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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The evolution of Michigan's medical and recreational marijuana industries. The growth of electric vehicle market and demand for lithium-ion batteries. Kalamazoo-based biopesticide maker Vestaron comes to market.

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As Americans celebrate space exploration with the 50th anniversary the Apollo 11 mission and moon landing, a Grand Valley State University is exploring the impact religion has on astronauts travelling through the cosmos. 

Does a voyage to outer space resemble a sacred pilgrimage? Deana Weibel, a professor of anthropology at Grand Valley State University has interviewed six NASA astronauts how their travels to the heavens has impacted their religious perspective?

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Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park has hired a new Curator of Sculpture and Exhibitions. Dr. Jochen Wierich comes to Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park with an extensive curatorial background. 

“For me to be here and to actually be involved as a curator and kind of shape the sculpture program is just kind of a dream."

Dr. Wierich is known for his work at the historic Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art in Nashville, Tennessee. He tells us its footprint with its sculpture trail is similar to the Meijer Gardens experience.

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Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

Dr. Jochen Wierich comes to Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park with an extensive curatorial background. Dr. Wierich is known for his work at the historic Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art in Nashville, Tennessee. We talk with him about his vision for the future and what excites him about Frederik Meijer Gardens.

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U.S. Representative Justin Amash is leaving the Republican party. Thursday, in an Op-ed article published in the Washington Post, the Cascade Republican explains partisan politics is damaging American democracy.

Amash is the only Republican member of Congress to accuse President Donald Trump of impeachable conduct. Amash, who represents Michigan's 3rd Congressional district, attended the 85th annual Hollyhock Lane 4th of July Parade in Grand Rapids.

WGVU spoke with the Congressman about his decision to leave the GOP.

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Monday, July 1st marks the beginning of “Michigan Wildlife Conservation Month” as proclaimed by the state legislature and Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

July 1st has a special significance for wildlife conservation, 81-years ago the Pittman-Robertson Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act was implemented. The nation’s wildlife managed by funds generated through the sale of hunting equipment.

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Start Garden emphasizes assistance for minority-owned tech startups. The labor shortage is impacting Steelcase's sales growth. Why are there a relatively high number of storefront vacancies in Grand Rapids?

Movie Talk

Jun 21, 2019
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Ron VanTimmeren from Studio C stops in previewing Toy Story 4, Anna, Child's Play, Annabelle Comes Home, Pavarotti and Framing John DeLorean.

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Forbes has released its list of America’s Best Employers. Near the top of the Michigan rankings is Grand Valley State University.

In its first-ever list of America’s Best Employers, Forbes breaks it down by state. Among Michigan’s top 39 sits Grand Valley State University ranked #2. Coming in at #1 is University of Michigan Health System.

The Forbes top 10 rounds out with Microsoft at #3 followed by Ford Motor, FedEx, Darden Restaurants, Henry Ford Health System, Pfizer, Arconic and Kellogg.

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Unemployment across West Michigan remains low with skilled labor in high demand. Today in Muskegon County, nearly 60 employers are participating in the 8th Annual Muskegon Veterans Job Fair.

When the Muskegon Veterans Jobs Fair began in 2012 the unemployment rate there was hovering around 10 percent.

“We had people lined out into the parking lot.”

That’s the event’s founder, former State Rep. Holly Hughes.

“People were looking for work. And now that’s totally changed, now work’s looking for people.”

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