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.

cironline.org

Tuesday, January 23rd at 9PM WGVU Public Television and FRONTLINE present Exodus: The Journey Continues. This is a close-up and personal look at global migration and European refugee crisis. WGVU spoke with the film’s director.

“Now when they arrive they’re met and put into refugee camps that look a hell of a lot like prison camps.”

James Bluemel is director of FRONTLINE’s Exodus: The Journey Continues.

Michigan voters will elect a new governor this year. As a lead up to the Republican primary the parties candidates are planning town hall forums. The first is planned for next week in Grand Rapids.

Republican gubernatorial candidates Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, state Senator Patrick Colbeck and Dr. Jim Hines will take questions from voters next week in Grand Rapids.

It’s the first in a series of town hall forums planned for January and February.

Patrick Center / WGVU

A Barry County man claims a fragment of the meteor that penetrated the earth’s atmosphere over Michigan this week – the one with the sonic boom causing an earthquake registering 2.0 on the Richter scale – came down over his head just outside Hastings. WGVU made the drive and trekked the fields in search of its remains.

“Uh, uh…who’d of…50 yards from where it hits and seeing it!”

Stacy Garrison was pulling into his driveway around 8:10 Tuesday evening.

hauensteincenter.org

The Civil War came to an end more than 150 years ago. Today, communities are debating the preservation or removal of Civil War monuments.

Christy S. Coleman is CEO of the American Civil War Museum. As a guest of Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies and its Division of Inclusion and Equity, Coleman presented “How Shall We Remember?”

“Around this conversation, this debate, about confederate statuary in particular, part of the challenge is that we have to unpack when they’re put up and why?”

cironline.org

January 16th at 10 o’clock, only on WGVU Public Television, FRONTLINE presents Rape on the Night Shift. As the #MeToo conversation spreads beyond the worlds of Hollywood, media and politics, Rape on the Night Shift reveals sexual abuse of female immigrant janitors. WGVU spoke with its producer.

“You can be in the middle of the city in the middle of the night and nobody knows where you are except for your supervisor who has all the keys and knows where all the cameras are.”

Andres Cediel is a producer for FRONTLINE and the investigative reporting program at U.C. Berkeley.

cironline.org

The #MeToo movement sparking a national dialogue about sexual abuse of women has lead to FRONTLINE updating its 2015 documentary "Rape on the Night Shift."

WGVU talks with Andres Cediel who is a producer for FRONTLINE and with the investigative reporting program at U.C. Berkeley about sexual abuse of janitor immigrant women.

city of Grand Rapids logo
Courtesy photo / grcity.us

The City of Grand Rapids recently released its 2017 economic development report. WGVU breaks down the numbers.

The City of Grand Rapids Economic Development Department reported 2017 activity for businesses utilizing City incentive programs and their benefits.

The economic development department number crunches say the programs generated $173 million in new private investment. The commitments created 835 jobs that, on average, paid a little more than $24 an hour.

By comparison 2015 and 2016 reported $200 million in new investment creating roughly 400 new jobs.

John Austin,

The world is experiencing a new industrial transformation. A new report by the Michigan Economic Center says the state is positioned to grow hundreds of businesses and tens of thousands of new jobs. WGVU talks with the report’s lead author about how Michigan can be a leader in emerging sectors.

“We benefited and helped lead one economic transformation, the great industrial economy.”

John Austin is Director of the Michigan Economic Center and lead author of a new report, “Jobs, Michigan, and Leadership in the Economy of Tomorrow”

Third Coast Development

A four-story, mixed-use affordable housing project is in the works for downtown Grand Rapids. Dirt is being moved near Grand Rapids Medical Mile. Along Michigan Street a number of homes have been demolished making room for Midtown CityZen; a four-story, 44-residential unit project offering affordable housing.

The 40,000 square foot development will also include space for a restaurant on its ground floor.

Mark Sanchez
Courtesy photo / LinkedIn.com

MiBiz senior writer Mark Sanchez focuses on mergers and acquisitions in 2018.

Pages