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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Arts
7:58 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Public Input Sought For Public Art Project At New Ann Arbor Rain Garden

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Some very large, small mouth bass may be coming to a new Ann Arbor rain garden. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the Ann Arbor Public Art Commission and artist Joshua Wiener are looking for feedback some feedback on his proposal for steel sculptures.

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Transportation
7:25 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Stretch Of I-94 Will Be Closed This Weekend

A stretch of Eastbound I-94 on the southern edge of Ann Arbor is going to be closed this weekend. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, it is the first of several planned closures of the highway in coming months.

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Government
9:43 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Washtenaw County Commissioners Gather Public Comment on Shelved Bond Proposal Plan

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners last week decided to shelve a proposal to sell hundreds of millions of dollars in bonds. the money generated for the bond sale would have been used to cover the county's long-term pension costs and retiree health care. Commissioners decided to wait until such time the state of Michigan spells out its rules for a bond sale of this kind. Still, the issue is far from dead. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the Board of Commissioners last night went forward with a public hearing on the issue, gathering more input from the community.

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Transportation
6:45 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Ann Arbor DDA Enacts Pilot Program for Parking Permits at Forest Avenue Structure

The manner in which monthly permits are granted for Ann Arbor Parking structures may soon change. The As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority is using the Forest Avenue Parking structure for a new, pilot program.

In the future, monthly parking permits in Ann Arbor may be granted based on the size of the building in town where a motorist lives or works.

Business
6:27 am
Fri July 5, 2013

South University Area Association in Ann Arbor Look to Main Street for Improvements

South University Area Association looking to implement the Business Improvement Zone plan that worked well in the Main Street are of Ann Arbor.

  Officials with Ann Arbor's South University Area Association hope a successful program in the Main Street area can be replicated in their part of town. WEMU's Andrew Cluley provides the details.

Washtenaw County Commissioners
7:18 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Washtenaw County Bond Proposal Put On Hold

Unanswered questions force the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners to shelve a plan to sell 300-million dollars in bonds to cover future retiree health care and pension costs.

  Washtenaw County officials are, for now, shelving a plan to sell hundreds of millions of dollars in bonds. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the money generated from the sale would have covered future retiree health care and pension costs.

Politics
7:12 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Ann Arbor DDA Commits to Streetlights but wavers on Funding Beat Cops

A2 DDA approves expenditure for streetlight replacement project along main street, but expresses concerns over the city's request to fund three beat patrol police officers.

  The Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority has formally responded to one the funding requests that comes from the City of Ann Arbor.  As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, it also put off a decision on another request for money.

Education
8:21 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Ann Arbor Schools Superintendent Search Update

The Ann Arbor Board of Education is set to interview six semi-finalists for the districts Superintendent position. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the board last night finalized most of the remaining plans for the selection process.

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A2 Council
7:44 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Ann Arbor City Council Delays Decision on Shortening Meetings

Ann Arbor City Council tables rule changes that would further limit public comment time in regular meetings, but add public comment to council work sessions.

  Ann Arbor City Council has put off a decision on proposed rule changes aimed at shortening the length of its meetings.

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, a couple of vacationing council members forced the delay.

Ann Arbor
7:31 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Ann Arbor City Council and DDA Form a New Look Committee

Ann Arbor City Council re-establieshes the "Mutually Beneficial Committee" with the DDA under the new name, "Joint DDA-Council Committee".

Ann Arbor city Council and the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority will have reformed an old committee, with a new name and different method of operation. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the move last night comes as changes are considered to the ordinance that created the DDA.

Transportation
6:55 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Increased Ridership Forces Changes to AATA's Night Ride Service

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  The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority is making changes to its Night Ride Service. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, it's a response to a sharp increase in ridership over the last 18-months.

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Government
6:45 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Ann Arbor City Council To Consider Measures To Shorten Meetings

  Ann Arbor City Council meetings famously run long. Sometimes, meetings don't end until well after midnight. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, council tonight will consider some measures that may help shorten up the sessions.

Preview of the July 1st Ann Arbor City Council meeting.

Local News
5:58 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

I-94 Construction to Require Complete Closures

Road work on I-94 through Ann Arbor starting next month will result in the complete shutdown of the highway in one direction several weekends in the coming months.  WEMU's Andrew Cluley has details.

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Housing
5:55 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Reserves To Help Ann Arbor Housing Commission Absorb Sequestration Hit

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The city of Ann Arbor will be dipping into funding reserves to help the Housing Commission deal with federal sequester budget cuts.  WEMU's Andrew Cluley has the story.

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City Ordinance
2:16 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

No New Digital Billboards or Conversions in Ann Arbor

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  Ann Arbor City Council has amended the city's signs and outdoor advertising ordinance to prohibit new digital billboards, or conversions of old billboards to digital.  WEMU's Andrew Cluley has the story.

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Environment
10:36 am
Fri June 14, 2013

13th Annual Mayors Green Fair in Ann Arbor

The latest innovations in "green" products will take over Ann Arbor's Main Street tonight. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the 13th annual event runs from six to nine tonight.

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Government
10:24 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Ann Arbor Mayor Addresses State of the City

The Mayor of Ann Arbor says the city has turned the corner on recession. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, John Hieftje yesterday gave an unofficial "State of the City" address at the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti Regional Chamber Headline Lunch.

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Education
6:16 am
Thu June 13, 2013

AAPS Sets 2013-14 Budget at 183.5 Million Dollars, Eliminates 30 Teaching Jobs

Ann Arbor Public Schools will use almost one-point-two million dollars in reserves to balance next year's budget.  as WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the School Board early this morning approved the district budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year.

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Education
6:02 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Interim Superintendent for Ann Arbor Schools Named

The Ann Arbor School District is turning to the head of its Human Resources and Legal Services 

Departments to lead the district for the next few months. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the Board of Education last night named Dave Comsa to serve as Interim Superintendent.

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Transportation
7:51 am
Fri June 7, 2013

2nd Annual Ann Arbor Marathon Set for Sunday

Those who ran the first-ever Ann Arbor Marathon last year, can expect some changes this year. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports,  there will be some route changes aimed at making it easier for motorists to get around town during the Sunday races.

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Transportation
6:56 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Washtenaw County Commissioners Oppose Long-term Regional Transit Plan

A proposed multi-billion dollar plan regional transportation plan isn't winning much local favor. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners  has unamisouly passed a resolution opposing a draft of the plan.

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County Courts
6:26 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Alternative Court Funding in Washtenaw County Under Consideration

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners is considering a change in the manner it funds the court system. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the proposal is causing concern among some on the board that the change will cause disagreements with the courts. 

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Economic Development
6:18 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Ann Arbor DDA Passes New Budget, Funds Affordable Housing & Street Lights

The Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority has passed it's budget for fiscal year 2013-2014. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, several of the appointed DDA board members expressed concerns about budget amendments included at the request of Ann Arbor City Council.

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Transportation
12:07 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Construction Set to Start on New U of M Parking Structure

Construction of the structure will add 530 parking spaces to the university's parking system near the medical campus. The project will provide the Wall Street area and medical center campus with environmentally-sustainable features. Plans include trees and gardens for storm water management which may also be used for irrigation and reducing storm runoff to the river.
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In about a year, there will be about 530 more parking spaces in Ann Arbor. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, construction will soon get underway ont he University of Michigan's new parking structure between Maiden Lane and Wall Street.

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Transportation
10:49 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Ann Arbor Transportation Authority Moves Closer To Expansion

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  The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority may soon have a new name to reflect the inclusion of the city of Ypsilanti as an official member. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, Ann Arbor City Council Monday night took a necessary step in that direction.

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