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.

Milacron DME

A global leader in plastic technology and processing is making a multi-million dollar expansion at its Greenville manufacturing facility creating new jobs.

Cincinnati-based Milacron intends to consolidate its mold technology manufacturing and fabrication operations to its Greenville facility.

Peter Smith, Milacron DME President and General Manager says the company wants to build “a world-class facility in Greenville to support our growth plans.”

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After an extensive search, Grand Valley State University has appointed a new provost. Grand Valley State University selected Maria Cimitile to lead as provost and executive vice president for Academic and Student Affairs. She’s served at Grand Valley for nearly 20 years. Cimitile began her GVSU career in 1999 as an assistant professor in philosophy.

GVSU President Thomas J. Haas explains her appointment was based on “her responsibilities overseeing university curriculum and her experience with budgets, strategic planning, advising and diversity among her many strong suits.”

Michigan’s gubernatorial election is more than a year away, but the half-dozen or more candidates are traveling the state trying to earn your support. One of the democratic candidates visited Grand Rapids over the weekend.

Tonight at 10:00 on WGVU-HD PBS FRONTLINE asks the question: “What fish should I eat that’s good for me – and – good for the planet?” 

New York Times bestselling author, Paul Greenberg, travels the globe to answer this question in the FRONTLINE documentary The Fish on My Plate. WGVU’s Patrick Center talks with Greenberg about the genesis of the story. 

Movie Talk

Apr 21, 2017
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More than a dozen new movies opening this weekend in theaters across West Michigan. Celebration!  Cinema's Ron Van Timmeren stops by previewing Disney's Born in China, Katherine Heigl in Unforgettable and true-life drama, Lost City of Z just to name a few. / DonkeyHotey

Would Michigan voters support a graduated income tax? A number of Democratic state lawmakers want to know. They commissioned a poll to find out how a graduated state income tax proposal might fare on a future election ballot WGVU breaks down some of the findings.

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A new study breaks down the effectiveness of Michigan's Right to Work law. We also discuss how local businesses are tackling the opioid epidemic and the impact proposed White House budget cuts could have on West Michigan's medical research. / DonkeyHotey

The Michigan Municipal League is hosting public forums talking about the state’s system for funding municipalities that it believes is broken. The MML says mayors have consolidated services saving taxpayer dollars but more needs to be done.

During its Save MI City stop in Grand Rapids, WGVU spoke with the Michigan Municipal League about the fallout from the Great Recession and how decreases in revenue sharing are impacting cities across the state.

Kent County dispatch is offering a new, free service allowing residents to create personal and household profiles. Its information first responders say is crucial in an emergency situation. The Kent County Dispatch Authority explains how Smart911 improves response time and saves lives. Information is power.

The Grand Valley State University Lakers Track & Field teams travel throughout the country during the outdoor season giving student athletes the best chance to qualify for the NCAA Finals. We preview the GVSU Track & Field outdoor season.