Andrew Cluley

Reporter

 

Like many, I first came to this area when I started school at the University of Michigan, then fell in love with the community and haven’t left. After graduating from U of M in the mid 1990’s I interned at WDET for several years, while also working a variety of jobs in Ann Arbor. Then in 1999 I joined the WEMU news team.

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While working for WEMU I’ve covered the Ann Arbor City Council and School Board beats, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti City Council and School Boards and the Washtenaw County Commissioners. Not to mention pretty much everything else in the area. I really enjoy covering local news, partly because it’s so overlooked by other media outlets. In many ways what happens at city hall or in your community school has a bigger impact on your life than what’s going on in Lansing or Washington D-C. I get the chance to track down these important stories and bring them to you every day.

When I’m not at work I love to follow sports, particularly U of M, and Detroit’s professional teams. Saturdays in the fall you can count on me watching Michigan football…and Sundays I’m probably suffering through another Lions debacle.

I also enjoy running and am proud of finishing the 2006 Detroit Marathon. Would love to run another, but I’m holding off until I think I have a realistic chance to complete one in under four hours.

Thanks for listening to WEMU and finding out a little bit more about me.

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Community
5:21 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Judge Denies Injunction To Delay Scio Township Oil Well

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Washtenaw County Circuit Court Judge David Swartz has ruled against Citizens for Oil-Free Backyards request for a temporary injunction to prevent the drilling of an exploratory well in Scio township.  It's a victory for West Bay Exploration and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on a Washtenaw County judge rejected a request for injunction that would have delayed drilling for oil in Scio Township.

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Community
12:08 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Ann Arbor Asking If Properties Are Available To Become Parkland

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A pair of properties that developers have had a challenge in using could become Ann Arbor parks.  8 acres of Woods and brush separate U-S 23 from Ann Arbor's quiet Burton Road on the city's eastside. 

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports Ann Arbor is checking to see if a pair of properties might be available to become parkland.

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Election 2014
3:35 am
Wed July 23, 2014

12th U-S House Seat Candidate Ray Mullins Challenges Opponent Debbie Dingell To Debate

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Ray Mullins thinks America needs some people in congress who "give a damn about the poor and middle class."  The Ypsilanti Attorney faces Debbie Dingell in the Democratic primary for the 12th U-S House district. 

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on 12th U-S Congressional District Candidate Ray Mullins challenging Debbie Dingell to a debate.

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Community
3:26 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Ann Arbor Charter Amendments Heading To November Ballot

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Ann Arbor Voters will get the chance to once again create requirements to serve as an elected or appointed official in the city.  A pair of charter amendments will appear on the November ballot.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the Ann Arbor Charter Amendments voters will consider in November re-establishing requirements to hold elected and appointed office in the city.

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Community
4:19 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Ann Arbor's Materials Recovery Facility Could Serve As Model To Boost Recycling Across Michigan

Andrew Cluley 89.1 WEMU

Michigan's recycling rate falls well below the regional average. It stands at about 15-percent right now.   Governor Rick Snyder wants to double the rate in the next two years.  The head of the state's Department of Environmental Quality believes an Ann Arbor facility could play a role in boosting recycling across the state. 

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Director Dan Wyant's tour of Ann Arbor's Materials Recycling Facility.

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Community
5:00 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Ann Arbor Mayoral Candidates Share Thoughts On Economic Development

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Ann Arbor's Democratic mayoral primary is rapidly approaching on August 5th. Since incumbent Mayor John Hieftje isn't seeking re-election it offers the community a chance to chart a new course in a wide variety of areas.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the economic development plans for Ann Arbor's 4 candidates in the Democratic mayoral primary.

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Community
4:33 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair Celebrates 45th Anniversary With Focus On Artists

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One of Ann Arbor's four art fairs is marking its 45th anniversary this year.  It's not just the weather that officials with the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair are celebrating.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair celebrating artists as the event turns 45 years old.

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Community
4:32 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Community Television Network Continues Art Fair Tradition

Beyond a piece of art you bring home, mostly visitors are left with only memories of each year's Ann Arbor Art Fair. One booth has been recording those memories for years.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the CTN booth at the Ann Arbor Art Fair.

From little kids holding their parents hands to adults clutching some art on a stick, Courtney Kistler asks a simple question, "Hey wanna be on TV?"  Kistler is a production assistant with Community Television Network, or CTN.

She says people typically talk about what they like of the art fair or a new purchase, but it's a free open mic so she hears some interesting stories as well.  "We had a guy who was from India give a little bit of his life history and then he talked about himself in Hindi as well.  So that was pretty cool."

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Community
8:30 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Business Organization Shares Economic Development Wishes Ahead Of Ann Arbor's Mayoral Primary

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From attracting and retaining businesses to new construction projects, economic development is an important issue in every community.  Ann Arbor voters head to the polls August 5th and economic development will be among the issues voters consider when casting their ballot for one of the four Mayoral candidates. 

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on what the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber member businesses are looking for in terms of economic development assistance from Ann Arbor.

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Community
5:32 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Artists Reveal How They Make Their Work At The Ann Arbor Art Fair

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With about 1,000 artists on hand Ann Arbor's Art Fair gives visitors the chance to check out nearly as many unique art forms.  There also are several places where you can see artists at work.    

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Arts
5:30 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

H.C. Porter Brings The Mississippi Blues To Ann Arbor

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Blues fans and those that want a unique look at life in Mississippi need look no further than Ann Arbor's North University this week.  Vibrant colors pop out of the dark backgrounds, bringing to life the feeling of the blues and the south.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on artist H.C. Porter's blues inspired artwork at the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair.

