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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Gerald R. Ford International Airport

The Thanksgiving holiday week is one of the busiest travel periods of the year. As Michiganders were making their getaway plans, it was announced the Gerald R. Ford International Airport will millions of dollars for improvements.

There are more than 3,300 airports operating across the United States. Back in September, The U.S. Department of Transportation announced it was releasing the sixth allotment of its $3.18 billion from the Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program. In all, $157 million dedicated as infrastructure grants distributed to 34 airports.

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The financial impacts of Lake Michigan erosion. A national study investigates physician burnout and how one health insurer is addressing the opioid crisis.

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Enhanced 9-1-1 service is now available to Allegan County residents.

When an emergency is reported to a 9-1-1 call center using a cellphone, it doesn’t assign an address for dispatchers. Registering a phone and a Safety Profile with Smart911 can increase response time.

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The Grand River Waterway Project designed to restore navigability from Grand Rapids to Grand Haven has been put on hold.

In 2017, the state of Michigan conducted a survey of the Grand River concluding 22.5 of the 40 mile stretch from Grand Rapids to Grand Haven could be buoyed for motor boat traffic. While nearly 16 miles of the proposed 22.5-mile project will remain natural, there are portions where dredging a 50-foot wide, 7-foot deep waterway are necessary at an estimated cost of just over $2 million.

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The Grand Valley State University Fieldhouse served as the backdrop for the investiture ceremony. More than 200 faculty and staff members joined students for the inauguration of Dr. Philomena V. Mantella. Presidents Emeritus Arend D. Lubbers, Mark Murray and Thomas J. Haas offered remarks.

Dr. Mantella is the university’s fifth president and first woman to serve as its leader in its 60-year history. In her 20-plus minute address, Mantella made clear her vision for the future.

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The site of the former Studio 28 in Wyoming will soon be transformed into more than 200 apartments.

The Studio 28 movie theater located on Wyoming’s 28th Street has been dormant since 2008. Soon, the 7-acre site will be transformed with the construction of six buildings including 97one-bedroom and 129 two-bedroom apartments.


On Tuesday, November 12th, WGVU Public Television presents FRONTLINE's Kids Caught in the Crackdown: exposing the traumatic stories of migrant children detained under Trump’s immigration policies. An investigation from directors Daffodil Altan and Andrés Cedil in collaboration with The Associated Press, Kids Caught in the Crackdown delves into the widespread consequences – and business – of the mass confinement of migrant children. WGVU talk with director Daffodil Altan.

Movie Talk

Nov 8, 2019
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Eric Kuiper from Studio C stops in previewing Doctor Sleep, Midway, Last Christmas, Playing with Fire and Jojo Rabbit.

Also, the documentary Strange Negotiations is showing at Studio Park Friday, November 8th and Saturday, November 9th at 6pm. We talk with filmmaker Brandon Vedder.

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

The October Institute for Supply Management Research survey has been released indicating the local economy will continue a marginal growth pattern after weathering the General Motors strike.

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Pine Rest

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services opened its Psychiatric Urgent Care Center six months ago. How is this new service addressing mental health care?

Pine Rest opened its Psychiatric Urgent Care Center in April. It’s designed to meet patients with acute needs providing assessment and treatment for symptoms including depression, anxiety, panic attacks, disturbing or suicidal thoughts, grief and substance use disorders.