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
4:16 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Sorority House Fire Displaces University of Michigan Students

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

The American Red Cross was on the scene of a fire at a University of Michigan sorority house early Tuesday morning. No one was hurt and the cause of the fire at the Alpha Gamma Delta house is still under investigation.

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Community
1:16 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority Opens New Blake Transit Center [Photos]

The East end of the new Blake Transit Center.
Andrew Cluley 89.1 WEMU

While work is still underway, The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority opened the new Blake Transit Center today.

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Community
1:04 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Ann Arbor Celebrates St. Patrick's Day

A group leaves Conor O'Neills while celebrating Saint Patrick's Day.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Some Ann Arbor bars did more business by noon today than they do on a typical Monday, as the city celebrates Saint Patrick’s Day.

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Community
1:32 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Increasing Number of Michigan Residents Compete in Crossfit Open

Athletes train at Joust Strength and Fitness in Ann Arbor.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

A growing number of adults are competing in a wide variety of sports and Washtenaw County is no exception.  Nearly 200 people in the area are in the middle of competing in the Crossfit Open. 

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Community
4:38 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Michigan Basketball Success Helping Ann Arbor Bars and Restaurants

Ann Arbor area bars and restaurants were busier than normal at lunchtime today, as the University of Michigan began play in the Big Ten Basketball tournament.  Michigan escaped their first Big Ten Basketball Tournament game with a 64-63 win over Illinois.

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Community
2:49 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Jeff Daniels urges responsibility at Chelsea meeting

Signs along Main Street in Chelsea are urging Lyndon Township officials to reject the proposed sand and gravel operations. Up to 160 gravel haulers a day could pass these locations.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Lyndon Township’s planning commission isn’t expected to make a decision on a special land use permit for a sand and gravel mining operation until this summer.  About 30 people spoke out against the proposal as a public hearing wrapped up Thursday night.

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Education
1:59 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Community-wide Effort to Close Achievement Gap Subject of Public Meeting Saturday

A Community-wide effort is underway to close the achievement gap that exists in many area schools.  Ann Arbor’s chapter of the Link will host a public meeting Saturday at Washtenaw Community College to discuss what they already have in place.  

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Community
4:02 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

SnowBuddy Proposal to Clear Snow from Sidewalks in Ann Arbor Neighborhood

Sidewalks in Ann Arbor in various states of being shoveled.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

At least one Ann Arbor neighborhood may change the way snow and ice is removed from sidewalks next winter.  Ann Arbor businessman Paul Tinkerhess and others are working on the SnowBuddy concept to have a small tractor plow all of the sidewalks in the Water Hill neighborhood.  

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Community
3:48 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Lyndon Township Officials To Discuss Gravel, Sand Mining Proposal Again Tonight

Lyndon Township's Planning Commission tonight continues discussions on a proposed gravel pit and sand mining operation.  About 200 people attended a meeting last month on a special land use request from McCoig Materials for a site on M-52 across from Green Lake.  

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Community
6:53 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

After the Snow, Quiet Afternoon in Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor's Main Street remains nearly empty after the snow stops.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Downtown Ann Arbor is now basked in sunshine, and the sidewalks are cleared, but that doesn’t mean people are venturing out just yet.  Main Street remains a little quieter than normal Wednesday afternoon, following another snowstorm.

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Education
2:44 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Eastern Michigan University Hosts Panel Discussion on Education Achievement Authority

Panel discussion on Education Achievement Authority at Eastern Michigan University's Student Center.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

The head of Michigan’s Education Achievement Authority believes the data shows better performance by students in the program than they had in Detroit Public Schools.  Eastern Michigan University hosted a panel discussion on the EAA Wednesday. 

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the Education Achievement Authority panel discussion at Eastern Michigan University.

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Community
8:00 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Climate and Adaptation Focus of Sustainable Ann Arbor Series Meeting Wednesday Night

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor area residents interested in climate and adaptation can find out more about what’s going on locally tonight at the main Ann Arbor District Library.  The library and the city of Ann Arbor are hosting another forum in the Sustainable Ann Arbor Series.

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Community
6:47 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Great Lakes Unlikely to Set Ice Record, Ice Not Expected to Have Lasting Impact on Weather

Frozen Lake Michigan just south of Holland, MI last weekend.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

The Great Lakes pushed within a couple of points from setting a new record for the percent of frozen surface.  The 95 percent frozen mark set a record in 1979, now appears to be safe, and a University of Michigan scientist doesn’t believe there will be lasting weather impacts from the large amounts of ice, either. 

