Jorge Avellan

News Reporter

Jorge is an Emmy Award winning journalist who has more than ten years of experience covering Metro Detroit.   He started his career with the Spanish language television network Univision in Texas.   After an Univision executive saw him over a television news feed he was offered a job as a television news reporter in Detroit Michigan.  A few years later he moved on to English television, also in Detroit.   Jorge has covered every big news story in the last decade in Detroit from presidential visits, bankruptcy, city hall scandals, Super Bowl, World Series and of course the North American International Auto Show.  He also once flew inside a Red Bull Air Race stunt plane reaching speeds of up to six G-forces.   But his favorite stories to cover are people stories, the ones that residents get to tell their stories. Jorge is now thrilled to be reporting for 89.1 WEMU.  Email him him story ideas or tips!

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Senior citizens who live at the Cross Street Village apartments in Ypsilanti, the former site of Ypsilanti High School, are concerned they may have to leave their homes.  A regulatory rent control agreement that has provided affordable housing for them is expected to expire on August 31st.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan has been following this story and brings us this special feature.  


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It's been less than a week since Ann Arbor resident Heather Kendrick was crowned Miss Michigan, but the former Miss Washtenaw County is already hard at work. 


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The University of Michigan will launch a driverless shuttle service this fall on campus after testing it for six months at its Mcity research facility.
 


Nichols Arboretum

As part of its bicentennial celebration, the University of Michigan is hosting a self-guided walking tour that features historically or horticulturally important trees to the university. 
 


Logan Restaurant

Logan Restaurant in Ann Arbor is one of 57 establishments currently taking part in Ann Arbor's Restaurant Week.  In addition to welcoming regular customers, they're hoping to attract a specific group. 
 


EMU

Eastern Michigan University is one step closer to becoming 100% self-sufficient when it comes to producing electricity and heat for campus operations. 
 


Wikipedia Media Commons

Two cards with messages implying a need to return to a more "white" America were found today at Eastern Michigan University.  They carry a logo of "Alt-Right" and links to websites associated with that movement.


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The LPGA Volvik Championship is in full swing at the Travis Pointe Country Club in Ann Arbor.  We spoke with one of the golfers who is from Washtenaw County.
 


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The Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development will host its fourth annual legislative forum tonight at Eastern Michigan University.


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Every year, a number of surveys are released naming Ann Arbor as one of the best places to live in America.  The University of Michigan is an obvious draw to the city.  But,  Ann Arbor has much more than just the school to offer.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan went out to explore why some residents have chosen to make Ann Arbor home.  He returned with what is, essentially, a love letter to the city and its people.  


Ypsilanti's Water Street
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Voters in Ypsilanti will have another chance to decide in August if they want to approve the Water Street Debt Millage proposal.


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As the federal government looks into possibly cutting thirty-one percent of the Environmental Protection Agency's budget, a rally will be held on Monday at the EPA's office in Ann Arbor.  That's where the National Motor Vehicle and Fuels Emissions Laboratory is located.
 


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Schools in Ann Arbor may soon be able to raise chickens as part of their curriculum. 
 


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Rallies were held across the country today as part of May Day to show support for different groups and causes.  One took place at Eastern Michigan University as contract negotiations between part-time lecturers and the university continue. 
 

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Voters in the Ann Arbor school district will go to the polls tomorrow to decide a tax issue.  The district is asking approval of a measure to replace, extend and increase an existing sinking fund millage.  As 89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan reports, district officials have been holding community informational sessions to try and win support.


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A group of about twenty Eastern Michigan University part-time lecturers and their supporters rallied before the university's Board of Regents meeting today to protest possible cuts. 


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Remember when people use to turn to their record player to enjoy music?  Holding the sleeve and looking through booklets as the record played is an experience that slowly started to fade for some as technology improved.  But as 89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan reports, records are becoming more and more popular again these days, especially with events like National Record Store Day that will be celebrated April 22 in areas like Washtenaw County.


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Part-Time lecturers at Eastern Michigan University held a sit-in outside the university's president's office to protest possible cuts reported by their union.


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Washtenaw County administrator Greg Dill is going head-to-head with the city of Ann Arbor's administrator, Howard Lazarus.  


Allen Elementary School
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It was like the first day of school for 400 Ann Arbor Public Schools students Wednesday morning.  


Petition
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The “Citizens for Ypsi” committee is trying to get the Water Street Debt Retirement Millage back on the ballot after voters turned away a similar tax issue last summer.  


Allen Elementary School
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With just two months before the end of the school year, Allen Elementary in Ann Arbor will finally open its doors on April 12th.


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The Ann Arbor Police Department has a policy that prevents them from asking residents about their immigration status.  Now, city council wants to add a new measure.  


Photo provided by: Alma Wheeler Smith

Washtenaw County resident and politician Alma Wheeler-Smith has dedicated most of her life to helping others.  She has served the community in many roles:  school board member, county commissioner, state representative and state senator. Wheeler-Smith even declared candidacy for governor in 2010, but decided to end the campaign to prevent a split, progressive  vote in the Democratic primary.  WEMU’s Jorge Avellan made occasion to meet with Alma Wheeler-Smith at the county administration building in Ann Arbor. 


Immigrants' March
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A peaceful “Immigrants' March” is planned for Saturday in Ann Arbor.  The march and rally will serve as a protest to recent immigration raids and arrests in Washtenaw County by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.  


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