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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An invitation-only Celebration of Life Service for Grand Rapids philanthropist and Amway co-founder, Rich DeVos, will take place Thursday, September 13th at LaGrave Avenue Christian Reformed Church. Today, the public was invited to a visitation at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel paying their respects.

“I first met Rich as a child. My parents were contemporaries with Rich and Helen.”

David Hooker is President and CEO of Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park joined friends and well-wishers comforting the DeVos family at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.

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In the decade since the Great Recession, many American cities and towns have bounced back. But for some small and mid-size cities that were once hubs for innovation and manufacturing, economic recovery has remained elusive. In Left Behind America, FRONTLINE and ProPublica reporter Alec MacGillis ask why — and presents an in-depth look at Dayton, Ohio, chronicling the lives and struggles of Dayton’s working poor as they chase the American dream in the new American economy.

WGVU talks with MacGillis about Midwestern economic revitalization.

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U.S. News & World Report has released its Best Colleges Rankings and Grand Valley State University is receiving high marks once again.

Grand Valley  is experiencing a déjà vu with U.S. News and World Reports 2019 Best Colleges Rankings. Grand Valley is listed 3rd for "Top Public Regional Universities in the Midwest." In 2018 it held that position. Coming in at number one is Truman State University and number two is University of Northern Iowa.

"Scout Salute"
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The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum is hosting its Annual West Michigan Day of Remembrance. This marks the 17th year West Michigan Boy Scouts are saluting the flag from sun up to sundown paying their respects to all who died 17 years ago during the 9-11 terror attacks.

“Second rank attention…right hand salute…”

“We have the flag here under constant salute from dawn until dusk.”

“…First rank, two. Right face. Forward march...”

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Tuesday, September 11th at 10 o’clock, WGVU Public Television and PBS FRONTLINE presents “Left Behind America”.

“It really is very representative of a whole swath of small and midsized cities across the Midwest.”

ProPublica reporter Alec MacGillis found himself in Dayton, Ohio during the 2016 Presidential campaign.

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 returned to a pattern of slow growth in August. The August survey of West Michigan purchasing managers indicates the tariff war scare in July may have passed.

“The fears that we had of the tariffs that were baring down on us didn’t actually come into fruition.”

Brian G. Long is director of Supply Management Research at the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University.

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Grand Rapid’s Richard M. DeVos, co-founder of Amway, NBA team owner and father-in-law of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has died at the age of 92.

Richard M. DeVos was an entrepreneur who, with boyhood friend Jay Van Andel, pioneered direct selling in 1949 when they invested $49 distributing Nutrilite vitamins. That would lead to the creation of Amway in 1959 selling an all-purpose cleaner. Nearly six decades later it is a multi-billion dollar international corporation.

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TrueNorth Community Services

Students across Michigan are back in the classroom. For some families backpacks and school supplies can be a financial burden difficult to overcome. But for some of those low-income Newaygo County students there's help.

Fremont-based nonprofit TrueNorth Community Services and it's partners Choice One Bank, Fremont Area Community Foundation and Gerber Foundation are providing free backpacks, essential school supplies, haircuts and dental and vision screenings.

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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.

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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.

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