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
  • Locally-designed device could save babies from surgery

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Babies with hypoplastic left heart syndrome may soon be able to forego risky surgery due to a device designed by doctors, students, and technicians from West Michigan. The condition is complex: a portion of the baby’s heart is pumping with only one chamber instead of two. Dr. Joseph Vettukattil, chief of pediatric cardiology at Spectrum Health, is working with Spectrum Health Innovations and students and staff from Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich. The device is […]

  • Curtain Crawl for a Cause combines pubs and GR Civic Theatre

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — This weekend you can bar hop while giving back to a good cause. Sunday, September 17, the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Young Professionals host Curtain Crawl for a Cause, a pub crawl with discounts, trivia, and prizes. The crawl will hit the Garage Bar & Grill, City Built Brewing Company, PD Reardon’s Bar & Grill, and SpeakEZ Lounge. Tickets are $20 and include a t-shirt. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit MOKA to give individuals MOKA serves […]

  • Wyoming K9s go Krazy in the FOX 17 Studio

    WYOMING, Mich–Things got a little loud Thursday morning in the FOX 17 studios, but it was all for a good cause. For the past four years, Wyoming Animal Hospital has partnered with the K911 Foundation to host an event to help raise money for the Wyoming Police Dogs. The K9s help both to keep people safe and protect the community. In previous years, the money raised was used to help grow their program with high tech safety equipment for the […]

  • Priority Health cost estimator tool saves patients money

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Priority Health’s cost estimator tool is saving members an average of $1,000. Since the tool launched in 2015, the tool has saved the provider $6.3 million. The savings are significant, given the increases in medical costs. For example, you can save an average of $5,000 on an arthroscopic rotator cuff repair or $800 on a brain MRI, depending on the facility you select. The tool provides specific cost estimates, including out of-pocket expenses to all commercial […]

  • Gryphon Place kicks off Suicide Prevention Month with 5k walk

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich– September is National Suicide Prevention Month. The local non-profit Gryphon Place is hoping to raise awareness. Gryphon Place is kicking off the month with its 4th annual Suicide Prevention Walk. This 5K walk will kick off Sept 9th at 9 AM in Bronson Park and will take walkers throughout downtown Kalamazoo. Registration for the walk is still open and costs $30. To register or for more information about Gryphon Place, its programs, the Suicide Prevention Walk or […]

  • FOX 17 Morning team takes a twirl at color guard

    ROCKFORD, Mich. — It’s the day parents have all been waiting for– the day the kiddos head back to school. When it comes to the students, some are more excited than others. That includes the Rockford Color Guard, who is set to perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade later this year. The team is working hard ahead of the event but took a break to show the FOX 17 Morning Crew how color guard really works.

  • Kids hungry to learn? Here’s what they should eat

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Whether your child is hungry to learn or not, you can bet come lunch time their stomachs will be growling. But a kids ability to learn relies heavily on what they eat. The goal is to fuel your kids with the nutrition they need so they can concentrate in school. That means you’re making sure they’re getting a good source of protein and grain so they’re sustaining the same amount of energy throughout the day. Registered […]

  • ‘Beautiful things are happening here:’ Combining senior care with child care

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A new program is bringing seniors together with little children, and both old and young are enjoying one another’s company. The Bethlehem Intergenerational Center cares for 5-year-olds and 75-year-olds under the same roof. The unusual move was made after the center spent a year researching the concept, said Sue Davidson, the center’s director. “We do large group activities at least once a day, but the magic really happens during those small groups,” Davidson said. The center […]

  • ‘She continues to amaze me’ — Police officer’s wife creates charity to help kids

    BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Beth Thayer is a mother and wife of a Battle Creek police officer, yet somehow she manages to find time for four jobs. Her newest gig is founder and president of the There’s That Smile Foundation. The foundation equips police cars with bundles of books and toys so officers can give them to children who are witnesses or victims of domestic violence or any other instance where police are involved. Each bundle includes a stuffed animal […]