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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
  • 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 […]

  • Non-invasive, drug-free technology helps those with depression

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – An unconventional treatment for depression is gaining acceptance in West Michigan. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, a drug-free treatment, has been available for a number of years at Psychiatric Associates of West Michigan, and Michelle Kregel can testify to its effectiveness. Depression affects about 25 million Americans, and about four million patients don’t respond to standard treatments. One in 10 people over the age of 12 in this country take antidepressants, said Dr. Henry Mulder at Psychiatric Associates, […]

  • “I feel so blessed:” Local man returns from World Transplant games-takes home silver and bronze

    HOLLAND, Mich. – Fred Nelis just brought home silver medals in the 50-meter backstroke, butterfly and freestyle, and a bronze in the 100-meter freestyle. And he looks forward to competing next summer in Salt Lake City and in 2019 in England. What makes Fred special is that he’s swimming with another person’s heart. Fred recently competed in the World Transplant games in Spain. Competitors have to have received a soft tissue transplant. We first brought you his story March of […]

  • ‘I’ve been a history geek since I was a kid:’ West Michigan’s Victorian Woman turns passion into career

    WYOMING, Mich. – Wendy Batchelder is a Victorian woman. She appears at nursing homes, bridal parties, youth groups, and libraries on what it was like to live and dress in the 1800s. “I learned it from reading,” she says. “I’ve been a history geek since I was a kid.” “This is one of those 4 o’clock in the morning moments where you wake up and think,  how can I do this, how can this be done, where I can show […]

  • Physical therapists fight back against back pain

    ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Experts say 80 percent of people in the U.S will experience a back problem at some point in their life. A lot of people think the recovery process ends with physical therapy, but Tom Hulst, co-owner and founder of Hulst Jepsen, says there are several new trends in treating back pain. One of those new treatments is called dry needling. “Basically, when you stick the needle in, there’s a reflex that happens and that local twitch […]

  • 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 […]