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Mark Sanchez
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Despite gains made by early-stage startups, MiBiz senior writer Mark Sanchez takes a closer look at funding gaps making it difficult for these startups to find capital.

Coco brings the Land Of The Dead to life

Nov 22, 2017

Disney/PIXAR's Coco opens, celebrating Mexican mythology and music in a critically acclaimed family picture.  Denzel Washington returns as Roman J. Israel, ESQ.  And Lady Bird opens in western Michigan, one of the most anticipated directorial debuts in cinema by Greta Gerwig.  Plus, Dickens Christmas Carol is celebrated in The Man Who Invented Christmas.  WGVU talks with Ron Van Timmeran from Celebration Cinema.

Mark Sanchez
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State and local governments debate who should regulate short-term rental properties. Also, a new survey indicates a strong M&A market.

Christian McBride returns to St. Cecilia with new trio

Nov 14, 2017

Christian McBride brings his new trio Tip City to Grand Rapids, for a performance at St. Cecilia Music Center.  WGVU's Scott Vander Werf spoke with the jazz master and has this feature interview.

WGVU honors our nation’s veterans this weekend paying tribute to South Haven’s Specialist Five James C. McCloughan. Specialist Five McCloughan served as a medic in the Vietnam War, saving 10 American lives over a 48 hour period and tending to countless others. He is the first Medal of Honor recipient under President Donald Trump. Sunday, November 12th at 10 AM WGVU Public Television airs Veterans Stories: West Michigan Medal of Honor Recipient Specialist Five James C. McCloughan.

Movie Talk

Nov 10, 2017
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Ron Van Timmeren from Celebration! Cinama previews movies opening across west Michigan this weekend including Thank You for Your Service, Daddy's Home 2 and Murder on the Orient Express.


In his new book Arthur Vandenberg: The Man in the Middle of the American Century, author Hank Meijer explores the life of the Grand Rapids republican who passed away nearly 70 years ago.

Meijer shares with readers Vandenberg's political savvy and his ability to forge foreign policy with democrats creating NATO and the United Nations.

What can today's political leaders learn from Senator Vandenberg? Meijer explains it's about bipartisan engagement and an openness to a large number of groups.


Today on Gifts for the Greater Good: Philanthropy in West Michigan the story of a new approach for hope and healing individuals facing mental health challenges. Nonprofit Journey’s Dream hosted a fundraising event this past weekend at Chicago’s Soldier Field is raising awareness and dollars funding what it calls “a portal to a world of mental health solutions.” 

Journey’s Dream co-founders are Illinois resident and businessman Mark Hattas diagnosed with a mental illness and Mitzi Montague-Bauer, the mother of Journey Montague-Bauer.

Thor: Ragnarok opens to critical acclaim

Nov 3, 2017

Thor: Ragnarok opens in theaters, bringing the Marvel universe back to the big screen.  Plus, A Bad Moms Christmas and LBJ also open in western Michigan, along with a new slate of indie movies.  WGVU talks with Ron Van Timmeran and Eric Kuiper from Celebration Cinema.

Suburbicon starring Matt Damon opens in theaters

Oct 27, 2017

Suburbicon is a new movie directed by George Clooney that stars Matt Damon and Julianne Moore, from a script by the Coen brothers, opening today.  Also, the Saw movies return with Jigsaw.  That and more from WGVU and Ron Van Timmeran from Celebration Cinema.