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
8:11 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Improving Economy Spiking Interest For Developments In Ann Arbor

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

A proposed apartment building for active adults highlights a growing number of developments planned for Ann Arbor.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on an increase in development proposals for Ann Arbor, including an apartment building for Ann Arbor Saline Road near Main Street.

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Community
8:20 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Next Generation Autos To Be Tested In Ann Arbor

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A five mile test track on University of Michigan's North Campus may be the birthplace of the next generation of vehicles.  The Michigan Mobility Transformation Center hopes to be testing automated and connected vehicles by September.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the Michigan Mobility Transformation Center's test facility and what it may mean for southeast Michigan.

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Community
8:08 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Ann Arbor Parking Structure To Get Upgrades And Temporary Bus Station

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One of Ann Arbor's oldest parking structures is getting a $5 million update.  The Downtown Development Authority has approved an improvement plan for the building at Fourth and William.  

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on changes coming to Ann Arbor's 4th and William parking structure.

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Community
11:03 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Transit Millage Approved By Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Ypsilanti Township Voters

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Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority riders can expect later service hours coming in August after voters in three communities approved a new transit tax.  The More Buses campaign is declaring victory with about 70 percent of the votes supporting the measure.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on voters approving the AAATA transit millage.

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Education
9:37 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Ann Arbor Schools Again Offering Schools of Choice Seats

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Through June 2nd parents from across Washtenaw County can again apply for schools of choice seats in Ann Arbor Public Schools.  The district has gained about 600 students for next school year, but still hasn't filled all of the 750 choice slots initially offered.   

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the Ann Arbor Public Schools holding a second application period for schools of choice seats.
   
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Community
9:28 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Washtenaw County Commissioners To Consider Resolution Supporting Efforts To Raise Minimum Wage

President Barack Obama at the University of Michigan last month calling for an increase in the minimum wage.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

The Washtenaw County Commissioners will enter the minimum wage debate tonight as they consider a resolution supporting an increase.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports the Washtenaw County Commissioners are considering a resolution supporting efforts to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

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Community
9:18 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Ann Arbor Farmers Market Starting Wednesday Sales Again

Credit Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation

Asparagus will be the starring vegetable as Ann Arbor's Farmers Market Wednesday sales resume.  You can also expect to find meat, bread, and greens to eat, and a variety of plant starts to put in your garden. 

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports the Ann Arbor Farmers Market is starting Wednesday sales for the season.

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Community
4:54 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Election Day: AAATA Millage Question Before Voters in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

It’s Election Day for three Washtenaw County communities and the issue of enhanced transit service is at stake.  

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Community
4:54 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Ann Arbor May Remove Felony Question From Job Applications

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Convicted felons applying for a job with the City of Ann Arbor will have a little less to worry about. Ann Arbor City Council Monday night considers a resolution eliminating the Felony check-off box from municipal job applications. 

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Ann Arbor City Council considering a plan to eliminate the felony question from job applications.

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Community
4:50 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Ann Arbor Looking At Deer Population Concerns

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Northeast Ann Arbor residents have raised concerns about the deer population for some time, but council member Jane Lumm says the issue seems to have really spiked in the last couple of years.  City Council Monday night will consider a resolution to have the city partner with a variety of other organizations to develop a deer management plan.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Ann Arbor officials considering the first step towards managing the area's deer population.

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Community
4:43 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Over A Million Dollars Target For Tuesday's Give Local Ann Arbor Area

Credit Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation

Tuesday could be one of the biggest days in local fundraising history. 50 non-profits across Washtenaw County and Plymouth look to raise over $1 million.  

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Tuesday's Give Local Ann Arbor Area, which wraps up the 50th anniversary celebration for the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation.

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WEMU News
3:41 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Health Officials Urge Vaccinations Amid Surge in Pertussis Cases

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Vaccinate your child. As 89-One WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, That's the message from health officials after a record number of cases of Pertussis were recorded in 2013.   

 2013 was a record year, though not one to be happy about.  

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WEMU News
3:30 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Block Party in Ann Arbor Tonight

Tio's sponsors Cinco De Mayo block party in Ann Arbor tonight
Credit Tio's Mexican Cafe / twitter.com

Ann Arbor sure likes it's parties and another big one is on tap tonight. As 89-One WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, a local restaurant is sponsoring a Cinco De Mayo Block Party downtown.  

It is Cinco De Mayo today, and a local restaurant has big plans to mark the ocassion.

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Education
2:30 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Faculty Vote No Confidence In President, Washtenaw Community College Trustees Still Support Bellanca

Washtenaw Community College faculty has overwhelmingly approved a no confidence vote for the school's president, but she still has the support of trustees.    

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the no confidence vote taken by Washtenaw Community College faculty on President Rose Bellanca.

