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
4:15 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Washtenaw County Considering Refinancing Bonds To Save Nearly $800,000

Washtenaw County continues to pay about $1.6 million annually on bonds issued to fund the county jail construction project about eight years ago.  The county is now considering refinancing the bonds at a lower interest rate to save about $800,000 over the remaining life of the bond issue.   County Administrator Verna McDaniel thinks it's another case where small savings can build up to a big difference.

Washtenaw County Administrator Verna McDaniel discusses how small annual savings will result in big overall savings.

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Education
1:56 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Eastern Michigan University Hires Firm To Help Manage Investments

Eastern Michigan University has chosen NEPC to manage the school's $58 million endowment fund. The firm was chosen from nine companies that responded to a request for proposals in November. 

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Community
11:33 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Planning Commission To Consider Ruth's Chris Plan, Drive-Thru Facilities Change Tuesday

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor's Planning Commission Tuesday will consider the site plan for a proposed restaurant on Fourth Avenue, as well as a change to the zoning ordinance regarding drive-thru facilities. 

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Community
11:06 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Ann Arbor Huron High School Student Honored for Tsunami Relief Efforts

Ann Arbor Huron High School senior Andy Hsiao is a Distinguished Finalist for Michigan in the 2014 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.  Hsiao was presented with an engraved bronze medallion for the honor this morning.

Hsiao raised nearly $6,000 through T-shirt sales and a benefit concert for victims of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.  Since then, he founded Youth Impact, a club that helps to raise money and awareness for charitable organizations with events and projects that are created and implemented by young people.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, conducted by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), represent the United States’ largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. All middle and high schools in the U.S., along with all Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and affiliates of HandsOn Network, were eligible to select a student or member for a local Prudential Spirit of Community Award last November. Two State Honorees—one middle and one high school student—plus a select number of Distinguished Finalists from each state and the District of Columbia were selected based on criteria such as personal initiative, effort, impact and personal growth. 

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Community
1:02 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Jerusalem Garden Moving To Old Seva Site

Long time Ann Arbor restaurant Jerusalem Garden is moving later this year to a new larger location.  The restaurant announced Sunday through their Facebook page they will take over the former Seva Restaurant site at 314 East Liberty.

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Education
12:47 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Ann Arbor Public Schools Deadline For Schools Of Choice Applications Is Tuesday

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor Public Schools hopes for a boost in enrollment through schools of choice are down to the final days.  Tuesday at five is the deadline for applications to be completed.  

The district made 750 schools of choice seats available this year and the more students that come to the district the smaller the projected budget shortfall will be for the fall. 

Superintendent Jeanice Swift says it's hard to know the final number of school of choice kids that will come to the district.

Ann Arbor Public Schools Superintendent Jeanice Swift talks about the challenge in knowing how many schools of choice students the district will get in the fall.

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Politics
12:32 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Ann Arbor City Council Races Starting To Take Shape

Credit City of Ann Arbor

The potential number of contested Ann Arbor City Council primaries continues to grow.  While only incumbent first ward city council member Sumi Kailasapathy is officially set to appear on the August Democratic Primary ballot now, eight other people have pulled petitions.

  

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Education
12:42 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Third Annual Ann Arbor Marathon Sunday

Credit Courtesy Photo / Ann Arbor Marathon

Runners will hit the streets of Ann Arbor Sunday morning for the 3rd annual Ann Arbor Marathon, half-marathon, 5-K and 1.2 mile run.  The first two Ann Arbor Marathons took place in June, but this year it has been moved to March based on feedback from runners.

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Education
12:29 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Community Members Open To Ann Arbor Public Schools Proposition To Deal With Budget

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Plans to close Ann Arbor Public Schools estimated $10.7 million budget shortfall for next year without cutting in the classroom is getting positive responses from the community.  Superintendent Jeanice Swift was at Scarlett Middle School last night talking about the budget and getting community feedback.

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Education
12:15 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Ann Arbor Schools Holding Open House For Pre-K Options

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor Public Schools officials hope to get more pre-kindergarten aged kids registered for programs in the district this weekend.  The district is holding an Open House at the Preschool and Family Center Saturday from 10 until 2.

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Community
5:00 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Homegrown Local Food Summit On Monday

Credit Courtesy Photo / HomeGrown Local Food Summit

This year's Homegrown Local Food Summit will focus on many cultures one movement.  The summit is Monday at Washtenaw Community College with a potluck and a screening of a film about Grace Lee Boggs one of the headliners for the event on Sunday.   

