Patrick Center

Patrick  joined WGVU in December, 2008, after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News Director, Patrick manages our daily news operation. An award winning reporter, Patrick is an EMMY Award nominee and was named Best Individual Reporter by the Michigan Associated Press and presented with the Best Individual Reporter Merit Award by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. . He remains loyal to his boyhood professional sports teams: Cleveland Indians, Browns and Cavaliers. Although he grew up in the "buckeye" state, he has fallen in love with the people and natural resources of West Michigan.

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Grand Rapids Kids Food basket broke on a 15-acre site serving as an urban farm and a new space for increasing the number of sack suppers prepared for low-income school children.

“Three-two-one…”

On the site of the City of Grand Rapids last remaining parcel of farmland along Leonard Street N.E., Kids Food Basket broke ground on its new $7.5 million two-story, 27,000 square foot building.

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In Oceana County, the opening of a $4.2 million, 24-unit affordable-housing community was celebrated this week. What makes it unique are the residents - and the project’s largest investor working to improve their lives - and lowering the cost of healthcare. The new residents of Woodland Place Community Building are people with special needs, domestic violence survivors and the homeless.

Movie Talk

Oct 5, 2018
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Ron VanTimmeren from Studio C stops by previewing of A Star is Born starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. Also, Marvel Comics Venom and drama Shine

Eric Kuiper from Studio C preview indi films Love Gilda, Pick of the Litter, Blaze and I am not a Witch.

Brian G. Long, director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University
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West Michigan’s economy continued its growth pattern in September. While economic times are currently good, the economist who authored the survey is also watching for bubbles that could slow future growth.

Brian G. Long is director of Supply Management Research at the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University. He explains it’s the tax cuts that are moving the U.S. economy, and the local economy, in a positive direction.

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Governor Rick Snyder addresses the state's business talent shortage with an executive order "banning the box." Spectrum Health merges with Lakeland Health. 

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Rick Steves, the travel host whose programs air on WGVU-FM and WGVU Public Television is in Michigan speaking as a proponent of legalizing recreational marijuana in the state. Steves made his case in Grand Rapids at the Peter Martin Wege Theatre.

WGVU spoke with Steves about the issue voters will decide in November.

“My governor, Jay Inslee, was not in favor of this law when he was elected in 2012. Today, he is thankful for the law. He’s arresting 10,000 fewer people a year.”

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Tuesday, October 2nd @ 9:00 on WGVU Public Television, PBS FRONTLINE kicks of its 2018 season with Trump’s Showdown revealing how an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election has grown to threaten Donald Trump’s presidency.

“We try to lay it out so that you can remember and see it all in one place, and all of a sudden it in some ways it makes more sense because you’re seeing it all connected together.”

Jim Gilmore is a reporter and producer of Trump’s Showdown.

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Tuesday, October 2nd @ 9:00 on WGVU Public Television, PBS FRONTLINE kicks of its 2018 season with Trump’s Showdown revealing how an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election has grown to threaten Donald Trump’s presidency.

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An armed and dangerous homicide suspect led Wyoming and Grand Rapids Police on highway chase ending with a deadly force encounter on the U.S. 131 S-Curve in downtown Grand Rapids.

What began as an early morning homicide at the City of Wyoming’s Creekside Estates Mobile Home Park ended with the armed, wanted suspect exchanging gunfire with Grand Rapids Police atop the S-Curve in downtown Grand Rapids.

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On Twitter the Grand Rapids Police Department reports, "GRPD onscene of an officer involved shooting in the S-Curve. No officers appear to be injured. N/bound 131 shut-down, traffic forced to exit at Franklin St. S/bound currently open. Suspect in custody. We will provide an update as we are able."

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