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Community
3:49 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Ann Arbor Little Caesars Store Brings Corprate Love Kitchen to Help Feed Homeless

People line up for pizza at the Little Caesars Love Kitchen outside the Washtenaw County Salvation Army in Ann Arbor.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

This has been a harsh winter for area homeless people and pushed shelters to capacity and beyond. 

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Community
11:53 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Average Home Value Up in All Washtenaw County Communities In 2014

Credit ewashtenaw.org

Washtenaw County saw the average home value increase by nearly 6 percent this year.  It marked the first time in years where every community in the county saw property assessments rise on average.  

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Health
11:49 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Michigan Highlights Rare Disease, With Fibromuscular Dysplasia Awareness Day

Credit hxbenefit.com

Michigan is highlighting a rare disease Tuesday in the hopes more doctors will be able to identify the issue.

Just under 1,000 patients are on Fibromuscular Dysplaisia registries.  

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Community
8:23 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Ann Arbor Housing Commission Hopes to Level Rebuild West-Side Housing Development

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

When the city of Ann Arbor closes on the sale of the old Y-lot $600,000 dollars will be transferred to the Ann Arbor Housing Commission to help finance renovations at the organizations five largest properties.  The projects are the first of the commission’s properties to transition from traditional public housing to a voucher based program. 

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Community
8:07 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Ann Arbor Police in Midst of 26 Weeks to Safer Streets Effort

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

The Ann Arbor Police Department is just over one-third of the way through a six month effort to increase pedestrian and motorist safety.  Almost 50 officers have worked overtime in the last two months specifically for the 26 Weeks to Safer Streets Program. 

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Community
6:31 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Ann Arbor Saline Road Project Coming Soon

Plenty of potholes line Ann Arbor Saline Road near I-94.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Potholes line roads throughout the area, but one particularly rough stretch will be the site of major improvements.   Construction starts at the end of the month on the stretch of Ann Arbor Saline Road near I-94.

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Community
4:12 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Ann Arbor Officials Use Social Media to Highlight Pothole Concerns

Credit City of Ann Arbor

A simple post on Facebook and Twitter highlights how big a problem Ann Arbor and the rest of the area are facing in dealing with potholes this winter.

Ann Arbor tries to fill potholes within 24 business hours of notification, but officials admit this year they are struggling in meeting that goal.

You can report a pothole to Ann Arbor by calling 99-HOLES.

(h/t City of Ann Arbor)

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Community
2:25 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Saline Far From Alone in Facing Issues Around Heroin, Substance Abuse

Prescription drug abuse continues to rise
Credit Flickr user another.point.in.time

A spike in heroin overdoses including several deaths followed by three teens being charged in the death of a Michigan State University student has turned the spotlight on Saline for drug use.  Washtenaw County officials however say the problem with heroin and other opiates is really a national epidemic. 

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Community
11:21 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Univeristy of Michigan Claims Outright Big Ten Title, Looking for More Basketball Success

Crisler Arena fans after a Michigan Wolverines men's basketball victory over the Duke Blue Devils men's basketball. (2008)
Credit flickr user gleηη / Creative Commons

The University of Michigan Men's basketball team clinched the outright regular season Big ten title with an 84-53 win at Illinois Tuesday night.  Work is still to be done with the Big Ten Basketball Tournament taking place next week in Indianapolis.  

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Education
1:29 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Thieves Steal Computers From Two Ann Arbor High Schools in Break-Ins

Credit Andrew Cluley

Thieves stole computers and equipment out of the media centers at a pair of Ann Arbor High Schools Monday night.  

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Community
12:04 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Ann Arbor City Council May Have Resolved Debate Over Public Art Program

Public art in front of Ann Arbor City Hall.
Credit Andrew Cluley

Ann Arbor will use general fund money to help the public art program transition to a new funding model, but over $940,000 in old percent for art funds are being returned to their original sources.  That’s the result of three resolutions passed by city council Monday night to hopefully end the long debate over the program.  

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Ann Arbor City Council resolving issues around the city's Public Art Program.

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Community
1:17 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Ann Arbor City Council Might Resolve Public Art Program Issues Tonight

Public Art in front of Ann Arbor City Hall.
Credit Andrew Cluley

Ann Arbor City Council may have finally found a way to move forward with the city’s public art program.  A series of three resolutions on tonight’s agenda could resolve the long-running debate over the issue.  

WEMU's Andrew Cluley previews three resolutions Ann Arbor City Council will consider tonight around the city's Public Art Program.

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