Midday West Michigan


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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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.

How Rashida Tlaib is changing the role of public servants

Aug 16, 2018


WGVU's Mutually Inclusive reporter, Michelle Jokisch Polo talks with Rashida Tlaib. Running opposed in the November general election, Tlaib could become the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. 

Anna Clark, author "The poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy"

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.

The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy

What were the factors leading up to the Flint Water crisis? In part one of a two part interview I talk with Anna Clark, she’s the author of the new book The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy. I asked what drew her to tell this story?

Say It is the latest from John Proulx

Jul 26, 2018

Singer and pianist John Proulx's latest album is Say It on the
Artist Share label.  The record came out last spring and has been critically acclaimed and climbed the Jazz Week chart.  Proulx will bring his music to Grand Rapids at Jazz At The Park next Monday, July 30th from 6:30 to 8:30 in a performance that's free and open to the public.  It's presented by the West Michigan Jazz Society. 

WGVU sat down with John Proulx to talk about the new record.  We first asked him when he began playing music.

Mark Sanchez
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Manufacturers identifying intellectual property risks are making cybersecurity investment. An all-woman VC is seeking $20 million from investors. Spectrum Health makes its largest acquisition with Lakeland Health deal.

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Degage Ministries

Grand Rapids' St. Cecilia Music Center recently hosted a talent show called Talent from the Heart.

The performers call the city's Heartside community home. We introduce you to Degage Ministries and some of its patrons who took to the stage in the 500-seat auditorium.

Here these homeless and disadvantaged men and women shared their talents and built confidence. They opened ears and eyes and perhaps, a door of opportunity.

Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom opens in theaters this week.  WGVU and Ron Van Timmeran from Studio C hash it out on Mid Day

Legendary guitarist Al Di Meola on new album Opus

Jun 21, 2018

Guitar legend Al Di Meola performs in Grand Rapids at 20 Monroe Live on Saturday, June 23.  WGVU spoke with Di Meola about the upcoming concert and his latest career spanning album OPUS.