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
  • 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 […]

  • Junior Achievement Titan Challenge

    The Titan Challenge is a day-long business strategy competition for high school students. Teams of three students work with a mentor from the business community to guide a fledgling company through the ups and downs of the market. The Titan Challenge draws on a number of skills each team member will need to become a meaningful contributor in tomorrow’s workforce: creativity, finance, collaboration, strategy, leadership, and more. Junior Achievement is a volunteer-taught program “Junior Achievement is a volunteer taught program […]

  • Slows Bar BQ, Carvers, Aperitivo are to-go options for Super Bowl Sunday

    Lots of options for Super Bowl party foods: Carvers: Slo’s BBQ: Aperitivo:

  • GRAM’s newest exhibit: The Great Lakes Cycle

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich– The Great Lakes Cycle, is an exhibition of all new works by New York-based artist Alexis Rockman, who is known for his ecology-based works of art. The exhibition features a suite of five mural-sized oil and alkyd paintings, each exploring a different theme that Alexis Rockman researched. Rockman focuses on the history of the Great Lakes, the current challenges in the region, and the opportunities to positively shape its future. There are also six large-scale watercolors and […]

  • Community aids in woman’s road to recovery, one card at a time

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich– The founder of Lori’s Voice, a local non-profit dedicated to helping young people with disabilities, is on the road to recovery after she was hurt in a crash. Lori was injured on December 19 in a crash on 48th Avenue and Arthur Street in Wright Township. David Hastings, her husband, was driving on Arthur Street when he failed to stop and was hit by Lawrence Weiss, 52, who was driving northbound on 48th Avenue. If you don’t […]

  • Joe List at Dr. Grins this weekend

  • Celebrate the New Year with the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum

    If you’re looking for a fun way to celebrate the New Year with your kids, the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum has a lot to offer. Kids can make a noisemaker, create a resolution wand, and dance and play their way into the New Year at GRCM’s annual New Year’s Early Eve party! The event is happening December 31st, from 6:00pm-8:00 p.m. with a countdown. The Celebration! Cinema balloon drop will be held at 7:30! Tickets are $12 per person ages […]

  • 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 […]