Andrew Cluley



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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STEAM at Northside
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

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
Andrew Cluley

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.

Ann Arbor Public Schools
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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
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

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
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

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
Wayne County Airport Authority

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
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

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
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

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

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
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

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
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

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. 

Blimpy Burger
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor area residents can once more get their Blimpy Burger fix.  The restaurant at Packard and Division closed over a year ago to make way for construction of a University of Michigan graduate student residence hall.  This morning's rain couldn't keep people away from the grand opening of Blimpy Burger's new location.


Many dog lovers in the Ann Arbor area may be howling with disappointment next week.  They will need to find a new place to let their four legged friends run free. The Swift Run Dog Park will be closed for repairs.

Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's plans for increased bus service continue to move forward.  The authority expanded service this summer on 19 routes, and additional enhancements are planned next summer.  The budget for the authority's fiscal year that started this week includes a focus on vital equipment purchases.

Ann Arbor Parking Meter
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For the first time in two years most parking rates in Ann Arbor could be going up in January. Downtown Development Authority board members say the increase is needed but some downtown business owners want more services in return. 

This includes better snow removal, planting flowers, and more removal of cigarette butts and litter.Jerusalem Garden owner Ali Ramlawi is concerned the price hike will continue the negative perception many have about parking in Ann Arbor. He questions the need for the increase. "Giving a holiday, maybe saying hey we made so much money lets give one day or three days during the Christmas season free parking.  Help encourage and not just saying well, listen, we can squeeze a little bit more out of this cause we can, cause this is where the lines intersect on the supply and demand chart," Ramlawi says.
Safehouse Center

October marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  It's a topic that's been in the news a lot this year with several professional football players involved in high-profile cases.  The director of SafeHouse Center believes society is taking the issue a lot more seriously.

Alex Hartley
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel is calling for a review of the school's in game safety procedures following quarterback Shane Morris continuing to play after suffering a concussion Saturday. In the statement Schlissel expressed extreme disappointment in the events surrounding the handling of the injury.  Students and Michigan fans want bigger changes in the athletic department.

Bob Guenzel

A well known name in Washtenaw County has been tapped to lead the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority until a new C-E-O is hired.  Former County Administrator Bob Guenzel is expected to run The Ride for about six months.


For nearly a decade officials in Dexter have been in the process of making the switch from a village to become a city.  Voters get a final say in November.  Some see it as an opportunity, while others are concerned with what could be lost.