Born and raised in Holland, Michigan, Erica Francis has always had a passion for reporting.

Erica’s passion to ‘give a voice to the voiceless’ led her to Central Michigan University where she reported and anchored for the university’s award-winning news station, News Central 34.

In addition, she reported for The Chippewa Sports Network and for Meridian Township’s, HOMTV.

Erica graduated from CMU with a degree in Broadcast & Cinematic Arts and a double minor in Journalism and Leadership. Fire Up Chips!

Erica is excited to be working at WXMI Fox 17 News and is looking forward to bringing West Michigan the stories that need to be told.

In her free time, Erica likes to meet new people, golf, sing, work out, and try new foods.

In addition, Erica loves to travel. Her sophomore year of college, she studied journalism for 6 months in Singapore. During her time overseas, she traveled to Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand.

Erica’s daily inspiration comes from her favorite quote, “Never hope for it more than you work for it.” -Unknown

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Recent Articles
  • A taste of the American dream: Host families wanted for foreign exchange students

    COOPERSVILLE, Mich– Enjoying the lake shore is something many of us may take for granted, but an organization in West Michigan is giving others, outside of our country, the chance to enjoy it too. Not only that, these exchange students are placed in Coopersville schools and are immersed in West Michigan culture. But in order to do so, they need host families. That’s where you come in. International Experience, founded in 2002, is the non-profit behind the fun. It’s a […]

  • Stella’s celebrating 9th anniversary Thursday

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Stella’s Lounge is celebrating its 9th year in business Thursday. The company is celebrating like a fine whiskey by hosting a party to celebrate from 11 a.m. Thursday until close. You can play arcade games for free and get $5 off select burgers from 4-10 p.m. There will also be a table carving contest from 1-3 p.m.  

  • Art show to benefit Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich– Wednesday night in Grand Rapids, you have the opportunity to purchase new artwork while helping children who are ill, some, fighting for their lives at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. This charity event, put on by All Art Works, an online platform created to connect artists with art buyers, plans to donate their entire 40 percent commission of every sale to the hospital. The one-night-only event will be held at Brush Studio, 50 Louis St NW, on May […]

  • 5th annual Bridge Walk for Autism downtown GR

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A thousand people are expected to take part in the 5th annual Bridge Walk for Autism downtown Grand Rapids Thursday. The event is hosted by the Hope Network Thursday from 4-6 p.m. on the blue bridge downtown GR. The organization is inviting anyone in our community who has been impacted by autism in any way to take participate. The organization is again partnering with the Grand Rapids Public Museum to host a free, sensory-friendly event following […]

  • Event allows parents inside their teenager’s mind

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — For parents, getting into a mind of a teenager is nearly impossible. But a local event is hoping to make it a bit easier to figure out. You’ve likely wondered what the teenagers in your life might be thinking. Some, harder to read than others but when it comes to bullying, relationships and school pressure there are some things parents should know. Wedgwood Christian Services is hosting its annual State of the Child, bringing experts from around […]

  • Input sought on Grand River restoration plans

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be holding two community meetings Monday to get the public’s input on plans to restore the Grand River. There are two different meetings planned at DeVos Place, one at 4 p.m. and another at 6 p.m. The open house allows the public a chance to give input and get involved in the Whitewater Restoration Project, while the city uses this time to obtain the proper permits required to begin […]

  • 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 […]

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