I first walked into the FOX 2 newsroom about a decade ago as an eager intern, ready to learn.
News reporting and storytelling was my passion - and it still is. I've felt that way since I first read the morning announcements at West Ottawa High School in my hometown of Holland, Michigan.
I was blessed to know what I wanted to do at such a young age. Whether it was singing, dancing, or acting, performing was written in my soul, as was giving a voice to the voiceless.
I pursued my dream of becoming a TV news anchor and reporter at Central Michigan University (Fire Up Chips) and I didn't stop there. I ended up spending a semester at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore where I studied both journalism and film.
Following graduation, I was hired as a full-time general assignment reporter in Grand Rapids at FOX 17 and was soon promoted to a morning and midday anchor.
After a four-year stint in the Mitten, covering everything from tragedy to triumph, even the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, it was off to Nashville, TN.
I joined the WKRN news team in June of 2019 as the 4:00 p.m. co-anchor and reporter and focused mainly on Nashville’s growth and the growing pains that came along with it. When I wasn't chatting about real estate, I was chatting with Garth Brooks or Luke Combs at the CMA Awards. Talk about a cool experience. But truly, what's cooler than being home surrounded by the Great Lakes? Not much.
Nine years following my internship at FOX 2, I'm back, but this time, it's the real deal. Holy cow! What they say is true, 'dreams don't work unless you do.'
All these years later and I'm proud to say I've received a Michigan Association of Broadcasters award; a Mark of Excellence Award from the Society of Professional Journalists and I've been Emmy-nominated for both my writing and reporting.
I am so thrilled to be home in Michigan reporting and anchoring in one of the best news towns in the country. You all have already welcomed me with open arms and have been so, so kind. For that, I am grateful. I feel so fulfilled.
I am looking forward to sharing your stories, especially the ones that make people smile.
When I'm not in the field reporting, you can catch me behind the anchor desk, with Josh Landon, dark and early from 4:00 to 6:00 A.M. I hope you'll tune in!
If you see me out and about, please say hi and don't forget to send your story ideas to my email at email@example.com.
The latest from Erica Francis
Art therapists specialists seek status in Michigan mental health code
There are only 200 art therapists in Michigan, and that number is falling. Those in the field say it needs to be elevated as an important part of mental health care.
Memorial honoring World War II veterans to be unveiled in Grosse Pointe Farms
The sculpture is designed by the same artist who built one in France that was dedicated 60 years after D-Day.
Grosse Pointe schools debates millions in budget cuts during 9-hour board meeting
A school board meeting didn't get out until 3 a.m. as the district weighs necessary budget cuts from a dramatic drop in enrollment.
Burnout among Detroit first responders leading to dangerous EMS shortage
Paramedics working in the city say as the volume of calls goes up, the number of available first responders goes down. It could have deadly consequences.
2 juveniles injured in violent weekend • Detroit's dangerous EMS shortage • Mother gave narcotics to child
In Monday's News Hit: - Two juveniles were just some of the casualties from another violent weekend in Detroit - The city is facing a dangerous EMS shortage after it combined its fire and paramedic departments - A mother was arrested after turning herself in for giving fentanyl to her 4-year-old child, which later killed him.
At Milford elementary school, dads double as positive role models and security
Mr. Nick and Mr. Jerry fill more than a few roles within the Kurtz Elementary school district, giving them a chance to see their own kids while supporting dozens of others.
Program linking students with disabilities to work reaches major milestone
The barriers for those with physical and mental disabilities make getting a job even more challenging. Here's how one program is helping people get into work.
What's next for gun control • David's Bridal files for bankruptcy • Felon arraigned in activist's murder
In Tuesday's News Hit: - Democrats easily passed their first round of legislation on gun safety. The next round could be tougher - The popular retailer for purchasing wedding dresses has filed for bankruptcy protection. David's Bridal is also laying off thousands of employees - A man was arrested and charged in the murder of an Ann Arbor woman who was an advocate of the homeless
Next round of gun safety bills pose bigger challenge for Michigan Democrats
The first round of legislating was relatively easy on gun control bills relating to safe storage and expanded background checks. The next round may be more difficult.
Fines doubled and more devices prohibited under new distracted driving bills
Michigan is looking to update its distracted driving rules to include more restrictions on electronic devices while behind the wheel.