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Community
12:15 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Mixed Impacts Due To Record Ice Remaining On Great Lakes

Lake Michigan south of Holland this March.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ice still covers over 20 percent of the Great Lakes surface, following a winter that nearly saw records set for the total amount of ice coverage.  As one would expect Lake Superior leads the way with about 41 percent ice coverage, but even Lake Huron was still one-quarter ice covered this week.  

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on ice remaining on the Great Lakes, and what some of the impacts from the ice this winter may be.
  
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Community
6:09 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Lot Of Work Still Needed To Save Portion Of Willow Run Bomber Plant

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Smiling faces abound at the Yankee Air Museum as they are set to clear the first hurdle in saving a portion of the Willow Run bomber plant.  A lot of work however is still needed to achieve their goal.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the work still needed to save some of the historic Willow Run bomber plant as a sales agreement is expected shortly.

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Community
5:50 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Federal Grant To Help Ann Arbor Township Firefighters Breathe Cleaner Air

Credit Ann Arbor Township Fire Department

Fire Fighters in Ann Arbor Township will soon have cleaner air to breathe at the community's two fire stations. 

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on how a federal grant will help the Ann Arbor Township Fire Department.

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Health
7:06 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Procedure To Reduce Use Of Drugs In Treating Dementia Patients Developed In Michigan

Credit Courtesy Photo / University of Michigan Health System

A new treatment procedure developed in Michigan can handle the most disturbing symptoms of dementia with the use of fewer drugs.  

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the new 4 step procedure to treat dementia that reduces the use of drugs.

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Community
5:37 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Alternative Cab Options Come To Ann Arbor, And So Does Public Safety Concern From Some

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Ann Arbor area residents have a couple of new options to get around town, but the city’s taxi cab board has concerns.  The conflict between traditional cab drivers and new services like Uber and Lyft has come to Washtenaw County.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the concerns by some in Ann Arbor over the arrival of alternative cab options.

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Education
4:06 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Eastern Michigan University Preparing For Pease Auditorium Centennial Year

Eastern Michigan University will kick off a celebration of Pease Auditorium’s 100th anniversary tomorrow.  

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the kickoff to the Centennial Celebration for Eastern Michigan University's Pease Auditorium.

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Politics
12:26 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Transit Millage Opponents Say Defeating Ballot Issue First Step Towards More Efficient Transit

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Members of Better Transit Now say defeating next week’s transit millage is the first step towards improving Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority Service. 

Former AATA board member Ted Annis believes it will take time and likely require Ann Arbor City Council changing the make-up of the authority’s board.  Annis thinks a drive for more efficient service likely will require a shake-up at the AAATA.

Better Transit Now's Ted Annis explains why he thinks the AAATA needs a new CEO.

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Community
6:28 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Ann Arbor Ready For Trash Created By University Of Michigan Students Moving

Andrew Cluley 89.1 WEMU

As University of Michigan students prepare to leave town for the summer one common place to stop is the intersection of Oakland, East University, and Tappan.  The city of Ann Arbor has once more set up dumpsters for bulk recycling and trash in the area.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the trash and recycling drop-off point set up by Ann Arbor to handle University of Michigan students leaving town for the summer or moving to new housing.

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Community
5:54 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Personal Property Tax Reform Discussed At Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber Lunch

Michigan Chamber of Commerce Senior Director of Tax & Regulatory Reform Tricia Kinley, Michigan Manufacturers Association Vice President of Government Affairs Mike Johnston, and State Senator Rebekah Warren spoke at the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber Headline Lunch.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

For years Republicans and Democrats across Michigan have raised concerns about the state’s personal property tax.  Voters in August will decide if a solution to phase-out the tax and reimburse local governments can go forward.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber's Headline Lunch on the issue of Personal Property Tax reform in Michigan.

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Community
11:28 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Scio Township Residents Learning More About Possible Oil Exploration In Their Community

West Bay Exploration Vice President Patrick Gibson discusses his company and what they are looking at in Scio Township.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Several hundred people learned more about oil exploration and mineral rights leases at Scio Township Thursday night.  Township officials held an informational meeting at the Washtenaw Intermediate School District facility on Wagner with a variety of experts because West Bay Exploration has leases to explore about one-thousand acres in the township. 

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Thursday's meeting on oil and gas exploration in Scio Township.

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Community
1:27 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Michigan Runner Returning To Boston Marathon After Being Stopped Blocks From Finish Last Year

Area runners that train with PR Fitness and will be running the Boston Marathon Monday.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

An area runner will return to the Boston Marathon this year partly to show he will do what he wants to do and isn't letting fear stop him.  Police stopped John Farah just blocks from the finish line last year when the first bomb went off.  

Farah is one of about 30 area runners that train with PR Fitness and will be running the Boston Marathon Monday.  Farah thinks the race will be safe this year as he runs Boston for the 19th time.

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