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.

Grand Valley State University
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The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the weekend report of a Grand Valley State University student sexually assaulted near the Allendale campus.

The alleged sexual assault of a Grand Valley student took place Sunday morning between 3:30 and 4:00 AM in an off-campus parking lot at the Campus West Apartments. The student reported two unknown men were responsible for the assault. No further description provided.

The Rapid DASH
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It’s being dubbed as a first-of-its-kind, public-private partnership providing downtown Grand Rapids bus users with a free ride.  The fare-free rides are a product of three partners with a vision for improving bus service and access.

The Rapid, the City of Grand Rapids and Spectrum Health are partnering in an effort to increase The Rapids Route 19 ridership while reducing traffic and parking congestion along the Michigan Street corridor. The three partners are behind free-fares that are now in effect.

Mark Sanchez
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Metro Health - University of Michigan Health announce new President and CEO. Credit unions offer investment services. Grand Angels raising up to $25 million for new VC fund.

Dr. Peter Hahn portrait
Metro Health - University of Michigan Health

Metro Health – University of Michigan Health has a new President and CEO. Dr. Peter Hahn has been selected to lead Metro Health – University of Michigan Health.

Hahn is replacing retiring Michael Faas who has served as President and CEO for a quarter century.

Hahn describes himself as a physician CEO bringing a hands-on perspective to the position.

“Having a physician CEO really speaks to the progressive nature of Metro. What’s always been.”

Gerald R. Ford International Airport
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The Gerald R. Ford International Airport is currently the second fastest growing airport in the United States.

In its 54-years serving West Michigan travelers the Gerald R. Ford International Airport has expanded physically and added service.

In recent years passenger growth has been recorded in 60 of the last 67 months. The airport says July was the seventh record breaking month in a row serving more than a quarter-million passengers. It marked a year-over-year increase in passengers of 16.7 percent.

Coat of arms of David Walkowiak
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In response to this week’s grand jury report released by Pennsylvania officials identifying more than 300 "predator priests" who molested children in six dioceses, the Diocese of Grand Rapids’ Bishop issued a letter addressing abuse by members of the Catholic clergy.

Diocese of Grand Rapids Bishop, Most Reverend David J. Walkowiak, penned a letter that begins with prayers for “the survivors of sexual abuse.”

Culex mosquito
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The Kent County Health Department is concerned there’s an increased risk of contracting the West Nile virus. A warm, dry summer is conducive for breeding among the mosquito carrying the virus. While no human cases have been reported this year, recent county mosquito testing indicates the situation is serious.

Water faucet
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A health report released Tuesday indicates a significantly higher than expected rate for prostate cancer in Northern Kent County private drinking wells tested for PFAS.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Kent County Health Department released cancer incident data as it pertains to PFAS found in two Northern Kent County combined zip codes private drinking wells. Think Belmont and Rockford where Wolverine World Wide dumped waste.

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PBS FRONTLINE and WGVU Public Television present the finale of a two part series Tuesday, August 14th at 9:00. WGVU spoke with New York Times Tehran Bureau Chief and FRONTLINE correspondent Thomas Erdbrink. He’s one of a handful of Western journalists living in Iran.

At a time friction between the United States and Iran – a renewed threat of war and sanctions - Erdbrink presents “Our Man in Tehran” - life inside the Islamic Republic.

Van Andel Arena
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Grand Rapids’ Van Andel Arena and DeVos Performance Hall are receiving high marks from notable national publication mid-year charts.

If you’ve been to a show at DeVos Performance Hall, or a concert or sporting event at Van Andel Arena, you may have noticed tickets are scarce. From the perspective of Pollstar, VenuesNow and Billboard Magazines, that means ticket sales are solid. For venues of their size, that puts them near the top of ticket sales in North America and the world.

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