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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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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Arts
10:42 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Ann Arbor's Percent For Art Program is Replaced

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  The Public Art Ordinance in Ann Arbor has been revised, and the result is elimination of the "Percent for Art"  mechanism of arts funding. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, Ann Arbor City Council Monday night approved amendments to the ordinance that favors consideration of public art projects on a case-by-case basis in Capitol Projects.   

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Law Enforcement
10:28 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Ann Arbor City Council Asks DDA to Fund Three Downtown Beat Cops

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  If Ann Arbor City Council gets its way, there will soon be three, new beat officers patrolling the downtown area. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the council Monday night passed a resolution asking the Downtown Development Authority to provide the necessary funding for those positions.

 

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Environment
7:19 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Water Street Trail in Ypsilanti Featured in National Trails Day

    

The American Hiking Society on Saturday will  host an event as part of National Trails Day.  As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports it will be an opportunity for the community to acquaint itself with the Water Street Trail and progress being made on the Border to Border Trail in Washtenaw County.

 

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Government
9:06 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Future of City Owned Property at 721 North Main in Ann Arbor is Under Consideration

It would cost the city of Ann Arbor three-point-four million dollars just to improve the condition of its property at 721 North main to "maintainable." As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the North Main-Huron River Corridor Vision Task Force received an update on the property Thursday night, as it continues to work towards a recommendation for city council.

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Arts
9:00 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Neutral Zone Artists Win Grant for Murals Project in Ann Arbor

The Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authory has awarded a five-thousand dollar grant that will provide stipends for young, local artists to  create murals on the western edge of the city. WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports.

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Education
8:18 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Efforts Continue to Save the Reading Intervention Program in Ann Arbor Schools

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The Ann Arbor School Board continues to contemplate how to make nearly nine-million dollars in further budget reductions for next school year. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, one program that continues to  be a primary focus is the reading intervention program.  

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Transportation
7:42 am
Mon May 27, 2013

Salem Township Residents Petition for Repairs to North Territorial

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The conditions of one road in northern Washtenaw County has gotten so bad that hundreds of motorists have signed a petition asking for improvements.  WEMU's Andrew Cluley has the details. 

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Education
8:54 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Ann Arbor School Officials Seek Public Input in its Superintendent Search

The Superintendent search is underway in the Ann Arbor School District and applications are beginning to roll in. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, district officials are gathering public input before any interviews are conducted.

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Education
11:10 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Layoff Notices for Ann Arbor School Employees

Ann Arbor Public Schools are sending layoff notices to 233 teachers but are hoping the layoffs won't be necessary. 

Last night, the school board unanimously passed a layoff notices authorization. More from WEMU's Andrew Cluley:

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Education
6:54 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Ann Arbor School Board Shares Plans for Nearly 9-Million Dollars in Cuts at Public Hearing

The Ann Arbor Board of Education continues to grapple with exactly where to make about nine-million dollars in budget reductions. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the board last night held a public hearing on it's proposed plan.

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Economy
9:08 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Ann Arbor Aims to Streamline Economic Development Efforts

Ann Arbor officials are looking to improve economic development efforts in the city. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, City Council is creating a new task force to better coordinate development strategies.

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Housing
9:00 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Affordable Housing Wins in 2014 City of Ann Arbor Budget

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Ann Arbor City Council will dip into fund balance a bit further next fiscal year to give a boost to affordable housing and human services. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports,  early this morning the City Council,  passed an 83.1 million dollar general fund budget for the 2014 fiscal year. 

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Transportation
9:06 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Roundabout Construction Near Costco Will Soon Be Underway

Motorists in the Ann Arbor/Pittsfield Township should prepare for some new traffic delays as a new road construction project gets underway. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, work on a new roundabout at the intersection of State Street and Ellsworth Road will get underway in June.  

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Government
7:21 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Washtenaw County Committee Delays Action on Potential 345-Million Dollar Bond Sale

A proposal for a 345-million dollar bond sale to pay for Washtenaw County's unfunded liabilities will move forward more deliberately than originally intended. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, The Board of Commissioners Ways and Means Committee last night pulled the item from it's agenda to allow more time for public input. 

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Government
7:00 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Washtenaw County Exceeds 1st Quarter Budget Expectations

Washtenaw County officials report better than expected financial results in the first quarter of the year, but still need to make millions of dollars worth of structural changes next year. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, County Administrator Verna McDaniel last night gave the Board of Commissioners  an update on the fiscal state of the county. 

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Government
8:16 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Washtenaw County Explores Potential Bond Sale

In an effort to fully fund pension and retiree health care costs, Washtenaw County will explore the possibility of a significant bond sale.  As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the first step in the process will be tonight's meeting of the Ways and Means Committee of the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners.

On Thursday, listen to Morning Edition with David Fair for a full wrap-up of the meeting.

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Transportation
7:26 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Ann Arbor Stadium Bridges Dedication

Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, Representative John Dingell, and Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje at Tuesday's bridge dedication
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A formal dedication ceremony was held Tuesday for the Stadium Bridges in Ann Arbor. WEMU's Andrew Cluley was there and provides all the details.

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Arts & Culture
9:04 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Plans to Change Funding for Public Art in Ann Arbor Move Forward

Ann Arbor City Council is moving forward with plans to eliminate the "Percent for Art" program. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, council is also encouraging more public funding for art projects. 

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Politics
8:43 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Controversial 413 East Huron Development Project wins Ann Arbor City Council Approval

A proposed 14-story development at Huron and Division in Ann Arbor is moving forward, despite the fact no one on Ann Arbor City Council truly likes the plan. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, Council voted 6-5 to five in favor of approving the site plan and development agreement.

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Education
8:28 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Ann Arbor Schools Prepare to Borrow Money to Cover Payroll Costs

There will be three occasions next fiscal year for which the Ann Arbor Public schools will have to borrow money to cover payroll costs. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the Board of Education last night passed as resolution authorizing establishment of a line of credit of up to 10-million dollars.

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Transportation
7:28 am
Thu May 9, 2013

SEMCOG Public Hearing on Transit

The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) are collecting public feedback on short and long term transportation plans. The proposals are billed as the "2014-2017 Transportation Improvement Plan" and the "2040 Regional Transportation Plan." The first public hearing on the comprehensive measures took place Wednesday at Washtenaw Community College. WEMU's Andrew Cluley was there.

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Education
8:51 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Ann Arbor Schools Budget Forum

There has been no shortage of input from the community at public forums on the Ann Arbor School District's budget proposal. The latest hearing was held Tuesday night at Pioneer High school. The budget proposal calls for eight-point-seven million dollars in cuts for the upcoming academic year. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, attendees are also suggesting ways to enhance district revenue.

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Government
8:33 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Dexter Moves Closer to Becoming a City

Residents in the Village of Dexter have voted to continue on the path to becoming a city. WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more on the vote in Tuesday's election.

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politics
10:37 am
Tue May 7, 2013

A2 City Council Halts Meeting Before Vote

Lengthy public hearings on a proposed apartment complex development at 413 East Huron have prevented Ann Arbor City Council from taking action on the matter. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, for a second meeting in a row, council last night halted its session prior to finishing up the nights agenda.

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