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
6:31 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Ann Arbor Saline Road Project Coming Soon

Plenty of potholes line Ann Arbor Saline Road near I-94.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Potholes line roads throughout the area, but one particularly rough stretch will be the site of major improvements.   Construction starts at the end of the month on the stretch of Ann Arbor Saline Road near I-94.

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Community
4:12 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Ann Arbor Officials Use Social Media to Highlight Pothole Concerns

Credit City of Ann Arbor

A simple post on Facebook and Twitter highlights how big a problem Ann Arbor and the rest of the area are facing in dealing with potholes this winter.

Ann Arbor tries to fill potholes within 24 business hours of notification, but officials admit this year they are struggling in meeting that goal.

You can report a pothole to Ann Arbor by calling 99-HOLES.

(h/t City of Ann Arbor)

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Community
2:25 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Saline Far From Alone in Facing Issues Around Heroin, Substance Abuse

Prescription drug abuse continues to rise
Credit Flickr user another.point.in.time

A spike in heroin overdoses including several deaths followed by three teens being charged in the death of a Michigan State University student has turned the spotlight on Saline for drug use.  Washtenaw County officials however say the problem with heroin and other opiates is really a national epidemic. 

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Community
11:21 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Univeristy of Michigan Claims Outright Big Ten Title, Looking for More Basketball Success

Crisler Arena fans after a Michigan Wolverines men's basketball victory over the Duke Blue Devils men's basketball. (2008)
Credit flickr user gleηη / Creative Commons

The University of Michigan Men's basketball team clinched the outright regular season Big ten title with an 84-53 win at Illinois Tuesday night.  Work is still to be done with the Big Ten Basketball Tournament taking place next week in Indianapolis.  

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Education
1:29 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Thieves Steal Computers From Two Ann Arbor High Schools in Break-Ins

Credit Andrew Cluley

Thieves stole computers and equipment out of the media centers at a pair of Ann Arbor High Schools Monday night.  

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Community
12:04 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Ann Arbor City Council May Have Resolved Debate Over Public Art Program

Public art in front of Ann Arbor City Hall.
Credit Andrew Cluley

Ann Arbor will use general fund money to help the public art program transition to a new funding model, but over $940,000 in old percent for art funds are being returned to their original sources.  That’s the result of three resolutions passed by city council Monday night to hopefully end the long debate over the program.  

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Ann Arbor City Council resolving issues around the city's Public Art Program.

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Community
1:17 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Ann Arbor City Council Might Resolve Public Art Program Issues Tonight

Public Art in front of Ann Arbor City Hall.
Credit Andrew Cluley

Ann Arbor City Council may have finally found a way to move forward with the city’s public art program.  A series of three resolutions on tonight’s agenda could resolve the long-running debate over the issue.  

WEMU's Andrew Cluley previews three resolutions Ann Arbor City Council will consider tonight around the city's Public Art Program.

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Community
1:00 am
Mon March 3, 2014

U-M Central Student Government Seeking Review of Accused Sexual Assault Documents

Credit Andrew Cluley

Changes in how universities handle reports of sexual misconduct by students continue to leave questions on campus.  Even as a federal investigation is ongoing, the University of Michigan Central Student Government wants to review documents around sexual assault investigations, including of a former football player.  

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Community
6:11 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Debbie Dingell Officially Kicks Off Congressional Campaign

Debbie Dingell speaks with reporters at Ann Arbor's Downtown Home and Garden.
Credit Andrew Cluley

Debbie Dingell formally announced today she's running for the 12th Congressional seat her husband has held for nearly 60 years.  Dingell had kick-off events in Dearborn, Ann Arbor, and Ypsilanti.

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Community
1:51 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Ann Arbor City Council to Consider Resolution Outlining Specific Park Location on Library Lot

The left edge of the picture is the proposed park location.
Credit Andrew Cluley

Monday Ann Arbor City Council will consider a resolution that would designate about 10-thousand square feet of the surface lot on top of the Library Lane parking garage as the site of a future park.  City officials have long stated a portion of the area will become park space, but this resolution would nail down the specific location. 

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Community
8:11 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Ann Arbor Public Schools to Start Accepting Schools of Choice Apps Monday

Credit Andrew Cluley

Ann Arbor Public Schools officials are excited to kick off their largest ever Schools of Choice effort.  Monday the district will begin accepting applications to fill up to 750 slots. 

Communications Director Liz Margolis says they’ve carefully looked at current and projected enrollments. After studying these projections they've made seats available for nearly every grade in all of the district's schools.  The district however isn't accepting high school juniors and seniors.

