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
1:34 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Meet Ann Arbor Candidates For Mayor Saturday

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Primary elections are less than two months away so candidates are getting busy knocking on doors and sharing their vision.  Ann Arbor voters also have several chances to see all four Democrats running for Mayor in the coming weeks.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on upcoming forums with the 4 democrats running to replace outgoing Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje.

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Community
6:00 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Ann Arbor Summer Festival Kicks-Off Tonight

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The new executive director of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival hopes everyone in the area will find something they like at the 31st annual event.  That shouldn't be a problem with more than 140 concerts and events kicking-off tonight.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the start of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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Community
4:54 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Ann Arbor's 14th Annual Mayor's Green Fair Friday

The Nature House at the Leslie Science and Nature Center.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje believes the Leslie Science and Nature Center is a great example of efforts to make the city more green.  Tonight he'll host the 14th annual Mayor's Green Fair

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the Green Fair and Ann Arbor's other "green" efforts.

  

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Education
4:29 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Ann Arbor School Board Waiting To Approve 2014-15 Budget

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

The Ann Arbor School Board has taken steps towards completing next year's budget, but chose not to vote on the plan Wednesday night.  The delay is designed to give more time to adjust spending based on the state's new K-12 funding model.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports the Ann Arbor School Board is waiting a couple of weeks to pass next year's budget, but has taken steps forward on the plan.

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Community
11:27 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority Looks To Make Streets And Sidewalks More Vibrant

Ann Arbor's typically vibrant Main Street was quiet following one of this winter's snowstorms.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Improving downtown Ann Arbor streetscapes is becoming a priority. The downtown streets have different primary functions, but the Downtown Development Authority wants to make sure all are as vibrant as possible.   

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the first public meeting for the Downtown Development Authority's Downtown Streets Framework Plan.

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Community
8:43 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Democratic Nominee For Governor Mark Schauer Speaks To Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber

Mark Schauer at the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber Headline Lunch.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Democratic Candidate for Governor Mark Schauer says his roots are here in Washtenaw County.  Schauer addressed the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber at Wedsnesday's headline lunch.   

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Democratic candidate for Governor Mark Schauer speaking at the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber's Headline Lunch.

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WEMU News
3:06 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Ann Arbor Area Superintendents Blast State K-12 Funding Proposal

Ann Arbor Superintendent Jeanice Swift speaks as other district superintendents and school board members look on.
Credit Andrew Cluley

The Ann Arbor School Board was set to vote on a balanced budget tonight, but the latest proposal for state funding would leave a big hole to fill.

A House Senate committee's proposal would give the district $2.5 million less than Governor Rick Snyder's plan. 

Superintendent Jeanice Swift indicated the board will likely still vote on the original budget tonight.

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Community
5:23 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Even With More Affordable Housing, Camp Take Notice Likely To Play Role In Fighting Homelessness

The eventual sale of Ann Arbor's Library Lot should help boost the city's stock of affordable housing. That's because City Council has promised 50 percent of the proceeds will go towards the affordable housing fund.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the role in fighting homelessness that members of MISSION and Camp Take Notice think they will still play even if affordable housing options increase.

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Education
5:08 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Eastern Michigan University Tuition Increasing 3.2 Percent, Budget Approved

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Eastern Michigan University is increasing funding for public safety and financial aid next school year.  The board of regents today approved a $301.9 million general fund budget.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the EMU Board of Regents setting tuition rates and the general fund budget for the 2014-15 school year.

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Education
11:43 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Eastern Michigan University And Saint Joseph Mercy Health System Training Physician Assistants

Andrew Cluley 89.1 WEMU

The combination of an aging population and retiring doctors is creating a shortage of primary care physicians.  Eastern Michigan University and Saint Joseph Mercy Health System are teaming up on a new Physician Assistant program that will help address the problem.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the new Physician Assistant program that started last month at Eastern Michigan University.

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Community
4:33 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Ann Arbor Wants To Improve South State Street Corridor

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor officials hope to improve traffic flow along the South State Corridor. They'll be looking at how to best align with recently adopted land use plans.    

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the South State Street traffic study.

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Community
2:47 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Plans To Reopen Ann Arbor's Performance Network Theatre Coming Together

Credit Performance Network Theatre

Ann Arbor's Performance Network Theatre may re-open in the fall with operating expenses cut roughly in half.  Former staff members and other supporters will present the proposal to the Performance Network Theatre board next week, less than a month after operations were suspended.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on efforts to revitalize Ann Arbor's Performance Network Theatre.

