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.


Monday, April 15th at 9:00pm on WGVU Public Television, PBS FRONTLINE explores the human cost of deportation in the film Marcos Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. WGVU talks with its filmmaker.

“Marcos, Elizabeth’s husband, having been deported from the United States in 2010, he’s an undocumented Mexican and he’s somebody that has had a misdemeanor record. He gets stopped at a yellow light and she’s a Marine war hero who’s very patriotic to the country.”

Feyen Zylstra workers
Feyen Zylstra

Walker-based electrical services and technology firm Feyen Zylstra is expanding and adding 100 jobs.

Feyen Zylstra opened its doors in Grand Rapids in 1980. Over its 39-year history the focus on electrical services has evolved and more recently added its expertise in industrial technology. It’s a space known as Industry 4.0. This is where Feyen Zylstra assists manufacturers with streamlining automation, connectivity and data collection.

John Gordon Sr. formal desk portrait
Gordon Food Service

John Gordon Sr. who, along with his brother Paul, transformed Grand Rapids-based Gordon Food Service into a multi-national leader in food service distribution has died after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

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

Ten years ago the recovery from the Great Recession officially began. For the West Michigan economy it’s been a decade-long pattern of slow growth. The March Supply Management survey indicates the pattern holds true with confidence beginning to slip.

The Institute for Supply Management Research surveys 70 purchasing managers from the Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo area. In March, their optimism in the economy began to fade.

Tamara Keith, NPR White House correspondent photo

NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith is in Grand Rapids covering President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign rally at Van Andel Arena.

Keith visited the WGVU studios where we asked her if Trump campaign rallies have a format and what she expects to hear from the president?

Thomas Jefferson portrait
Wikimedia Commons

Thomas Jefferson was one of the nation's founding fathers and was also a slave owner. DNA testing suggests he fathered children with slave, Sally Hemings.

Earlier this years, Grand Valley's Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies and the university's Division of Inclusion and Equity hosted historians Annette Gordon-Reed, from Harvard University, and Peter S. Onuf, retired from the University of Virginia discussing Jefferson, Slavery, and the Moral Imagination.

Justin Amash U.S. House of Representatives photo

Special counsel Robert Mueller did not find evidence that President Donald Trump's campaign "conspired or coordinated" with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election. West Michigan’s U.S. Congressional leaders are offering their perspective on the findings.

TrueNorth food truck photo
TrueNorth Community Services

Newaygo County social support service organizations are working with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Three MBA students have travelled from Boston to Newaygo County where they’ll be working to better understand the drivers of poverty there. In particular, they’re studying the impacts of government benefits and inadequate child care.

Rural communities like Newaygo County face specific childcare challenges.

“I think in general it can be broken down into two buckets.”

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

General Wesley Clark photo

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.