as possible. Charlotte Hendricks was diagnosed with CP at four months. Today, at 19-months, she is getting close to walking on her own, something that Kristine and Matt Hendricks didn’t know was ever going to happen. When Charlotte first started physical therapy at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital in Grand Rapids, she could barely […]

  • ‘I could die here:’ Local woman stunned by Stevens-Johnson syndrome

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Stephanie Mull was on a business trip when something happened that made her imagine what it would be like for her kids to grow up without their mom. Mull was nauseous and felt tingling in her hands and lips. “When I woke up, my lips were swelled up huge, my eyes were bright red, swollen shut,” Mull said. She went to the emergency room with her mouth blistered, her skin peeling from her lips and chin. […]