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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Understanding the cost and effort cleaning up Michigan's PFAS groundwater contamination. 

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Retired four-star General Wesley Clark visited Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies where he spoke about overcoming the polarization in American politics.

“What you find is that politics is more about the heart than it is about the head.”

In 2004, retired four-star General Wesley Clark ran as a Democratic presidential candidate. Clark explains the emotional reaction to politics is widening and the media covers the conflict.

Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University

The West Michigan economy got off to a slow start in the New Year with January figures considered flat. In February, the trend returned to the decade-long pattern of slow growth since the recovery began from the Great Recession. WGVU looks at the data from the most recent Supply Management Research survey.

Following an uninspiring January, Brian G. Long, director of Supply Management Research at the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University, explains the West Michigan economy showed a rebound.

The 2020 general election is 86 weeks away. While it may seem early, a statewide poll released Friday takes the temperature of likely Michigan voters. What do they think of President Donald Trump and the job that he's done so far in the White House? How will they vote in 2020?

Lansing-based EPIC-MRA surveyed 600 likely Michigan voters earlier this month; 43% consider themselves Democrats, 42% Republican and 12% Independent.

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The 20th West Michigan Automotive Suppliers Symposium hosted by Grand Valley State University's Van Andel Global Trade Center attracted industry experts revealing future trends and forecasts with one analyst providing his 2019 outlook.

The automotive industry’s future is mobility as a service, the global growth of vehicle electrification.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer proposes a 45-cent a gallon gas hike to fund road repairs and the legal questions for recreational marijuana entrepreneurs.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer was in West Michigan Wednesday kicking off her “Road to Opportunity Tour.” In her state budget proposal released this week it includes raising $2.5 billion dollars over 10-years to fix the state’s roads. One revenue stream is a 45-cents-a-gallon fuel tax hike. WGVU’s caught up with Governor Whitmer at the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce.

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Marcy Wheeler, a Grand Rapids-based independent journalist specializing in national security writing for She's has been following legal aspects of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s meddling into the 2016 Presidential Election. We talk with her about that and what she learned from President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, and his testimony to the House Oversight Committee. 

Michael Cohen, House Oversight Committee testimony

Wednesday, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney appeared before the House Oversight Committee providing details about what he knows about ongoing investigations into the President. What new details were revealed? WGVU spoke with a national investigative reporter following the case.

“A lot of people have asked me about whether Mr. Trump knew about the release of the hacked documents, the National Democratic National Committee email, ahead of time…and the answer is yes.”

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Samantha Fuentes

A survivor of the 2018 shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School visited Grand Valley State University speaking about gun violence and school safety.

Samantha Fuentes recalls Valentine’s Day 2018 when 19-year old Nicholas Cruz shot and killed 17 of her Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School classmates using an AR-15 style rifle. She remembers scrambling for cover when Cruz sprayed her classroom with a shower of bullets. She was hit in the legs and still has shrapnel lodged behind her right eye.