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.

A Republican legislative leader is running to be Michigan's next attorney general.

House Speaker Tom Leonard announced his candidacy Thursday, saying he will "make Michigan stronger and safer."

He's the second Republican to enter the race, joining state Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker. Republicans and Democrats will choose their attorney general candidates at conventions next summer.

The 36-year-old Leonard has led the House since January and is in his final House term due to term limits. He previously worked as an assistant prosecutor in Genesee County.

A third Democrat is running for an open, Republican-leaning congressional seat in the Detroit suburbs.

Dan Haberman of Birmingham is a lawyer who runs a business that provides private office space and virtual office services. He announced his candidacy Thursday for the 11th Congressional District, joining Haley Stevens and Fayrouz Saad in the Democratic field.

Second-term Republican Rep. Dave Trott isn't seeking re-election.

Republican candidates include businesswoman Lena Epstein and Rocky Raczkowski, an Army veteran and former state lawmaker.

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Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park celebrated its $115 million expansion project with a groundbreaking/kickoff.

A Prairie Fire Crabapple Tree ceremoniously extracted from the Meijer Gardens site where the new 60,000 square foot LEED certified Welcome Center will be constructed.

Twenty-two years ago when the gardens and sculpture park opened its 940 square feet admissions space was designed to greet 200,000 visitors a year. Since then the number of annual guests has more than tripled.

October 4th at 10 o’clock only on WGVU Public Television FRONTLINE presents North Korea’s Deadly Dictator. WGVU’ spoke with producer, Jane McMullen.

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West Michigan employers tackle tech talent shortage and look for new ways to get a handle on health benefit costs.

The core values of the U.S. Presidency have come into question in recent months and have been hotly debated by President Donald Trump supporters and his critics. Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies tackled the topic of “Character and the Presidency” last night with best-selling author, Ronald White, who has written a number of books on American presidents including “American Ulysses.” He was joined by New York Times columnist and NPR and PBS News Hour commentator David Brooks.

Wednesday, October 4th at 10PM WGVU-TV is airing the FRONTLINE film North Korea's Deadly Dictator.

We talk with its producer, Jane McMullen" about what North Korean leader Kim Jong-un wants, his worldview and his chemical and nuclear capabilities.

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A bi-partisan bill addressing the need for increasing dental care to rural and low-income communities will be taken up on the Michigan Senate floor this week. With roughly one-third of Michigan residents lacking dental insurance the Senate bill allows for a new classification of dentist serving areas short of much needed care.

The Michigan Council for Maternal and Child Health says in 2015, roughly one-third of Michiganians were without dental insurance and that leads to people not receiving preventative dental care. / Kent County

Kent County is introducing a new program this weekend intended to improve outcomes for foster care children. This Kent County private/public partnership will change how foster care services are delivered.

The pilot program is called West Michigan Partnership for Children or WMPC. It will link local childcare agencies like Bethany Christian Services, Catholic Charities West Michigan, D.A. Blodgett/St. John’s, Samaritas, and Wellspring Lutheran Services with county services Network 180, the 17th Circuit Court and the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services.

Michigan’s Attorney General has filed a class action lawsuit against West Michigan’s Family Fitness.

In 2017 alone, Michigan’s Attorney General has received 286 consumer complaints involving the West Michigan-based Family Fitness.