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
  • Motorcyclist seriously injured in 28th Street crash

    WYOMING, Mich. — An investigation is underway after a crash involving a motorcyclist at a busy intersection. It happened at the intersection of 28th Street and Burlingame Avenue around 5:00 a.m. Wednesday morning. Police say the motorcyclist, 29, suffered serious injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital. His name has not been released. Police say that a burgundy four-door vehicle was southbound on Burlingame and crossed 28th Street in front of the motorcycle.  The motorcyclist lost control in trying […]

  • GRPS extends partnership with GRCC: ‘You’re already ahead of the game’

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Grand Rapids Public Schools is extending their partnerships with Grand Rapids Community College. The Early/Middle College Program at GRPS allows students to take college courses while they’re still in high school. If they stay for a fifth year, the teens can graduate with both a high school diploma and an associates degree. On top of having that achievement under their belts, officials say the biggest advantage for students may be the financial benefits. “You`re already […]

  • WWE RAW returns to Grand Rapids

    WWE RAW returns to Vana Andel Arena Monday night. FOX 17 spoke to WWE Superstar, Elias before the big night. Details are in the video.

  • West Michigan organization giving military kids an education

    GRAND HAVEN, Mich– There are many things in life that are not free. Among them, our freedom and a college education. Returning home to Grand Rapids from his second tour of duty in Iraq, Major Dan Rooney became painfully aware of the reality families face when a loved one in uniform is fallen or disabled. That’s when Major Rooney decided to change the future of America’s grieving spouses and children and the Folds of Honor Foundation was born. There are […]

  • Wedgwood hosts 33rd Annual Charity Golf Classic

    ADA, Mich– Today, people across West Michigan had the opportunity to raise funds and awareness for local at-risk children and families. Wedgwood Christian Services hosted their 33rd Annual Charity Golf Classic at Egypt Valley Country Club Monday morning. The money raised supports Wedgwood’s life-changing, 100 percent donor-funded services that tackle sex trafficking, neglect, sexual abuse, substance abuse, learning difficulties and more. To learn more about Wedgwood, or if you would like to donate, click here.

  • Friday Funnies: Alyssa sings us a song

  • “Little kids do big things:” Third graders help feed community through reading

    MUSKEGON, Mich– Food for thought — if reading a book helped others in your community, would you do it? A group of third graders did. Whether it was reading in their hot tub, or to their pets, these students are feeding their minds while feeding those in need. More than 50 students from Twin Lake Elementary read on their own time for 31 days straight, all to raise money for charity. It’s an example of little kids proving, they too […]

  • New procedure to prevent stroke at Spectrum Health ‘very promising.’

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — There’s a new life-saving procedure that’s helping patients at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids. The procedure is called TCAR, for transcarotid artery revascularization, and it works by opening up blocked carotid arteries without the risk of the blockage in those arteries from traveling to the brain. “This new procedure TCAR now it looks very promising in terms of, especially for people who are at high risk for having surgery, people who are over 75 years old […]

  • Go further with food for National Nutrition Month

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich– It’s March! That means it is National Nutrition Month. According to Priority Health, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has launched a campaign focused on the importance of making informed food choices as well as reducing waste. Meal prep is a critical step in setting you up for success as well as reducing food waste. Rebbeca Mason, a Registered Dietician with Priority Health is offering up these four tips: 1. Check the pantry and refrigerator. Always plan […]