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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MiBiz senior writer, Mark Sanchez, talks with area business leaders discussing their views on what lies ahead for the West Michigan economy in 2018.

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WGVU continues honoring area Veterans. Today, we turn our attention to Veteran volunteers in Muskegon restoring a Vietnam era river patrol boat. It’s one of only 33 remaining PBR boats. We share with you the story of nonprofit Operation Black Sheep.

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As Michigan continues addressing the growing opioid epidemic, the state is adding another major retail pharmacy to its drug tracking system design to combat the opioid crisis.

“It’s very tragic in just how much this issue is literally ruining not only families, individuals but also communities.”

Kim Gaedeke is the Acting Deputy Director of Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. She explains that when it comes to opioid addiction there are two issues confronting society.

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America’s Tallest Singing Christmas Tree calls West Michigan home. Muskegon’s Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts hosted Mona Shores High School’s 33rd annual America's Tallest Singing Christmas Tree concert this year.

WGVU visited with the choir for a behind-the-scenes tour of a lakeshore holiday tradition.

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The U.S. House has passed the $1.5 trillion Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in a re-vote. West Michigan Congressional leaders explained they’re “yes” votes through social media.

“Hey, everybody it’s Bill Huizenga coming live from my office in Washington D.C.”

Via Facebook Live the Zeeland Republican explained his vote for tax reform was the right thing to do for the country.

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Grand Valley State University’s New Music Ensemble cracked NPR’s list of Top 100 Songs of 2017 with its song Glass Surface composed by Daniel Rhode.

What is it about the music drawing national praise?

We talk with Bill Ryan who is director of GVSU's New Music Ensemble.

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Today on Gifts for the Greater Good: Philanthropy in West Michigan the holiday season is upon us. It’s a time for religious celebrations. It’s a time to be with family and to remember those who are no longer with us.

Remembering the nation’s fallen heroes this time of year is the mission of local Blue Star Mothers who are presenting wreaths at their grave sites.

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Grand Valley State University’s New Music Ensemble cracked NPR’s list of Top 100 Songs of 2017 with its song Glass Surface composed by Daniel Rhode. What is it about the music drawing national praise? WGVU talks with one of its creators.

“Once the news spread to my students and then the composer of this song they really just, just totally flipped.” Bill Ryan is director of New Music Ensemble. He recalls receiving the web alert that its song Glass Surface had landed at number 88 on NPR’s list of Top 100 Songs of 2017.

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In a December of poll, 37% of registered Michigan voters give President Donald Trump a positive job approval rating while 61% rate his performance as just fair or poor.

The numbers are revealed in Lansing-based EPIC-MRA’s most recent survey. The polling of 600 registered Michigan voters conducted in mid-December provides polar opposite views when it comes to the direction the country and the state are heading.

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After a four year hiatus, Frontier Airlines has officially returned to the West Michigan market. A Frontier Airlines flight originating in Orlando, Florida landed at Gerald R. Ford International Airport Wednesday. It is one of four weekly nonstop flights to Orlando International Airport.

Next week Frontier will add three weekly nonstop flights to Fort Meyers, Florida. In early April the airline will extend four weekly nonstop departures to Denver.

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