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
  • Workout dedicated to Navy SEAL

    WALKER, Mich– Today, we remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country. While many families enjoy the day off with cookouts and get-togethers, gyms across the country want to make sure the meaning of Memorial Day isn’t lost in the grill or sand on the beach. They’re doing just that with ‘The Murph Challenge.’ It’s a workout that’s dedicated to a highly decorated Navy SEAL for his actions in Afghanistan. Michael Patrick Murphy or ‘Murph’ was killed […]

  • Wedgwood Christian Services launches program, helps kids understand their brains

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — If your child has trouble paying attention, is anxious, or struggles reading or writing there’s a new program that could help. Wedgwood Christian Services in Grand Rapids recently launched a program that’s helping children and teens struggling with academic and emotional challenges. Psychoeducational testing is by no means making kids “smarter,” instead, it’s giving kids the tools they need to learn in a different and more efficient way. Wedgwood’s Psychoeducational testing is completed in three appointments, including […]

  • Does birth control lead to depression?

    HOLLAND, Mich. — From pills to IUDs, there are a number of options when it comes to birth control. Now a recent study is linking hormonal birth control and use of antidepressants. Dr. Barb Depree, a gynecologist with Holland Hospital, says she isn’t surprised. She believes the link is caused by progesterone, a hormone in all contraceptive pills. The synthetic hormone is far from a woman’s best friend, she added. “I tell women you have hormone receptors everywhere in your […]

  • Training Day: FOX 17 Erica Francis joins police cadets at KVCC

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Police work is an occupation like none other. We see police officers on duty all of the time, but seldom do we see what they go through to get where they are today. Behind every police officer is hours of rigorous training. Current cadets are headed for jobs with the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety. KDPS Deputy Chief Karianne Thomas says they only hire the best. “We’re making a huge investment up front, so we gotta make […]

  • New program in Ottawa County helps patients with chronic conditions in their homes

    HOLLAND, Mich– A new program recently launched in Ottawa County is helping people with chronic illnesses manage their health conditions in their homes and connect them to community resources. It’s called Ottawa Pathways to Better Health. The free program is already helping San Juan Benavidez. He suffers from a chronic health condition and says he barely has enough money to buy groceries. But he trusts that his community health care worker, Glori Orozco, will help him find his way through […]

  • Doctors find new, more effective way to treat strokes, aneurysms

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — According to doctors, we’re all born billionaires — at least when it comes to how many brain cells we have. Unfortunately, we lose those cells through life, whether it’s from head trauma, use of drugs or stroke. However, there are new treatments to help patients heal. When someone experiences a stroke, it means a part of their brain isn’t getting enough blood. That can lead to the loss of speech, face droop, blurred vision, and numbness. […]

  • Conference in Grand Rapids will educate families impacted by Huntington’s Disease

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Mary Lockrow lost her sister to Huntington’s disease last year. Now she’s honoring her sister through advocacy, supporting a local conference that’s all about the disease. Huntington’s disease is a progressive neurological condition that is inherited from parent to child. It deteriorates a person’s physical and mental abilities, any parent with Huntington’s has a 50-50 chance of passing the gene to their children. We’re told having Huntington’s is basically a combination of ALS, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. […]

  • New app offers free birth control to Michigan women

    Nurx, the makers of a new birth control app, offers new users up to two months of free birth control. With this app, women living in Michigan are able to get a prescription for their birth control and have it sent right to their door. Recent studies show 54 percent of all pregnancies in Michigan were unplanned, costing millions of dollars in taxpayer money. To get the deal, users must visit, create an account, pick their birth control brand […]

  • Common myths and misconceptions of men’s health

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Ladies, if you find yourself dragging your husband or father to the doctor, know you’re not alone. Studies show women live nearly five years longer than men, and experts suggest one reason is that women are more inclined to go to the doctor. Women are obviously used to going to the doctor for pap smears or when they get pregnant, but there’s nothing that requires men to get a checkup until the recommended colonoscopy at age […]