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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A retailer group is forming a private health insurance exchange while the state's small group insurance market is seeing stability.

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Along the lakeshore in Muskegon’s 91st House District both Republicans and Democrats held primaries. Greg VanWoerkom who served as U.S. Congressman Bill Huizenga’s District Director won a decisive victory over Republican challenger Alan Jager. This is VanWoerkom’s first time running for political office.

“I think the results showed that my message is resounding with folks talking about Muskegon’s comeback and Michigan’s comeback and building on the policies that have gotten us here rather than going in reverse.”

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 economic growth slowed in almost every sector in July. That’s the readout from the latest Supply Management Research survey. The findings indicate it’s in response to sweeping tariffs.

“Our index of new orders which had been very positive flipped to the negative position for the first time in 18 months.”

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

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WGVU’s Decision 2018 continues the countdown to the August 7th primary profiling the gubernatorial candidates. WGVU asks Democrat Gretchen Whitmer three questions.

Q: What is your plan for expanding the state’s economy?

A: “The first thing we’ve got to do is invest in ourselves. We’ve got to invest in infrastructure and jobs skills. That means better education for our kids and ensuring everyone has a path to a high wage skill.”

Q: What is your plan for improving the state’s educational outcomes?

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WGVU’s Decision 2018 continues the countdown to the August 7th primary profiling the gubernatorial candidates. WGVU asks Democrat Dr. Abdul El-Sayed three questions.

Q: What is your plan for expanding the state’s economy?

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WGVU’s Decision 2018 continues its profiling of candidates. Today, WGVU talks with the two Democrats running for Congress in Michigan’s 3rd U.S. House District.

Democrat Cathy Albro is an educator and small business owner. She’s the founder of Grand Rapids’ Creative Learning Center focused on high-quality child care. When it comes to policymaking she believes in government transparency and civility.

Anna Clark, author "The poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy"
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In part two of my interview with Anna Clark, author of the new book The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy. We talk about how race played a role in the Flint Water Crisis.

Attorney's General Bill Schuette, State of Michigan
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WGVU’s Decision 2018 continues the countdown to the August 7th primary profiling the gubernatorial candidates. WGVU asks Republican Bill Schuette three questions.

Q: What is your plan for expanding the state’s economy?

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WGVU’s Decision 2018 continues its profiling of candidates running in Michigan’s Senate primary races. WGVU talks with the two Republicans running for Michigan’s 29th Senate district seat.

Republican Dan Oesch is a Wyoming, Michigan native. A specialist in hospital logistics has provided him with a greater understanding of the health care system and cutting expenses. He says the state must operate within a balanced budget and implement policies promoting growth of Michigan businesses and encouraging entrepreneurship. 

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WGVU’s Decision 2018 continues the countdown to the August 7th primary profiling the gubernatorial candidates. WGVU asks Republican Brian Calley three questions.

Q: What is your plan for expanding the state’s economy?

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