Erik Kostrzewa is the newest member of the FOX 17 weather team, joining the station in June of 2018. He was born and raised in the state of Michigan; spending much of his life in the suburbs of Detroit. Erik attended the University of Michigan and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Earth Systems Science and Engineering with a concentration in Meteorology.

His first on-air job was in Lansing, Michigan at WLNS-TV. While in the heart of the lower peninsula, Erik covered a wide variety of challenging weather. He is familiar with how quickly the seasons seem to change here and is excited to bring his knowledge to the west side of the state.

On his off days, you’ll find Erik on the golf course, hiking some of the best trails known to Michigan or up north at Houghton Lake relaxing by the water. He also plans on sharpening his skiing skills during the winter months on the slopes in West Michigan.

Erik definitely has an interesting last name which comes from his Polish descent. If you are wondering how it is pronounced, the easiest way to say it is “Ka-Stree-Va”.

Have any story ideas or want to connect with him on social media? You can search for Erik Kostrzewa on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram by using his name or by searching for the username @FOX17Erik. He can also be reached by email at​

Recent Articles
  • Monday kicks of Michigan’s Severe Weather Awareness Week

    WEST MICHIGAN — Even though severe weather has and can occur at any time of the year, the majority occurs during the spring and summer months. Before things truly ramp up here in the state, Governer Whitmer has declared March 24-30th as Severe Weather Awareness Week. According to the state, Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Cass, Eaton, Ionia, Kalamazoo, Kent, Newaygo, Mecosta, Ottawa, and St. Joseph counties experienced heavy rainfall, flooding and severe thunderstorms in 2018, resulting in a few counties being […]

  • West Michigan hunters offering to help control coyote population

    WEST MICHIGAN — Coyote sightings in recent years have been staggering and many have taken to social media to show how many have been lurking in backyards. March is the end of mating season for coyotes, and they can become very aggressive this time of year, getting close to homes and into yards if food is easily accessible. If you have concerns with coyotes around your home, you can call a Nuisance Wildlife Control Expert or a hunter, both of […]

  • Keep small pets close; multiple coyote sightings as mating season rolls on

    WEST MICHIGAN — Don’t be surprised if you see or hear coyotes near your home. They have been making their presence known in West Michigan for years now. Coyote mating season began in January and continues to be strong this month. They have become increasingly visible as they set up their territory and look for food. While coyotes typically do not attack humans, plenty of times they have taken small house pets as their prey. If you have seen or […]

  • Icy travel and strong wind in several West Michigan counties

    WEST MICHIGAN — National Weather Service Winter Weather Advisories were in effect for Mecosta and Newaygo counties from 7 p.m. Saturday to 1 a.m. Sunday, and a Wind Advisory is posted for Branch, St. Joseph, Cass and Berrien counties from midnight to 8 a.m. Sunday. A number of counties were reporting freezing rain late Saturday night, and the Consumers Energy Outage Map showed widely-scattered outages in such areas as Hesperia, Grant Township in Newaygo County, Sparta, Kent City, Oakfield Township, […]

  • Year-round daylight saving time could be beneficial to your health

    WEST MICHIGAN — Daylight saving time begins this weekend, but if some lawmakers have their way, it will be permanent. This means no more setting clocks back and never losing an hour of sleep again. Senators in Florida are once again introducing ‘The Sunshine Protection Act’ which is a federal bill that would get rid of springing forward in March or falling back in November. Two states do not currently participate in the time change: Arizona and Hawaii. If this […]

  • Polar vortex returns to plunge West Michigan temps toward record cold levels

    WEST MICHIGAN — Mother Nature is not making any friends this month and we are only two days in. Plan on record cold to greet you into the new work week. High temperatures will creep only into the lower teens Monday and the middle teens Tuesday. With more cold, lake effect snow is also in the forecast as well as gusty winds. Wind chills with the cold and wind will be below zero if not well below zero for the […]

  • Phil was wrong. West Michigan will have to wait a little longer for spring to arrive

    As we write this at 5:32 p.m. on Wednesday, February 27, spring is only 504 hours and 26 minutes away! Along with many of you, the entire FOX17 weather team is counting down the minutes to spring so West Michigan can see more sunshine and warmer temperatures. After taking a look at the latest weather models and spring outlook, we may all be left with a sour taste in our mouths. March and much of April looks to stay cold. […]

  • Strong winds top 60 mph in West Michigan

    WEST MICHIGAN — Peak wind gusts so far have exceeded 50 mph across nearly the entire area with a few spots approaching and hitting 60 mph. Below are some wind reports recorded across the area Sunday: Michigan City Harbor Entrance Lighthouse – 71 mph Saint Joesph (Berrien County) – 61 mph Springfield (Calhoun County) – 60 mph Roosevelt (Muskegon County) – 60 mph Bradley (Allegan County) – 59 mph Macatawa (Ottawa County) – 58 mph The extreme low pressure system […]

  • Blizzard and High Wind Warnings posted ahead of powerful wind, blinding snow

    WEST MICHIGAN — Be prepared to lose your power, the wicked winds are almost here. The National Weather Service has upgraded the Winter Storm Watches and High Wind Watches to High Wind Warnings. A Blizzard Warning is also in effect for Oceana, Mecosta and Newaygo counties for blowing and drifting snow leading to extremely low visibility. 4 to 8 inches of snow is expected in the blizzard warned areas. Both expire at 7 a.m. Monday! Winds are expected to become […]

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