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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WGVU continues previewing the field of four Republicans running in Michigan’s 73rd House district.

“My name is Ken Fortier and I’m running for state representative in the 73rd district.”

Fortier is one of three Republicans running in the August primary.

"I’ve never done anything in politics before. I’ve been a small business owner for most of my life. My number one priority is helping kids in schools be able to read and connect with their communities. Please check out for more details. Thank you so much.”

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Michigan’s 73rd House district primary includes four Republicans running for a spot on the November ballot. Republican Robert Regan has experience as a small business owner, author and family man. His campaign theme is “Honest, Effective Government… for a Change.”

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Democrat Dana Knight ran in the 2016 General Election for Michigan House of Representatives in the 77th District. She lost to now state representative Tommy Brann. Knight is challenging again in the 77th District Democratic primary.

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Small business owner Tommy Brann is the Republican incumbent serving Michigan’s 77th House District. He’s on the House Appropriations Committee chairing the Licensing and Regulatory Affairs/Insurance and Financial Services subcommittee. He believes in lowering tax rates and increasing law enforcement funding keeping neighborhoods safe.

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Republican Steven Johnson is the incumbent House Representative in Michigan’s 72nd District. He chairs the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules. He is also a member of the House Energy, Military and Veterans Affairs, Oversight and Tax Policy committees.

“I am the clear conservative choice in this race. I am the only candidate endorsed by Michigan Right to Life and have consistently stood for lower taxes and less regulations fighting for our conservative values. I have been a strong voice against the special interests in Lansing and standing up for lower insurance rates.”

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Spectrum Health

Spectrum Health introduced its next President and Chief Executive Officer. WGVU spoke with Tina Freese Decker.

“I am so proud of everyone that works at Spectrum Health and all of our partners. So, it’s an honor to be able to lead this organization.”

Rendering of the affordable housing in Belknap Lookout neighborhood.
GVSU University Communications

More affordable housing is coming to Grand Rapids and the Belknap Lookout neighborhood. Grand Valley State University and the City of Grand Rapids are working on a Memorandum of Understanding with neighborhood representatives.

Grand Valley State University will lease .85 acres of its Grand Rapids health campus to Three CPK, a joint venture of Third Coast Development and PK Housing.

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Libertarian Party of Michigan

Michigan’s Libertarian gubernatorial candidates squared off last night during a debate held at Grand Valley State University’s Seidman College of Business in downtown Grand Rapids. WGVU spoke with the candidates.

John Tatar has been an active member of the Libertarian Party for nearly four decades. The 69-year old is a small business owner and served in the U.S. army. Tatar has also run for State Representative and U.S. Congress. Now, he’s running for governor. His message to Michigan voters?

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Degage Ministries

Grand Rapids' St. Cecilia Music Center recently hosted a talent show called Talent from the Heart.

The performers call the city's Heartside community home. We introduce you to Degage Ministries and some of its patrons who took to the stage in the 500-seat auditorium.

Here these homeless and disadvantaged men and women shared their talents and built confidence. They opened ears and eyes and perhaps, a door of opportunity.

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

“Solid growth” is the term best used to describe West Michigan’s economy for the month of June. Some of the lowest unemployment in the state can be found in the region. But heading into July the folks at Supply Management Research will be keeping a close watch on a growing tariff war and how it may be impacting local industries.