Today FOX 17 announced that Derek Francis will be joining the station as a news anchor beginning on Monday, December 8, 2014.
Francis comes to FOX 17 from WZZM, where he was a morning anchor and news reporter for 11 years.
“Derek Francis has been a fixture in West Michigan television for the past decade,” said FOX 17 News Director Brooks Blanton. “We are very lucky to have him on our anchor team and look forward to the energy and passion he brings to FOX 17 News.”
Originally from St. Louis, Mo., Derek attended Arizona State University, where he earned a bachelors degree in broadcast journalism. Derek was morning and noon anchor at KNDU-TV in the Tri-Cities area of Washington state before working at WZZM.
When he’s not working, Derek enjoys coaching his two boys’ sports teams, especially baseball.
“I am more than excited to join the FOX 17 News team,” said Derek Francis. “I took a brief step away from the industry, by choice, and my time away gave me an even greater appreciation for it and FOX 17. This station is really making waves in the West Michigan market, and I’m thrilled to be a part of this team.”