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
  • Is it okay to drink alcohol and breastfeed?

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich– Every new mom is faced with a tough decision: Breast or bottle? But deciding to breastfeed could lead to even more questions, like: What should you eat When should you pump What do you do if you want an occasional drink of alcohol? “With any gift, you want the recipient of the gift to benefit the most from it.  For that, you need to lead a healthy lifestyle,” said Dr. Lana Gagin at Spectrum Health. And to […]

  • Momma Gourmet Food Delivery Service: Helps parents transition babies to solid food

    Momma Gourmet is a weekly meal kit subscription service which helps parents transition their babies to solid food. They start with simple single ingredient recipes and as the weeks progress so do the recipes. By week eight, your baby will be trying spices, herbs, and other more complex flavors and textures. The weekly meal kits also include the supplies you will need to freeze and store the baby food properly. Kelly Kalseth’s goal is to Empower Mommas and show them […]

  • Holland Hospital making mammograms more accessible

    HOLLAND, Mich– When it comes to breast cancer, early detection is key. Paying for a mammogram to detect that cancer, should never be a barrier, but it is. That’s why Holland Hospital is working to change that with their Breast Care Fund. Holland artist, Carolyn Stich found out she had cancer about a year ago, and it might be surprising to hear this, but one of the first things that crossed her mind was that she felt blessed. “You can’t […]

  • 2018 Charity Fall Wine Fest event to benefit local non-profit groups

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The semi-annual Wine Fest, organized by the Noto family, will be held Friday, November 2, at 7:00 p.m. at Noto’s Old World Dining on 28th Street in Grand Rapids. FOX 17’s Erica Francis and Nicole DiDonato will host the event. At the event, there will be more than 300 fine wines from around the world. The event also features food and live musical entertainment with The Tom Hagen Trio featuring Rick Reuther. The participating non-profit groups include […]

  • Finding Halloween costumes on a budget

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — We are a little more than a week away from Halloween. If you still need a costume, you can check out your local thrift store and build your own. Erica Francis stopped by The Salvation Army, 1491 Division Avenue South #2 in Grand Rapids and tried it for herself. There are a ton of children costumes available for less than $7 plus different adult clothes for you to make your own costume. Proceeds from sales go […]

  • Fall bridal show coming to West Michigan

    GRAND RAPIDS, MI– Ladies, if you’re planning a wedding there is a fall bridal show coming to West Michigan. ‘GR Bride’ is hosting its fall bridal show at the DeltaPlex in Walker, Saturday, November 10th from noon until 5:00 p.m. There will be a fashion show, with the latest bridal trends and popular wedding gowns and bridesmaids dresses. There will be different caterers, florists and Dj’s on-site for you to explore your different options. More than 1,000 people are expected […]

  • The numbers are in: Gold Coast Doulas collects more than 18k diapers

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — In September, Gold Coast Doulas hosted its third annual Diaper Drive with a goal to collect 30,000 diapers to support families in need in Kent, Ottawa and Allegan counties. Diaper Need Awareness Week is a week to make a difference in the lives of the nearly 5.2 million babies in the U.S. aged three or younger who live in poor or low-income families. After a week of fundraising, the total numbers are in. Gold Coast Doulas […]

  • ‘I think everybody has their thing:’ New trend, people use repetitive sounds on YouTube to unwind

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Elissa Kedziorek admits her pre-sleep routine may be strange to some, but for her, it’s a great way to relax. “It has to be light and delicate, “ says the student at Western Michigan University. “For me, it’s whispering videos.” Those videos are posted on YouTube by the millions and are becoming increasingly popular. “I’ll tell people my age and they’ll say what, what’s that.. creepy,” she said. Though it may make some uncomfortable, it’s a godsend […]

  • Fight cancer with Light the Night event this Saturday

    Grand Rapids, Mich– An organization is taking steps to end cancer and you can help. Light the Night, hosted by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is taking place at John Ball Zoo Park in Grand Rapids from 5:30 to 9:00 Saturday the 6th. This event delivers hope to families in a time of despair and provides life-saving research & support for cancer patients and their families. For more information: click here.