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.

WGVU is airing FRONTLINE's two-part series Putin's Revenge Wednesday, October 25th and Wednesday, November 1st @ 10 PM. We talk with writer and producer Mark Wiser about Putin's Revenge: Part 1.

A Celebration of Life funeral service was held for philanthropist Helen DeVos Tuesday at Grand Rapids’ LaGrave Avenue Christian Reformed Church with a simulcast at the J.W. Marriott. 

“This service is an expression of her faith. Her fingerprints are all over that program in front of you.”

Reverend Dr. Stanley Mast made it known Helen DeVos selected the music, scripture and musicians.

“Receive this service as a gift from Helen.”

About 900 refugees are expected to settle in west Michigan this year. The School News Network is telling the stories of refugee students.

As a child, Binti Abdi survived a civil war in east Africa, fleeing on foot with her family to Somalia before starting over in the United States. Now she’s celebrating another big achievement.

The funeral of Grand Rapids philanthropist Helen DeVos is a private service. However, at 2 o’clock this afternoon the J.W. Marriott is offering a simulcast.

Yesterday at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel during a public Celebration of Life honoring Mrs. DeVos hundreds gathered expressing their condolences. WGVU was there.

Grand Rapids philanthropist Helen DeVos died October 18th at age 90. She was the wife of Amway co-founder Rich DeVos. WGVU explores her philanthropic spirit and its lasting impact.

“It’s really the loss of a philanthropic icon for Grand Rapids.”

Kyle Caldwell is executive director of the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University. He does his best to describe the philanthropic impact Helen DeVos had on the region.

On 1,100 acres in Ionia County, Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch raises millions of hens and, it’s about to raise even more with a multi-million dollar expansion.

Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch in Ionia County raises more than nine million egg laying hens and with an investment of more than $16 million it intends to raise another 2.5 million young hens constructing three cage-free pullet-rearing facilities which the ranch says will take about three years to complete.

Herbruck’s currently employs 850 workers at the family-owned farm and with the expansion will add another 33 employees.

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President Gerald R. Ford is being honored at the airport bearing his name with an exhibition room celebrating the nation’s 38th President. WGVU was on hand for the ribbon cutting and dedication.

In 1999 the Kent County International Airport was renamed the Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

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As the state continues positioning itself as the nation’s leader in autonomous product development Michigan universities, including Grand Valley State University, are partnering in research and training.

There are less than a dozen Automated Vehicle Proving Grounds in the United States. In southeast Michigan, the U.S. Department of Transportation recognizes PlanetM as part of the American Center for Mobility. It’s a nonprofit testing ground.

PlanetM is the hub where the state believes public/private partnerships will provide innovation for the self-driving car industry.

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Two West Michigan State Representatives are asking residents impacted by water contamination in Northern Kent County to access new websites providing updated information.

State Representatives Chris Afendoulis whose district includes Plainfield Township and Rob VerHeulen, whose district includes Rockford, are following developments on Wolverine World Wide’s House Street Disposal site and ground water contamination discovered there. The representatives have issued a joint statement assuring their top priority is the health and safety of affected residents.

West Michigan’s economy continued its positive growth pattern in September. WGVU breaks down the numbers in the recent Supply Management Research survey.

“This trend has continued through September and it appears right now to probably continue through the fall and possibly even into the next year.” That’s Brian G. Long, director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University. He explains there are two areas of strength. The first is a rebound in auto sales both new and used.