Will is thrilled to be reporting and delivering the news for KUNR. An East Coast transplant, he's worked at NPR stations in Philadelphia, New York and most recently Connecticut. He's also interned at the NPR West Headquarters in Los Angeles where he learned from some of the network's best correspondents. Before joining the public radio airwaves, he studied English at a small liberal arts college and covered arts and culture for an alternative news weekly in Philadelphia.

He's particularly drawn to education, government and environmental reporting, but will jump on any story that gets him out into the field with a mic in hand. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, fish tacos and great American poetry.

Wayne Yoshioka is an award-winning journalist who has worked in television, print and radio in Hawaii.  He also has been on both sides of politics as a state departmental appointee and political/government reporter.   He covered Hurricane Iwa (1982) as a TV reporter; was the State Department of Defense/Civil Defense spokesperson for Hurricane Iniki (1992); and, commanded a public affairs detachment in Afghanistan (2006).  He has a master's degree in Communication from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and is a decorated combat veteran (Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and 22 other commendation/service medals).  He resides in Honolulu.

Education
5:45 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Ann Arbor Public Schools Set Tuition For Non-Resident Students

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

In lieu of state funds, Ann Arbor Public Schools will charge almost $15,000 tuition for some non-residents. The school board approved the maximum tuition the state allows for students that missed schools of choice enrollment or aren't eligible.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the tuition Ann Arbor Public Schools will charge some non-residents in the coming school year.

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Education
5:02 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

GCA Services Take Over Ann Arbor Public Schools Custodial Work

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

With the start of the new fiscal year GCA Services has taken over custodial work at Ann Arbor Public Schools.  The move comes one day after the school board re-affirmed it's commitment to a contract with the firm and outlined why a worker co-op plan couldn't be considered.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the Ann Arbor School Board re-affirming plans to outsource custodial work to GCA Services.

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Music
3:31 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

WEMU Announces Change To Evening Schedule

Jazz24 World Class Jazz
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Public radio station 89.1, WEMU has added the syndicated program Jazz 24 to its week night programming from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. Monday though Friday, replacing ‘Evening Sounds’ with Evelynn Hawkins which was canceled for budget reasons. Jazz 24 is also WEMU’s current overnight service.

 

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WEMU News
8:28 am
Tue July 1, 2014

EMU Student Running Cross-Country For Charity

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A 23 year-old Eastern Michigan University student is running across the country for charity.

Zachary James is trying to raise $15,000 for Compassion International by running from New York City to San Francisco.

He intends to run 33 miles a day, all while pushing a modified stroller containing food, water and other supplies.

James has spent the last two years training daily in preparation for his run.

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Michigan News
8:28 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Home-Aid Workers To Undergo Background Checks

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Background checks coming for home-aid workers, state can't exclude all felons

Michigan cannot ban all felons from being caregivers in the state's Medicaid in-home care program. That's according to state officials who outlined an upcoming background check system on Monday.

People convicted of patient abuse or neglect, health care fraud, or drug-related crimes will be barred from working with in-home Medicaid patients. But state officials say federal law prevents them from excluding people based on crimes that are not related to in-home care.

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The Green Room
8:14 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Sound Matters: Noise And Its Impacts

The soundboard at LIVE in Ann Arbor
Credit Barbara Lucas / 89.1 WEMU

Approximately 15 percent of Americans under age 70 have preventable noise-related hearing loss. New research is showing that seemingly benign levels of noise can have impacts, and the effects can go far beyond just hearing loss. In this month’s edition of 89.1 WEMU's “The Green Room,” Barbara Lucas explores sound in our environment and it’s potential effects. 

This month’s edition of 89.1 WEMU's “The Green Room,” Barbara Lucas explores sound in our environment and it’s potential effects.

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Michigan News
5:16 am
Mon June 30, 2014

New Michigan Law Allows Forced Treatment For Substance Abusers

A new Michigan allows families and health professionals to seek involuntary treatment for substance abusers.  The law was signed last week by Governor Rick Snyder. It  establishes a procedure under which a family member or health professional can petition a judge for the forced treatment. 

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Michigan News
4:41 am
Mon June 30, 2014

EMU Hosts Ypsilanti Camps For Kids With Autism

EMU's Autism Collaborative Center
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Eastern Michigan University will be introducing kids on the autism spectrum to pirates, dinosaurs and rocket ships this summer.   

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