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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Christine Stead
Christine Stead

The Ann Arbor School Board will have a new look after next month's election.  Ten Candidates are running for four seats on the board.  While I will be interviewing all of the candidates, incumbent trustee Christine Stead is the focus of today's report.


Ann Arbor
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The immediate future for what was a popular surface parking lot in Ann Arbor remains up in the air.  The developer who purchased the former YMCA Lot at Fifth and William continues to try to have the property temporarily return as a surface parking lot.  The Downtown Development Authority has already turned down the proposal, but some City Council members continue to push the plan.


Susan Baskett
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The Ann Arbor School Board will have a new look after next month's election.  Ten Candidates are running for four seats on the board.  While I will be interviewing all of the candidates, incumbent trustee Susan Baskett is the focus of today's report.


Rosie the Riveters and Female Democrats
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Many of Michigan's top female politicians visited with three original Rosie the Riveter's today at the Yankee Air Museum.  They shared a message of hard work and a desire for equality. 


Ann Arbor
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Ann Arbor has been a leader in Michigan when it comes to the city's non-discrimination ordinance.  The law is now getting a much needed update.


Ann Arbor Public Schools
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Next month's election could dramatically change the appearance of the Ann Arbor School Board.  Four of the seven seats are up for election, and the board will have at least two new faces as Glenn Nelson and Irene Patalan aren't seeking re-election.  Voters get a chance to meet the candidates tonight.


Whitmore Lake Public Schools
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Ann Arbor and Whitmore Lake voters will consider the annexation plan in less than three weeks.  The plan was the focus of much of today's Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber's IMPACT 2014 event. Area business leaders heard plenty of questions about the proposal.


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If your regular commute is on U-S 23 north of Ann Arbor back-ups are likely the norm. The Michigan Department of Transportation continues to work on plans to ease the congestion.


STEAM at Northside
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Two of the biggest changes in Ann Arbor Public Schools this year are STEAM at Northside and the Pathways to Success Academic Campus.  Enrollment is up at both schools and work continues on building expansion plans.


Whitmore Lake Public Schools
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To remain in the black despite declining student enrollment, Whitmore Lake Schools officials closed the middle school, eliminated programs, and still have spent essentially all of the district's reserves.  Fearing that the inevitable outcome of this constant reduction in services and enrollment would be state takeover, they turned to Ann Arbor Public Schools for an annexation.  


University of Michigan Central Campus
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For decades University of Michigan students could count on classes taking place, no matter the weather. But in January for the first time in 36 years classes were canceled.  A new policy is designed to avoid confusion some employees had about if they still needed to brave the elements to get to work.


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Ann Arbor Public Schools officials believe they now have all the information they're going to get from the state around the proposed annexation of Whitmore Lake Public Schools.  Community members supporting and opposing the plan still have plenty of questions.


Ann Arbor Skatepark
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Ann Arbor's skatepark took years of planning and fundraising to become a reality.  Almost four months after opening, city officials and skateboarders agree it was worth the effort.


Bryan Kelly
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In just three weeks voters head to the polls to decide a variety of races.  In Ann Arbor this includes voting on the first new mayor in 14 years.  It's a low key race between a political newcomer and a three term city council member that won the heavily contested Democratic Primary.


AirRide at Detroit Metro Airport
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Over 1,000 passengers a week head to Detroit Metro Airport from Ann Arbor using the AirRide bus shuttle.  It's been nearly a month since the pick-up and drop-off location at the airport changed from the International Arrivals curb to the Ground Transportation Center. The debate over which location is more appropriate continues.


The federal government is investigating nearly 80 colleges across the country for the way they handled reports of sexual assaults.  

Eastern Michigan University hasn't been targeted but the school's student body president recently discussed the issue with 89.1 WEMU.

US Representative Gary Peters and Senator Tammy Baldwin from Wisconsin
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U-S Representative Gary Peters brought his campaign for Senate to Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan Thursday.  He's highlighting his stance on a couple of higher education issues. 

  

 

Whitmore Lake Public Schools
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In less than a month voters in the Ann Arbor and Whitmore Lake school districts will decide if annexation plans move forward.  Many Whitmore Lake voters have questions, but appear to accept annexation as the best option.


Attending college is always a challenge, but doing so as a single parent makes it even more difficult.  Over 50 percent of single parents attending college in the U-S don't graduate within six years.  A pilot program starting next semester at Eastern Michigan University looks to boost those graduation numbers.


Eastern Michigan faculty, students and alumni continue to call for the university to cut ties with the Education Achievement Authority.  A 2011 inter-local agreement with EMU allowed the creation of the district designed to take over struggling schools. There are continuing concerns and some of those are now coming from members of the board of regents.


EMU President Susan Martin
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Eastern Michigan University President Susan Martin will remain the school's leader through at least the end of the 2015-16 school year.  The board of regents Tuesday approved a one year extension to her contract.


The media landscape is changing.   Tomorrow's journalists will need to know how to write and how to prepare dynamic content like audio, video and graphics.  A new major at Eastern Michigan University will prepare students for this new reality.

Media Studies and Journalism combines aspects of Journalism and Electronic Media with Film Studies. Carol Schlagheck is coordinator of the journalism program.  She says this combination is already proving successful.  "Like Vinnie Goodwill who is covering the Detroit Pistons for the Detroit News is often on television granting interviews and he was a double major in electronic media and in journalism, which has worked for him, but this would make it so you don't have to double major, you can do this for your main track," Schlagheck says.
Ann Arbor Public Schools
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To balance the budget this year, Ann Arbor Public Schools have been counting on a boost in attendance, and the additional per-pupil dollars that comes with more kids in the classroom.  The final enrollment number will be up, but likely not as much as hoped.


Ann Arbor
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Trying to live on what is legally considered a "living wage" is seriously challenging.  Flip the coin, and paying that wage can be equally challenging. That is particularly true of non-profit organizations.  The challenge before Ann Arbor City Council tonight is to try and strike a balance.


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Michigan is becoming a better state for attracting and retaining businesses.  That's according to a new study conducted by Northwood University for the Michigan Chamber Foundation. The head of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce is pleased with the progress, but recognizes more work needs to be done. 


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