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Community
5:35 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Washtenaw County Presbyterian Churches Help Camp Take Notice Upgrade House

Painting the outside of MISSION's house in Ann Arbor
Andrew Cluley 89.1 WEMU

An Ann Arbor home that serves as a beacon of hope is getting a makeover this week.  Washtenaw County Presbyterian Churches are making a difference at a house that serves as a place for food, laundry and friendship for the homeless community.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on volunteer work going on this week to improve MISSION's house on Stone School Road.
 
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Community
5:24 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Washtenaw County Looks To Find Funds For Support Services To Help Homeless

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A private endowment could one day fund important support services needed as homeless individuals transition into permanent housing.  In 2008 a Washtenaw County task force recommended a millage to pay for this work until the endowment was funded.  The economic downturn killed the tax idea, but the task force has continued to meet.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on efforts to fund supportive services in Washtenaw County to ensure formerly homeless people don't end up back on the streets.

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Community
4:22 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Ann Arbor School Board Holding Public Hearing On Budget

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor Public Schools welcomes the community to comment on their budget Wednesday night.    

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on work on Ann Arbor Public Schools 2014-15 budget.

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Community
5:52 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

As Summer Vacation Approaches Low-Income Food Programs Grow Important

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  With about one in six Washtenaw County children going hungry, free and reduced lunch programs are vital. As summer approaches Food Gatherers and Ypsilanti Community Schools are sponsoring Summer Food Service Programs.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on summer food programs for low income kids.
 
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Community
4:54 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

New Book On Ann Arbor's Architecture Released

Credit Historic Ann Arbor: An Architectural Guide

A new book highlights the most important buildings of Ann Arbor.  Susan Wineberg and Patrick McCauley's "Historic Ann Arbor: An architectural Guide" includes 375 of the city's outstanding structures.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on a new book highlighting 375 of Ann Arbor's most important historic buildings.

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Community
6:27 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Critics Of Genetically Modified Organisms Will March In Ann Arbor Saturday

More companies are pledging not to use Genetically Modified Organisms.  That's welcome news to organizers of March Against Monsanto events planned in Ann Arbor and hundreds of other locations Saturday.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on this weekend's March Against Monsanto in Ann Arbor.

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Community
4:37 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Washtenaw County Officials Reject Tax For Road Work, Create Study Committee

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Washtenaw County like most places in Michigan has plenty of roads that need work, particularly after the harsh winter we had this year.  The Washtenaw County Commissioners have opted to form a committee to study options for fixing the roads rather than levy a .4 mill tax in December.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports the Washtenaw County Commissioners have rejected a one-year tax for road repairs and instead created a committee to study how to improve road conditions.
    
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Education
4:31 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Eastern Michigan University Hosting Discussion On Human Trafficking

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Michigan lawmakers are considering efforts to fight human trafficking.  Eastern Michigan Unviersity's Women's Resource Center Thursday hosts Senators Rebekah Warren and Judy Emmons to share their proposals.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Eastern Michigan University's Women's Resource Center hosting a discussion on human trafficking and legislative efforts to address the problem.

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Education
4:25 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

University Of Michigan Again Receives Record Number Of Applications

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Once again a record number of students applied to the University of Michigan.  It's the 8th consecutive year U of M's admissions office has set a record for applications received.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports for the 8th straight year the University of Michigan has received a record number of applications.

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Community
4:16 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Ann Arbor's Performance Network Theatre Suspends Operations

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Ann Arbor's Performance Network Theatre has closed its doors.  The board of directors suspended all operations effective immediately earlier Thursday.  

  

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Community
5:13 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's Michael Ford Chosen To Lead RTA

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Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's Michael Ford has been chosen to lead the Regional Transit Authority.  According to tweets from Transit Riders United and others, The RTA board reportedly voted in a unanimous decision for Ford Wednesday.

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Community
4:21 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Tony Hawk Adding To Excitement Around Ann Arbor Skatepark Grand Opening Plans

Construction on the Ann Arbor Skatepark earlier this spring.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

The grand-opening of Ann Arbor's new skatepark is a month away, but news that skating legend Tony Hawk will be at the opening has the skating community freaking out.  President of the Friends of the Ann Arbor Skatepark Trevor Staples says Hawk and several other professional skateboarders will give demonstrations as part of the opening event.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on skating legend Tony Hawk spiking interest in the June 21st Grand Opening of the Ann Arbor Skatepark.

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Community
5:39 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Ann Arbor Looking To Increase Dog Licensing Rates

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Since January the city of Ann Arbor has been receiving invoices from the Humane Society of Huron Valley for animal control services.  City Council member Jane Lumm says the city doesn't have a dedicated funding source to cover the full cost, but made a step in the right direction with an amendment in next year's budget.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Ann Arbor increasing efforts for dog licensing enforcement and compliance

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