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
  • Gaming Disorder added to list of 2018 diseases

    New in 2018, there is a new disease officially being recognized by The World Health Organization. Gaming Disorder will be added to the official list of diseases by WHO.  The symptoms include the inability to control when and how to play video games. Another sign to look for is that when someone is choosing games over other interests in life and keeps playing despite negative consequences. This means that both doctors and insurance companies will now recognize the disorder. The […]

  • How to stay healthy and happy on vacation this holiday

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Holiday vacations are always fun until something goes wrong. Maybe someone gets hurt or gets sick, or luggage gets lost. AAA of Michigan says 3.5 million Michiganders plan to travel for the holidays, and if you’re in that group, here are a few important tips to keep in mind. If someone gets hurt or sick, it can be hard navigating what your options are, but your health insurance can help in more ways than one. For […]

  • Friday Funnies: How do you pronounce thermos?

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  • How to choose a college that’s best for you

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Whether you’re filing taxes or buying a home, many would say they’re time-consuming tasks, while others, consider them a hassle. While “adulting” seems stressful at times, there is one process that is hovering over teenagers’ heads: the dreadful task of applying for college. With that challenge, comes questions: How do students know a college is the right fit? What should a college visit look like? And how do you choose a school that doesn’t break the […]

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  • “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 […]