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 works of an award-winning illustrator and author go on display to the public beginning tomorrow at the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

WGVU previews the exhibition, The Art of Wordless Storytelling, with the man behind the pen and brush.

“How many of you are aware that there are wordless books?”

As David Weisner strolls the GRAM’s exhibition space he explains there’s a long picture book history. It’s storytelling that’s compelled Weisner since his days as an art student at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Brian G. Long, director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University
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The latest Institute for Supply Management survey indicates the local economy grew at a marginal rate in September.

Throughout the summer months the U.S.-China trade war and its tariffs slowed manufacturing and Brexit have weighed on the minds of local purchasing managers. Factor in the recent United Auto Workers strike with General Motors and it would stand to reason they’d have gloomier outlook in September.

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The Economic Club of Grand Rapids hosted a criminal justice reform forum at the J.W. Marriott. The focus on the business community’s role in improving public safety.

“About 70-percent of our team are re-entered citizens…we’ve got a murderer. We’ve got manslaughter and we have got sex offenders. Yes, everybody squirms in their seats. Those are the most loyal guys.”

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Tuesday, October 8, WGVU Public Television presents FRONTLINE's On the President’s Orders: a searing, on-the-ground look at President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly campaign against drug dealers and suspected drug users in the Philippines.

WGVU spoke with award-winning filmmaker James Jones, On the President's Orders is told with unprecedented access to police officials implicated in the killings, families of users, and others from both sides of the nation’s war on drugs.

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Grand Rapids has been named one of the best cities for senior to live Caring.com has released its list of Best and Worst Cities for Seniors list and Grand Rapids fairs well. The 2019 report ranks 302 cities. At the top of list are San Francisco, Fredericksburg, Washington D.C., Boston and Brooklyn. Grand Rapids is 171st among the senior-friendly cities.

Caring.com makes its determination based on health care, senior living and housing, community involvement, transportation, quality of life and affordability.

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Comstock Park Public Schools is offering new program called Flex Academy for high school students to catch up on credits, preparing them for what comes next -- careers or continued education.

After falling behind in his classes, 16-year-old Caleb Clark says he’s finally on a path to get his high school diploma and start a career in welding.

Caleb is enrolled in Comstock Park School District’s new Flex Academy, a hybrid high school designed to help students who are behind or who struggle in traditional classrooms.

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MiBiz Senior Writer Mark Sanchez discusses Michigan's e-cigarette flavor ban and its effects on vape manufacturers.

Also, Michigan recognizing demographic shifts in outdoor recreation and local healthcare proviers offering teletherapy service.

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PBS FRONTLINE kicks off its 38th season Tuesday, October 1st @ 10 o’clock on WGVU Public Television with the premier of The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia airing on the eve of the anniversary of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder.

WGVU’s Patrick Center spoke with veteran FRONTLINE filmmaker Martin Smith about his investigation into Mohammed bin Salman about his handling of dissent, and the murder of Khashoggi.

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A multi-million dollar grant will help address youth violence in Muskegon area schools through a grant focusing on mental health support.

The United States Department of Education has awarded 20 education systems with grant dollars aimed at preventing youth violence. The Muskegon Intermediate School District is one of them receiving $4.5 million dollars. It will use the money for strengthening its Project Safe: A MYalliance Collaborative focusing on positive behaviors improving social, emotional and behavioral skills.

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In 2019, Amway began making changes to how its global Information Technology division will do business. Standardizing work, its contracting with two global vendors. That’s leading to the elimination of domestic and international positions.

Amway employs 16,000 workers worldwide. In all, 171 employees have been laid off this year across the state. That includes 47 this month in West Michigan. With 3,000 employees here, that’s 1% of the local workforce.

Amway says more local jobs will be impacted through 2020.

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