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
  • A place where work is all play: A fun teaching technique

    GRAND HAVEN, Mich. — A local elementary school is changing the way kids learn in the classroom, as many parents focus on signing their little ones up for kindergarten. At Robinson Elementary School, in Grand Haven, play is not only encouraged, it’s essential in Kindergarten literacy and learning. “I think that more and more the more you stretch these kids thin the more you see the behaviors and things we didn’t used to see when you and i went to […]

  • DIY studio ‘Hammer & Stain West Michigan’ opens in Grandville

    Grandville, Michigan; Hammer & Stain West Michigan, a new DIY studio, is celebrating their grand opening with a special ribbon cutting ceremony and open house Saturday, March 16th from 3:00-6:00 P.M. During the open house, guests will be able to create a complimentary mini-tile paint project, check out the workshop, see samples of projects, and enter to win great prizes. Complimentary snacks and refreshments will be provided and it’s open to all ages. At ‘Hammer & Stain West Michigan’ you […]

  • ‘Mary Poppins’ the musical opens at Lowell High School

    LOWELL, Mich. — It’s a sure sign that spring is near as students at Lowell High School prepare to host the opening weekend of their spring musical. Theater students will present “Mary Poppins” The Musical for the next two weekends at Lowell Performing Arts Center. Performances are planned for March 8 at 7 p.m., March 9 at 7 p.m., March 10 at 2 p.m., March 15 at 7 p.m., and March 16 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 online or […]

  • Michigan teachers quitting at record rate

    LANSING, Mich. — Michigan teachers say they are worn down and under paid. Sources say we’re facing a talent shortage and teachers are quitting at an alarming rate. Michigan isn’t alone. Protests in other states have shut down schools over low pay and poor conditions. Governor Gretchen Whitmer is calling it a crisis. In her State of the State address, Whitmer said educators are not failing us, we are the ones failing them. “Our teachers are not broken. It’s our […]

  • LaughFest Blood Drive

    Grand Rapids, Mich– Michigan Blood, part of Versiti, is partnering with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network to support Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids and its annual LaughFest. Cancer patients need life-saving blood through transfusions that fight their disease and counter negative side effects of treatments they receive, like chemotherapy. Two LaughFest blood drives will be held in Grand Rapids and surrounding areas in February: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 25 at Michigan Blood, 1036 Fuller NE in […]

  • Crews working to clear roads across Kent County

    KENT COUNTY, Mich. — As another round of winter weather hits West Michigan, road commission crews are working around the clock to hit the road. Our Erica Francis visited the dome where salt is stored in Kent County to talk with road commission workers about how they are working to treat the roads. See our full interview:      

  • Parents urged to contact lawmakers over abundance of snow days

    WEST MICHIGAN– As we brace for more school delays and cancellations this week, local superintendents are speaking out as many schools have run out of excusable snow days. In fact, so far this year, Rockford Public Schools has had 14 snow days and has already used its six forgiven days. Rockford joins the list of school districts across the state, now seeking additional snow days, while also warning parents about a longer school year if that doesn’t happen. Superintendent Michael […]

  • How Bronson Hospital is changing the stigma of hospital food

    KALAMAZOO, Mich– A newly-opened grocery store is making it more convenient to buy fresh and locally grown food, but it’s tucked away in a space you might not expect– a hospital. There, you’ll find color and quality. Not only in the people, but in what they eat. Bronson Methodist Hospital’s new Micro Market, 601 John Street, opened downtown in the hopes of improving work-life balance and health as a whole, while changing the way we view hospital food. “We’re really […]

  • Grand Valley student and cross-fit athlete recovers from stroke

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Lauren Ziegler is a 21-year-old college student who loves to work out and prides herself on living a healthy lifestyle. When she woke up Dec. 6 to get ready for class, the Grand Valley State University senior knew something was seriously wrong. “I kept collapsing and I wasn’t able to get back up off the ground,” said Lauren, who was able to crawl to her phone and call her sister for help. After Lauren arrived at […]

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