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Community
5:31 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Mr B and Other Musicians Provide Art Fair Soundtrack

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At the Ann Arbor Art Fair, the pieces on display are a feast for the eyes.  They’re accompanied by all kinds of incredible music.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the music available at the Ann Arbor Art Fair.

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Community
5:21 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Art Fair Visitors Use Bus To Avoid Downtown Ann Arbor Parking Hassles

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Half a million visitors are expected for this year's Ann Arbor art fairs. Traffic tie ups and parking shortages are bound to follow. 89-one WEMU’s Andrew Cluley opted to use the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority’s Art Fair bus this year.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on his trip to the Ann Arbor Art fair on the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's bus from Briarwood Mall.

In less than ten minutes the art fair bus took me from free parking at Briarwood Mall to the edge of the Summer Art Fair on State Street.  The early morning bus was full with people enjoying the cooler than normal weather.

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Ann Arbor
4:57 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Ann Arbor Mayoral Candidates Share Thoughts On Affordable Housing And Homelessness

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Ann Arbor homeless advocates hope the large turnout at a mayoral forum on the issue will show it's a priority to voters.  If nothing else all four City Council members appearing on the democratic ballot for mayor pledged to commit financial and political capital to ending homelessness in the city by 2018.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Ann Arbor's mayoral forum focused on affordable housing and homeless issues.

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Community
3:41 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Ann Arbor Art Fair Kicks Off Wednesday

The Ann Arbor Art Fair
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Nearly 1,000 artists have come to Ann Arbor to sell their work in this year's Art Fair.  About a half million visitors are expected at the 30 block event that is made up of 4 separate art fairs.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley previews this year's Ann Arbor Art Fair.

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Education
3:40 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Eastern Michigan University Social Work Professor Honored For Lifetime Fighting For Social Justice

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An Eastern Michigan University professor has been honored for her efforts in social work.  The Michigan chapter of the National Association of Social Workers gave Marjorie Ziefert a Lifetime Achievement award.    

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Community
5:46 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Ann Arbor Planning Commission Master Plan Review Helps Sets Agenda

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The Ann Arbor Planning Commission is expected to set their work agenda for the year Tuesday night.  That's when they vote on the annual review of the master plan.    

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the Ann Arbor Planning Commission setting up their agenda for the year as they consider a review of the city's master plan.

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Community
8:28 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Ann Arbor Mayoral Candidates Differ On Spending Priorities

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For the first time in 14-years, Ann Arbor will soon have a new Mayor.   Whom voters elect will help determine the direction of the city's spending priorities.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley takes a look at what Ann Arbor community members want in terms of spending priorities from the next mayor and where the candidates stand.

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Community
5:34 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Townie Street Party Set To Kick Off Ann Arbor Art Fairs Week

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About a thousand artists and a half million visitors are expected in Ann Arbor for the city's four art fairs.  Before art takes over the city the 10th annual Townie Street Party is Monday night.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the Townie Street Party.

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Community
11:57 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Michigan Elvisfest Returns To Ypsilanti

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It may be 35 years since his death, but Elvis fans still flock to a wide variety of events celebrating the "King." Outside of Graceland the place to be this weekend is the 15th annual Michigan Elvisfest in Ypsilanti's Riverside Park.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the 15th annual Michigan Elvisfest taking place this weekend in Ypsilanti.

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Community
11:56 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Ann Arbor Mayor Believes Big Projects During His Tenure Making Positive Impact

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Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje thinks investments made during his tenure are already paying results and will continue to do so.  The issue of spending priorities however is one voters will be looking at as the city chooses a new mayor for the first time in 14 years.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on some of the spending priorities during John Hieftje's 14 years as Mayor of Ann Arbor.
Hieftje points to the underground parking structure as helping grow the local economy.  That's because he doesn't think the city's growing tech sector would have been possible without additional parking downtown.  He says these jobs have helped keep the area more active, boosting restuarants and other businesses.
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Community
4:41 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Strong Ann Arbor Real Estate Market May Get Influx Of Homes On North Side Of City

Land on the North and South West corner of Nixon and Dhu Varren is the site of the proposed Toll Brothers development.
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Proposals to build homes on Ann Arbor's north side are another indication that the area's real estate market is heating up.  Toll Brothers is holding a community meeting Thursday night on plans to build 500 residences at Dhu Varren and Nixon.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the Ann Arbor area real estate market as a developer is set to share details of a proposed development on the city's north side.
  
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Community
4:45 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Ann Arbor City Council Member Proposing Charter Amendment To Return Eligibility Guidelines

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A court ruling in May put Bob Dascola on the ballot in Ann Arbor's third ward primary.  It's also left the city without any eligibility requirements.  To address this concern City Council member Jane Lumm is proposing a charter amendment to go before voters in November.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on a proposed Ann Arbor Charter Amendment so the city can once again have eligibility requirements for candidates running for City Council and Mayor.

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Community
8:53 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Ann Arbor City Council Helps Fund Washtenaw County Animal Control Services

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The City of Ann Arbor will spend 135-thousand dollars to support animal control services in Washtenaw County. 

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports Ann Arbor City Council approves funding for animal control services.

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Community
4:50 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority Celebrates Blake Transit Center Grand Opening

Andrew Cluley 89.1 WEMU

The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority held the official grand opening of the new Blake Transit Center in downtown Ann Arbor today.  It's been open since March but it will still be another week or so before buses will use the facility's covered driveway for loading and unloading passengers.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the grand opening of the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's new Blake Transit Center.

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