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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Kent County parks generate more than $30 million in annual economic activity. That’s one of a number of findings revealed in an economic impact study conducted by Grand Valley State University’s Seidman College of Business and Kent County Parks.

Dr. Philomena V. Mantella portrait

In the future, new jobs will emerge and changing – and in some cases – be eliminated due to new technologies. Grand Valley State University president, Dr. Philomena Mantella, explained how higher education must evolve and meet the demand during Thursday morning’s Peter Secchia Breakfast Lecture.

“We expect students to come in at 18-years old and at 22-years old they leave and they’re set for a lifetime of change. It’s not going to work in the future that we have ahead.”

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National Weather Service survey teams investing a possible tornado in Ada, Lowell and Lake Odessa have determined damage there was produced by straight-line winds of 70 to 80 miles per hour.

In Grand Rapids’ Belknap Neighborhood, a tornado has not been ruled out. That’s where WGVU’s Patrick Center assessed damage from 100 mile per hour winds.

“They were calling them gustnados. So, I don’t know if it was quite a tornado, but the winds were something I’d never seen before.”

“I’m Sidney Jones and I live in one of the houses that got destroyed.”

2019 West Michigan Community Day of Remembrance and Scout Salute photo
Patrick Center

The 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks was commemorated Wednesday at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum hosting its Community Day of Remembrance. WGVU was there.

“First row, too. Left face.”

When you’re saluting, what are you thinking about?

“All the people who died on 9/11. All the firefighters and police.”

Saluting the flag is Connor Kelley is a 13-year old Boy Scout with troop 283 out of Belmont.

“Forward march.”

I ask Connor how many times he’s saluted today?

“Probably about 10.”


Tuesday, September 10th at 10pm, WGVU Public Television will air FRONTLINE: Flint’s Deadly Water exposing the unreported, true toll of the Flint water crisis — and how government officials failed to stop it.

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

The July Supply Management Research survey indicated the trade war with China and its tariffs slowed new orders coming in to West Michigan manufacturers.The recently released August survey presents a swing to marginal growth.

“Well, last month we were a little bit worried because we posted some of the most negative numbers that we’ve posted in a long time. But this month, those numbers came back to, what I guess I would say is, a flat report.”

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

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A recent state-wide poll indicates Michigan voters prefer any road funding budget not come at the expense of education and teacher retirement pensions.

As Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the state legislature negotiate increasing road and bridge repair funding, a survey by Lansing-based EPIC-MRA indicates 77 percent of Michigan voters say it’s important teachers and their retirement pensions be protected from any budget deal.

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Kent County

The Kent County Department of Public Works is planning the construction of a Sustainable Business Park that would house multiple recycling companies. It recently received a $95,000 site readiness grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

WGVU spoke with Dar Baas, Director of the Kent County Department of Public Works, about how that money will be used.

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How is the Business Roundtable's revised corporate purpose statement being received by industry leaders and economists? Also, addressing the groundwater issues in Ottawa County and lack of affordable housing in Holland.  

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Populism and isolationism are on the rise around the world. A New York Times best-selling author and historian visited Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies explain the value of international alliances in 21st Century foreign policy and politics.

Sunday commemorated the 80th anniversary of Germany’s invasion of Poland marking the beginning of World War II. Confronting the Axis powers, 30 countries formed the Western Alliance.