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
1:27 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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Community
5:14 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

University Of Michigan Class Led By Ann Arbor Mayor Hosting Forum Of Candidates To Be Next Mayor

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

The 4 Ann Arbor City Council members seeking Mayor John Hieftje's job will participate in a forum in his Ford School of Public Policy class Wednesday.  The forum set to begin at 1 in the afternoon in Weill Hall will be open to the public.   Hieftje says he doesn't know exactly what the students will be asking Sabra Briere, Sally Hart Petersen, Stephen Kunselman, and Christopher Taylor.

Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje discusses the types of questions his class at the University of Michigan's Ford School of Public Policy will likely be asking the four candidates to replace him.

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Community
3:58 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Construction Of Ann Arbor Skatepark Ramping Up Again After Winter Melts Away

Ann Arbor's Skatepark
Andrew Cluley 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor officials expect to have the construction schedule for the rest of the new skatepark set within the next week.  Park Planner Amy Kuras thinks the facility will be completed by the scheduled June 21st grand opening unless there are a lot of weather issues. 

Kuras says most of the remaining work is in two areas.

Ann Arbor Park Planner Amy Kuras discusses where work is still needed on the new skatepark.

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Community
6:58 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Interest in Ann Arbor Skatepark Growing

Ann Arbor's Skatepark
Andrew Cluley 89.1 WEMU

It's still a little over two months before the opening day for the new skatepark in Ann Arbor, but interest in skating already seems to be growing.  The skatepark's grand opening is set for June 21st, which is International Go Skating Day.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on increasing interest as Ann Arbor's Skatepark is set to open in a little over two months.

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Community
6:52 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Last Minute Tax Rush

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Tuesday's the deadline to file your taxes and plenty of people are still finishing, or just starting their paperwork.   

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WEMU News
12:52 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Power Outage Numbers Continue To Climb in Washtenaw County

DTE crews working on down wires along Fuller Court, near the VA Medical Center in Ann Arbor
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Windy conditions continue today and it's causing an increasing number of power outages. DTE Energy spokesperson Alejandro Bodipo-Memba tells WEMU about six-thousand Washtenaw County customers are without electricity. 

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Community
11:59 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Sheriff Clayton Wants Discussion On How To Fund Policing Across Washtenaw County

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Washtenaw County communities that contract with the Sheriff’s department for policing will likely see one percent increases in their bills in 2016 and 2017.  The County Commissioners vote on that proposal this week, but Sheriff Jerry Clayton is calling for a larger conversation on how law enforcement is funded. 

Clayton doesn’t believe the current model is sustainable.  He thinks a county-wide model could be designed to work for communities that contract with his department and those that have their own police departments.

Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton discusses how a county-wide funding model for policing could work for both communities with their own police department and those that contract for policing from his department.

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Community
7:10 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Ann Arbor's Main Street BIZ Could Expand, Result In More Sidewalks Cleared Of Snow

Sidewalks on Ann Arbor's Main Street quickly cleared after one of this year's many snowstorms.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Despite all of the snow this winter, the sidewalks along Main Street in downtown Ann Arbor remained easily passable for pedestrians.  That’s thanks in large part to the Main Street Business Improvement Zone, an effort where property owners have voluntarily agreed to pay more taxes for a variety of services. 

Ed Shaffran is President of The Shaffran Companies and chairman of the Main Street BIZ.  He says next month property owners on some neighboring streets will vote to see if the BIZ will expand.

Chair of Ann Arbor's Main Street Business Improvement Zone Ed Shaffran discusses why the zone may be expanding.

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Community
4:22 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

International Soccer Game at Michigan Stadium Sold Out

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Fans interested in attending the Manchester United-Real Madrid game at Michigan Stadium will likely need to turn to the secondary market if they don't have tickets yet.

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Education
7:25 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Ann Arbor Public Schools To Send Schools Of Choice Notifications By Early Next Week

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor Public Schools officials say they are pleased with the number of schools of choice and young fives applications the district received.  The exact number of applicants won’t be released until next week after all of the applications have been processed and seats are filled.  

Director of Communications Liz Margolis says they have to let parents know by Tuesday or Wednesday the status of applications.

Ann Arbor Public Schools Director of Communications Liz Margolis discusses how schools of choice applicants will be notified of their status.

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Education
4:30 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Ann Arbor Public Schools Credit Rating Lowered

Standard and Poor’s has lowered the Ann Arbor Public Schools credit rating from AA-Plus to A-Plus.  The downgrade came after the district used more reserves than originally anticipated this fiscal year. 

Communications Director Liz Margolis says it’s the second downgrade in the last couple of years, but they shouldn’t continue.

Ann Arbor Public Schools Director of Communications Liz Margolis discusses why further credit rating downgrades aren't anticipated.

In a statement Superintendent Jeanice Swift says they have in place a solid financial plan to improve fiscal stability.  Swift highlights efforts to increase revenue through attracting more students while also taking steps to decrease expenditures without reducing services for students.  She believes these moves will help the district begin to rebuild fund balance within a reasonable time.

According to Margolis efforts to increase enrollment appear to be working and the district should be able to increase fund equity next year.  She believes this combined with contract concessions the district is working on should lead to higher credit ratings.  Margolis adds since the district has no plans to sell bonds now she doesn't anticipate an immediate financial impact from the credit downgrade.

