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
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

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

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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Education
6:42 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

University Of Michigan To Lead Nuclear Non-Proliferation Effort

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

A 5 year $25 million dollar federal grant will help the University of Michigan lead a team of other universities and national laboratories conduct research and develop new technologies to work towards nuclear non-proliferation.  The National Nuclear Security Administration is funding the effort. Ronald Gilgenbach is chair of Michigan's Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences. Gilgenbach says the grant should benefit the community by bringing more graduate students to campus.

Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences Chair Ronald Gilgenbach discusses one way the community will benefit from U of M being chosen to lead an effort to stop the spread of nuclear weapons.

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Community
6:30 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

University of Michigan Spring Football Scrimmage Means Parking Restrictions

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor's normal game day parking restrictions will be in place on Saturday.  That's because the University of Michigan Mott Spring Football Scrimmage is scheduled for 2 PM.

Parking and vendor operations will be similar to a football Saturday game day in Ann Arbor, with special event no-parking restrictions in effect that day.

Admission to the spring game is free.  Complete details here.

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Community
6:18 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Ypsilanti Township Attack Believed To Be Tied To Same-Sex Marriage

The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department is looking for information related to an assault at Ypsilanti Township's Roundtree Apartments linked to recent same-sex marriages.  The attack took place Monday at around 6 PM.

The vicitim is in her late 20's and says she was punched in the face, knocked unconscious, then woke to being kicked in the torso.  She believes three males were involved in the attack.  The woman says the incident began with one of the men questioning if she was on the news because of her recent marriage.

One of the suspects is described as a white male, mid 20’s, 5’10 to 5'11 tall, heavy set, with a low or husky voice. The other suspects couldn't be identified.

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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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