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.

NPR Morning Edition has been examining Five Big Themes influencing the upcoming presidential election. WGVU has been exploring those themes locally - from voter mood, the middle-class squeeze and the economy. Today, how a two-term president’s approval rating plays into the election process.

During the modern era, only one president succeeded a two-term president of his own party. It’s a rare feat, but President Barack Obama’s approval numbers are inching closer to 50 percent.  WGVU talks with two Michigan political pollsters for their take.

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  Major Midwest bank mergers include Chemical Financial and Huntington Bank and Michigan's maturing venture capital market.   

This week NPR’s Morning Edition is taking the pulse of the American electorate heading into the Iowa Caucuses. It’s examining Five Big Themes this week. WGVU is exploring the same themes closer to home.

Monday, we spoke with voters about their mood. Tuesday, we met with families experiencing the middle-class squeeze. Today, it’s the economy. WGVU spoke with a West Michigan investor and an economist about what the financial state of the nation is telling them.

The Iowa Caucuses are now less than one week away. This week, NPR’s Mara Liasson is gauging the nation’s mood. How are voters feeling about the upcoming presidential election? How are real incomes, economic mobility and government policy impacting West Michigan families? WGVU talks with area voters, the moms and dads experiencing the middle-class squeeze.

Seated on his lap, Ryan Vandermeer is teaching his 4-year old son how to read at Grand Rapids downtown library.

As the nation looks forward to the start of the primary season and the Iowa Caucuses one week from today we’ve heard from NPR’s Mara Liasson this morning taking the pulse of the American electorate. What is the voter mood here in West Michigan?

WGVU caught up with some Republicans and Democrats at a Grand Rapids coffee shop to find out.

The Bitter End is a popular Westside Grand Rapids coffee house.

It’s eclectic, rich dark wood walls with an array of framed paintings and photos, a burgundy tin ceiling, brass coat hangers at every table.

A 160-year old international company opens a state-of-the-art innovation center in Grand Rapids

Hutchinson’s world headquarters is located just outside Paris, France. Its first location in the United States is Grand Rapids. The automotive, aerospace and defense manufacturer employs 300 people at its 30-acre campus at 460 Fuller Avenue.

This is where Hutchinson has opened its first North American Innovation Center.

The Gerald R. Ford International Airport set a new record for passengers flying in and out of West Michigan.

The number of people departing and arriving at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in 2015 was more than 2.5 million. That travel volume shattered the old record by more than 215,000 passengers. A not-so-old record set in 2014.

GFIA tells us that’s an increase of 9.2 percent. It’s a reflection of growing air traffic at the Cascade Township airport where over the past three years 7.1 million travellers have been served.

WGVU Public Media will broadcast live Ralph Hauenstein: A Celebration of Life, The funeral will air on WGVU Life 35.2/52.2, WGVU 88.5/95.3 FM, and via the WGVU website tomorrow from 10 – 11 AM.

WGVU-FM talks with Gelaves Whitney, the Director of Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies. Whitney spent more than a decade with Ralph Hauenstein both personally and professionally.

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  GVSU study finds health care expenditures vary greatly across West Michigan and the availability of capital soars as banks compete for deals and new alternatives emerge.

Tuesday night in the House Chambers, President Barack Obama will give his final State of the Union Address. Coverage begins on WGVU at 9:00. City of Wyoming’s Department of Public Safety, James Carmody will be in the balcony as a guest of Zeeland Congressman, Bill Huizenga.

WGVU spoke with Chief Carmody this afternoon.