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
  • Free seminar planned to explore uses and benefits of CBD oil

    HUDSONVILLE, Mich. — Hemp-derived cannabidiol, or CBD, has been receiving a lot of attention for its benefits on human health as many are calling it a game changer when it comes to inflammation and stress. Even though its growing popularity, some are still not entirely familiar with it and are hesitant about its effects. That’s why a local health food store, Harvest Health Foods, is hosting a free seminar on CBD at 6:30 p.m Thursday at their Hudsonville location, 4150 32nd […]

  • More than 15 million Americans have alcohol use disorder, study says

    SEATTLE, Wash. –Millions of Americans–many of the 70 percent who consume alcohol–welcomed 2019 with a drink in their hand and for more than 90 percent of them, the cheer can be managed. But according to the National Institutes of Health, more than 15 million Americans have alcohol use disorder. Teena Richardson in Seattle was among them. “I wasn’t drinking wine anymore. It had escalated to hard alcohol,” says Richardson, who says she nearly lost everything to her addiction. “I wanted to get […]

  • Women not aware breastfeeding may reduce cancer risk, study says

    (COLUMBUS, Ohio) – With many infant formulas on the market promising the same benefits as breast milk, more women may forgo breastfeeding. However, when making that decision, women may not be considering the benefits  breastfeeding has on their own health. Research has shown that women who breastfeed greatly lower their risk of developing breast cancer, but a new study finds very few women are given this information by their healthcare providers. “Prevention is the best weapon we have to fight cancer,” said Dr. Bhuvana […]

  • Two life-long friends give back to community to earn Eagle Scout rank

    FRUITPORT, Mich– Two life-long friends are teaming up and giving back to their community. Last month, Xavier Oosterhart and Aaron Roup spearheaded a project to buy and build playground sheds for a Fruitport Elementary School to house toys for kids to play with.  They also bought extra toys for the kids. The two teens spent a lot of time raising money from the community and it was all in an effort to obtain the rank of Eagle Scout. They’ve been […]

  • Byron Center teacher honors students’ achievements in big way

    BYRON CENTER, Mich. — You don’t have to be a mathematician to know there is power in numbers, just as there’s great power in knowledge. A third grader in Byron Center is combining the two, studying hard to pass her multiplication facts. But it’s the way her teacher rewarded her that’s gaining attention online. A couple of weeks ago, Ellie Steenbergen came home to find a sign in her front yard that reads, “Wahoo! I passed my multiplication facts in Mrs. Corey’s […]

  • 5 ways to overcome the holiday anxiety

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The holidays are typically a joyful time of year to spend with family and friends but for some, the holidays mean stress and anxiety. In fact, according to a recent study,  this time of year is stressful for 88 percent of Americans and this type of seasonal depression can strike anyone – at any age. “Even people who don’t struggle with mental health or substance use disorder they have an increase sometimes in stress and even […]

  • Donut Conspiracy to host ‘Grinch Day’ this Saturday

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Grinch is leaving his home atop Mount Krumpet for a day of donuts at The Donut Conspiracy. It’s all part of “Grinch Day” this Saturday at The Donut Conspiracy on East Beltline in Grand Rapids. The shop says The Grinch will be visiting from 8:00 a.m. until noon. There will be Grinch and Whoville-themed donuts to mark the occasion.  

  • “On the 4th Day of Davis”… FOX 17 rang bells for The Salvation Army

    Grand Rapids, Mich. –The 12 Days of Davis continues, and this time he, along with our Erica Francis and Garry Frank, helped raise money for The Salvation Army, working as bell ringers. No word yet on how much was raised. If you would like to help out, click here.

  • Cancer survivor starts medical transport service, picks others up in a time of need

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A cancer survivor is helping others ride their way to a healthy life. Thomas Sikkema is providing a medical transport service to assist others on their own medical journey. We first brought you Sikkema’s story two years ago. He was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2013 and spent around eight months in and out of the hospital. Now that he’s in remission, he’s no longer a patient, rather, a nurse and chauffeur. You might think of […]