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Community
8:03 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Briarwood Mall to Host Summer Camp Expo Saturday

Credit Andrew Cluley

The cold winter weather continues, but Briarwood Mall will be focused on summer Saturday.  The mall is hosting the annual summer camp expo.  

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WEMU News
7:57 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Concerns Over Main Breaks Continues With Cold Weather

The bitter cold is back for another round in Southeast Michigan, raising concerns about more water pipe breaks. Ann Arbor has seen a high number of water main breaks this winter already.

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Community
7:53 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Bitter Temperatures Pose Potential Health Concerns

The bitter cold weather is expected to last through the weekend causing health concerns.  

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WEMU News
6:23 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Ann Arbor Seeks Feedback on Urban and Community Forest Plan

A portion of Ann Arbor's urban forest in Burns Park
Credit Andrew Cluley

Ann Arbor’s publicly maintained trees are in fair to good condition according to the city’s Urban Forestry and Natural Resources Planning Coordinator Kerry Gray.   Maintenance efforts have been hurt by budget cutbacks and the need to deal with the Emerald Ash Borer. 

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3:42 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Zingerman's Deli makes list of 'Cool Grocery Stores Around the U.S.'

Lead in text: 
Food and cooking website Delish has put together a list of some of the "cooler, hipper, and more fun" grocery shops in the country, and Ann Arbor's Zingerman's Deli has made the list.
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Jessica Webster
Other stores on the list include Mario Batali's Eataly, the Wegman's chain, and Pike's Place Market in Seattle.
Community
3:33 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Ann Arbor District Library Now Offering Local Label Music

Credit Andrew Cluley

A new partnership between the Ann Arbor District Library and a local music label is making over 250 albums available to library patrons.  

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on a new partnership between the Ann Arbor District Library and a local music label to make their songs available to download for free.

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Community
12:01 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Ann Arbor Officials Planning for Controlled Burn Season

The Ann Arbor Volunteer Burn Crew
Credit a2gov.org

 With plenty of snow still on the ground and cold temperatures continuing longer than expected, Ann Arbor officials may be delayed in starting an ecological restoration program that has gotten great results over the last 20 years.

Ann Arbor's Natural Area Preservation Manager Dave Borneman says controlled burns are a powerful tool used to help enrich the soul, remove dead thatch, and allow diverse native plant and animal communities to thrive.  

The city targets a low impact timeframe for these burns.  Doing them in late winter or early spring means little or no people in the parks, dormant plant life and lower smoke volumes.

Crews will be executing the burns weekdays between noon and six.

More information on Ann Arbor's controlled burns can be found here.

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Community
11:03 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Michigan LGBT Community Closely Following DeBoer-Rowse Case

Credit Equality Michigan

People across Michigan are closely following the trial of a lesbian couple challenging Michigan's ban on marriage and adoption by same sex couples.  The trial began Tuesday with April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse seeking the ability to marry and adopt each other's children.  

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Education
10:16 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Ypsilanti Community Schools Look to Pilot Year-Round Calendar for Two Buildings

Credit Bob Eccles

Ypsilanti Community Schools officials continue to develop plans for year round schools.  The District plans on piloting a balanced calendar in one or two buildings starting in the fall.  

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Community
2:49 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Pittsfield Township Fire Department Conduct Training Exercise

Credit Andrew Cluley

The Pittsfield Township Fire Department conducted a training fire at an old building on Ellsworth this afternoon.

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Community
1:20 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Ann Arbor Not Buying Edwards Brothers Property

Credit Courtesy Photo

The University of Michigan can go ahead with plans to buy the Edwards Brothers property on State Street for nearly 13 million dollars.  Ann Arbor City Council voted six to five Monday night against using the right of first refusal to match the university’s offer.  

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WEMU News
8:58 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Former Staffer Reflects on Congressman John Dingell's Career

Washtenaw County Commissioner Andy LaBarre served Congressman John Dingell in several capacities between 2005 and 2011. WEMU's Andrew Cluley spoke with LaBarre about his experiences with Mr. Dingell.

Community
12:24 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Ann Arbor City Council Expected to Decide Tonight if the City Will Buy the Edwards Brothers Property

Credit Courtesy Photo

A decision is expected Monday night as Ann Arbor officials debate whether they should buy a State Street Property or have it permanently removed from the tax rolls.  City Council is holding a special meeting to consider using a right of first refusal to buy the Edwards Brothers property.  

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Community
5:00 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Mixed Results from New Survey on Farming in Michigan

Michigan had a seven percent decline in farms from 2007 to 2012.  The U-S Department of Agriculture's farm survey found nationwide a four percent decline.  Overall Michigan declined from about 56,000 farms to just over 52,000 farms.

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