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.

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Recent Articles
  • River’s Edge breaks ground: ‘First project to celebrate the Grand River’

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Norm Cole has been fishing the rapids in downtown Grand Rapids for 34 years. “You never know what you’re going to catch,” he said. “I have so much love for this river.” His view from the river to the east bank is about to change in a big way with groundbreaking for River’s Edge, a mixed use development that will produce a five-story building with 32 apartments, indoor parking for 32 vehicles, and a yet-to-be-announced riverfront […]

  • Couple’s love echoes down the years through letters discovered by grandson

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — From the very first “I love you” to the final “Yours always,” the letters of Raymond and Mary Jane Roe let their love echo through eternity. The letters were only recently uncovered after the loving couples’ deaths. While grandson Anthony Lazzaro lost his grandparents, he has discovered the romance of a lifetime in letters he recently found after Raymond died March 1. Mary Jane died in 2013. The hand-written letters document a long-distance romance between a […]

  • Office jobs can cause chronic diseases; Experts have advice on what to do

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Mounting evidence shows the negative impacts of a sedentary lifestyle. That’s why health coaches Catherine Cooley and Kris Rich from Priority Health are offering advice on how to combat the negative health effects of desk jobs. Cooley says sitting at a desk and staring st a computer screen all day can contribute to the development of chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease. Adding proper office ergonomics can lead to healthier employees, higher productivity […]

  • Mild winter to prompt bad allergy season, experts say

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Allergy season is here and, according to experts, it’s not going to be pretty. Allergists are seeing record-high pollen counts, not only here in the Midwest, but across the nation. Immunologist and Allergist, Nicholas Hartog says a lot of it has to do with our mild winter. Though the warm weather was nice, it led to higher pollen counts and a longer pollen season. “The trees have been pollinating already for about two weeks,” Hartog said. […]

  • Carving into a learning curve: Class gives ‘boarding school’ new meaning

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — It’s boarding school with a twist: a class, designed to grab and keep the attention of students who are slipping through the cracks by having them roll right over cracks in the cement on boards they build. Not only do kids develop and create the boards, they learn how to ride them. High school can be a daily balancing act for a lot of students, and this class requires a lot of that. It first got […]

  • Man in need of bone marrow transplant finds perfect match: his brother

    KENTWOOD, Mich. — A young man, unable to leave his home without wearing a mask, will soon be getting back to living a normal life. It’s all thanks to a bone marrow transplant. And as it turns out, the donor was closer than ever imagined. It was his brother. Malik Kirkwood,21, was born with sickle cell anemia, a disease where one’s body produces abnormally-shaped red blood cells that can cause a lot of pain. Malik has been through everything from […]

  • ‘They’re best friends:’ Toddler and puppy fetch themselves a special bond

    WHITEHALL, Mich– We all know who man’s best friend is, but one West Michigan pup is one toddler’s top dog. It all started about two years ago when Lorraine Harpster was given a puppy for her birthday, a golden retriever named “Jersey.” When she brought the new addition home to meet her other new addition, a 2-month-old daughter named Ahnaleigh, it was the beginning of a beautiful, furry friendship. Ahnaleigh and Jersey love playing fetch together. Pink nails and all, […]

  • Grand Rapids-based company hoping for winning bid with new, secure voting machines

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. –The 2016 general election was an election like no other, with intense focus on election integrity. Michigan voters are now more interested than ever in the quality and security of the voting process. Michigan’s voting equipment is a couple decades old, says Jeffery DeLongchamp, president of ElectionSource, the Grand Rapids based dealer of Dominion Voting Systems, the only election equipment distributor based in Michigan. The state of Michigan has approved three different voting systems, and now it’s […]

  • West Michigan boy is one of seven in the world with rare genetic mutation

    HOPKINS, Mich. — Remington Veldheer’s genetic disorder is so rare, he’s only one of seven in the world. While the average person has more than 20,000 genes, typically about a dozen genes are mutated. Some of them are more apparent than others. Remington’s mutation of an important gene called ARID2 affects his physical and mental development. He’s 2-1/2 years old, but he behaves like a one-year-old. His mom, Jessica Veldheer, says Remington (Remi) can’t walk unassisted, he can’t talk nor […]