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Community
11:47 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Ypsilanti Township Residents Looking For Housing After Apartment Fire

Fire damage at the Towsley Apartments in the 400-block of North Harris Road in Ypsilanti Township.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

One-third of the units in an Ypsilanti Township apartment building are considered a total loss after an early morning fire. Six of the 18-units at Towsley Apartments in the 400-block of North Harris Road were destroyed.  A building inspector will have to determine whether the rest of the units are still habitable, but for the time being those residents have also been required to leave.

Resident Mark Whitaker says the future for the complex is uncertain but all residents are looking for housing in the short term.  

Towsley Apartments resident Mark Whitaker discusses the uncertainty following this morning's fire.

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Community
10:59 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Ann Arbor Accepting Plate Scraps In Compost Carts

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Plate scrapings are now being accepted in Ann Arbor composting carts.  The city added the food scraps this year after a study of residential trash found about half of it was food that could be composted.

  

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Ann Arbor accepting plate scraps in compost carts.

  

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Community
10:47 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Library Green Supporters Hope For Progress On Park After City Council Sets Size

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Members of the Library Green Conservancy are hopeful Ann Arbor City Council actions will help people work together to develop a park above the city’s underground parking structure.  Last month council approved 65-hundred to 12-thousand square feet to be used as a park, but that’s now been revised to approximately 12-thousand square feet.

Library Green Conservancy member Will Hathaway thinks everyone wants the same goal, a quality park above the underground parking structure.

Will Hathaway of the Library Green Conservancy discusses the future of the land above the underground parking structure.

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Community
11:56 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Pros And Cons Of Transit Millage Discussed At League Of Women Voters Forum

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

About 150 people packed the downtown Ann Arbor Library’s multi-purpose room to find out more about the proposed point-seven mill transit tax last night.  Supporters of the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority millage appeared to outnumber critics at the League of Women Voters forum. 

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the League of Women Voters community forum on the proposed Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority millage.

    

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Community
12:28 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Senior Groups Supporting Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority Millage

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

With the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority Millage vote now less than a month away a wide variety of groups have endorsed the effort, including several agencies that work with seniors.  As Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Ypsilanti Township consider a point-seven mill tax to pay for expanded Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority service, senior groups have consistently come out in support. 

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the Ypsilanti Senior Center supporting the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority Millage.

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Community
12:07 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Ann Arbor City Council To Consider Resolution Urging State Drop Appeals To Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor City Council is set to ask state officials to drop appeals to the court ruling that briefly allowed same-sex marriages to take place.  Council tonight will consider a resolution urging Governor Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette to suspend efforts to contest Judge Bernard Friedman’s ruling.  

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Community
12:53 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Soccer Powers Manchester United And Real Madrid To Play At Michigan Stadium

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Two of the biggest teams in soccer will meet this summer at Michigan Stadium.  Manchester United will take on Real Madrid in Ann Arbor on August 2nd, as part of the Guinness International Champions Cup.  

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Community
12:57 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Making A Foolish Weekend For Ann Arbor, FoolMoon And Festifools

FestiFools Studio
Andrew Cluley 89.1 WEMU

University of Michigan students have been hard at work the last six weeks in a studio at the back of the university’s public safety building preparing for Ann Arbor’s foolish weekend.  Most of the large puppets that are the heart of Sunday’s Festifools come from students most of who aren’t art students.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the making of FestiFools and FoolMoon.

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Community
5:36 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Hash Bash Returns To University Of Michigan Diag Saturday

The founder of Michigan Moms United to End the Drug War Charmie Gohlson is thrilled that 14 communities in the state have passed laws to legalize or make marijuana the lowest priority for law enforcement.  Gohlson will be one of the emcees for the 43rd annual Hash Bash at the University of Michigan Saturday.  

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Community
5:32 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Cinetopia Film Festival Growing In Its Third Year

The third annual Cinetopia International Film Festival will include a greater presence in Detroit. About 100 screenings will be split equally between Ann Arbor and Detroit for this year's festival which runs from June 4th through the 8th.   

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Community
5:14 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Foolish Weekend On Tap For Ann Arbor

Some of the old FestiFools puppets in the FestiFools Studio.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Expect plenty of foolishness in Ann Arbor this weekend, with FoolMoon Friday night, and Festifools taking over Main Street Sunday afternoon.  Several hundred illuminated decorations are expected to be part of the FoolMoon processionals Friday evening around eight.   

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Education
4:58 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Clague Middle School Students Learn About Online Safety

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

The internet provides a powerful tool for students tying to learn, but can also pose big security risks. Officials with Google brought their "Good to Know School Roadshow" to Clague Middle School Thursday to help students avoid dangerous online behavior. 

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Community
12:46 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Ann Arbor Y Lot Sale Closes

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While most attention was being paid to President Barack Obama visiting Ann Arbor Wednesday, an important sale was completed.  Dennis Dahlmann the owner of the Campus Inn and the Bell Tower Hotel completed the purchase of the former Y-M-C-A lot on South Fifth Avenue. 

City Administrator Steve Powers thinks the sale is a positive in two ways.

Ann Arbor City Administrator Steve Powers discusses a couple of benefits of the sale of the former Y-M-C-A lot.

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Community
6:10 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

President Obama Gets Good Response From University Of Michigan Students

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President Barack Obama got a positive response from University of Michigan students as he discussed a hike in the minimum wage.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on President Barack Obama's visit to Ann Arbor to push for a hike in the federal minimum wage law.

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