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.

Movie Talk

Mar 24, 2017
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This week's Movie Talk with Ron Van Timmeren from Celebration Cinema! previews sci-fi thriller Life along with two comedies, CHIPS and Wilson. We also discuss the success of Disney's remake of Beauty and the Beast.

WGVU talks with FRONTLINE correspondent Ramita Navai. In her documentary Iraq Uncovered she describes her dangerous and revealing journey inside the war-torn country she investigates allegations of abuse of Sunni Muslim civilians by powerful Shia militias. You can watch FRONTLINE: Iraq Uncovered by logging on at

Magda Brown

As a child, Magda Brown was sent to Poland’s Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Separated from her family, she would later escape. As a part of Women’s History Month, Grand Valley State University invited the 89-year old to tell her story. As a Holocaust survivor, she has a mission in life. “You know, genocide doesn’t happen from one minute to the next. It builds gradually.”

A Hungarian Jew, Magda Brown will never forget her 17th birthday in 1944. It was the day when she and her family were herded into a boxcar headed for the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

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The International Baccalaureate Schools of Michigan recently held its Spring Symposium at Grand Valley State University’s Eberhard Center. WGVU asked about the IB program and if the new U.S. Department of Education secretary supports its standards?

The mission statement of the International Baccalaureate programme is “better world through education.” Its essence is to become a lifelong learner.


Dubbed the largest, most advanced data center campus in the eastern United States, the former Gaines Township Steelcase Pyramid has been transformed into the Switch Pyramid data center and it’s now open for business.

The first phase of the renovation is complete at the Switch Pyramid in Gaines Township providing 225,000 square feet of data center space. Over the next 10 years the build out will deliver a 1.8 million-square-foot data center campus.

The auto industry has experienced a great run of increased production and much improved sales since the Great Recession. What is the current state of the industry? WGVU visited Grand Valley State University’s Pew Grand Rapids Campus to find out.

West Michigan’s economy returned to double-digit growth in February. That’s the word from the latest Supply Management Research survey. WGVU breaks down the number and the impacts of a post-election rally.

Found within the Supply Management Research survey is the Small Business Optimism Index and it indicates there’s been a positive reaction to President Donald Trump.

California Closets

California Closets is expanding its manufacturing footprint serving the Eastern United States by investing in a new West Michigan facility. That means more manufacturing jobs are coming to the area.

Two years ago, California Closets opened a manufacturing facility in Phoenix, Arizona to help satisfy the demand for its closet design and storage products in the Western United States.

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We discuss how the new U.S. Department of Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, separates family business interests from her federal government function. Also, Blue Cross Blue Shield is proposing lower rates for small businesses.

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ArtPrize recently released the results from its 2016 Cultural, Social and Economic Impact report and 8th Annual ArtPrize. 

ArtPrize organizers say over the 19-day event in 2016 drew a half million visitors to downtown Grand Rapids.

Lansing-based economics research and consulting firm, Anderson Economic Group, conducted surveys indicating visitors represented all 50 states and arrived from 47 countries. The data shows visitors are traveling greater distances to ArtPrize venues. The impact study reveals “63% of visitors traveling more than 30 miles to attend the event.”