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Community
5:32 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Ann Arbor Woman Devastated Her Wedding Won't Be Recognized

Wrapping up the paperwork on Washtenaw County's first legal same-sex marriage.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

An Ann Arbor woman is devastated and questioning why she should stay in the state now that Governor Rick Snyder says Michigan won't recognize her marriage that took place last weekend.  

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Community
12:20 am
Wed March 26, 2014

2014 Ann Arbor Film Festival Begins

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

The 52nd annual Ann Arbor Film Festival kicked off last night at the Michigan Theater with a variety of short films, including three North American premieres and a world premiere.

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Community
12:07 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Cold Weather Delaying Start Of Ann Arbor-Saline Road Construction Project

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

The road construction project on Ann Arbor-Saline between Eisenhower and Oak Valley Drive that was expected to start next week won’t get going for another couple of weeks or so because the ground remains frozen. 

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Education
5:37 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Eastern Michigan University Students Continue Protests Against Education Achievement Authority

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Some Students and faculty at Eastern Michigan University continue to speak out against the university’s contract with the Education Achievement Authority. 

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Education
2:34 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Room And Board Rates At Eastern Michigan University To Increase By 4 Percent In The Fall

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Eastern Michigan University is raising room and board rates by 4 percent for next school year.  The Board of Regents approved the hike Tuesday in efforts to cover increased maintenance and food costs.

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Community
6:05 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

U-S Air Force Band Coming to Eastern Michigan University in April

Credit Courtesy Photo / United States Air Force Band

The U.S. Airforce band will present a free concert at Eastern Michigan University's Pease Auditorium  on April 9th.  Along with the band, 18 professional vocalists called the Singing Sargeants will also perform.

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Community
2:28 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

State Rep. Jeff Irwin Wants Appeals of Same Sex Marriage Ruling Dropped

Wrapping up the paperwork on Washtenaw County's first legal same-sex marriage Saturday morning.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Michigan State Representative Jeff Irwin thinks Attorney General Bill Schuette is wasting tax payer dollars trying to defend the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

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Community
1:33 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Growing Number of Washtenaw County Residents Competing in Crossfit Open

Athletes training at Joust Strength and Conditioning practice deadlifts.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Nearly 200 people in the area are seeing where they stack up against the rest of the world in the Crossfit Open, which claims to be seeking the fittest on Earth.  The vast majority have no thoughts about advancing to the regional or world games, so why does the number of participants continue to grow?

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Community
12:42 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Ann Arbor To Announce Plans This Week to Address Parking, Traffic Concerns Near Argo Canoe Livery

Plenty of parking at the Argo Canoe Livery on a rainy day in March while the Huron River is still mostly frozen. That hasn't been the case frequently in warmer months.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

The popularity of the Argo Cascades and other activities on the Huron River has also posed parking and traffic problems around the Argo Canoe Livery.  Ann Arbor officials Wednesday will share proposed solutions to these issues.

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Developing
12:01 pm
Sat March 22, 2014

Washtenaw County's First Legal Same Sex Marriages Take Place

Finishing up the paperwork on the wedding of Elizabeth Patten and Johnnie Terry. Washtenaw County's first same sex marriage.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

UPDATE 5:40 PM

By Patrik Holubik

The US 6th Circuit of Appeals has issued a stay until Wednesday on the decision to strike down Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage.  

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Community
10:38 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Wurst Challenge Exceeds Expectations for FLY Children's Art Center

A 20 foot bratwurst used in the Wurst Challenge.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Some stomachs may be hurting this morning, but the FLY Children’s Art Center is in a better position thanks to the first ever Wurst Challenge at Ypsilanti’s Wurst bar. 

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Community
5:17 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Humane Society of Huron Valley Looking for Information on Abused Dog

Credit Courtesy Photo / Humane Society of Huron Valley

The Humane Society of Huron Valley is looking for information about an abused dog.  The approximately four month old pit bull mix was found Wednesday evening near Gottfredson and Geddes in Superior Township.  A silver van was seen near the dog.  

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Community
4:37 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Ypsilanti Township to Consolidate Several Precincts for May 6th Election

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

A proposed point-seven mill tax to increase Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority service is the only issue on the May 6th ballot in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Ypsilanti Township.  To save the A-A-A-T-A some money Ypsilanti Township officials will be combining several precincts to limit the number of poll workers needed.

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Education
1:04 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Ann Arbor Public Schools Begin 2014-15 Budget Talks

CFO Nancy Hoover gives the school board a presentation on Michigan public school finance and its impacts on Ann Arbor Public Schools.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor Public Schools Superintendent Jeanice Swift says the district will innovate its way through next year’s budget.  The school board began budget discussions Wednesday night with a work session.

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