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
  • “It has really been a challenge:” Finding a balance between breastfeeding and work

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich– There’s a lot to learn when it comes to the basics of breastfeeding, but according to some moms, there’s nothing basic about it. It seems to be a common theme among new mothers, breastfeeding is tough and only gets tougher when heading back to work. The transition can be stressful, forcing many mothers to choose between caring for their children and their careers. Monday through Friday, Erica Jansma packs her pump, extra bottles, and a cooler before […]

  • Great Lakes EMS Academy helps students find their passion for saving lives

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Nicole Eastman didn’t have to leave West Michigan to fulfill her dream of becoming a paramedic. “I finally found my passion.” And she found it at Great Lakes EMS Academy in Grand Rapids. Great Lakes EMS Academy runs its program in association with Davenport University and is the only paramedic training site in the area that has received the National Programmatic Accreditation. This is important, since there is a demand for paramedics and EMTs around the […]

  • Kids take up yoga in classrooms

    WYOMING, Mich. – It’s not every day when you see kids in school doing yoga moves. But at Vista Charter Academy, they’re doing downward dog and deep breathing. The school is now using a program called Minds on Mats to “do yoga and set goals around self-awareness and self-management,” says teacher Candis Ogilvie. “Kids are very stressed around learning sometimes.” “We’re bringing an awareness of who and how they’re being in the moment, and who and how they want to […]

  • 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.