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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Student Center
Eastern Michigan University / emich.edu

After racial graffiti was discovered on the EMU campus last fall, some students staged a sit-in demonstration, after hours, at the student center. Some of those involved have since been going through student code of conduct hearings, including Damajae Muray, 


Ann Arbor
Courtesy Photo / City of Ann Arbor

With the start of the new calendar year, Ann Arbor city council is preparing for a new fiscal year budget that begins July 1st. 

Ypsilanti
Courtesy Photo / City of Ypsilanti

As President-elect Donald Trump prepares for his inauguration, the City of Ypsilanti is also getting ready for his administration and is taking action.  


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

Hundreds of Washtenaw County residents will make their way to our nation's capital this weekend to patrticipate in the national Women's March for human rights.  Even more will march and rally here at home.


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

A student conduct hearing was held on Tuesday for one of the 15 Eastern Michigan University students identified as having participated in a peaceful sit-in at the Student Center last fall.  The protest was spawned by  racist graffiti discovered on campus. 


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

200 people participated in a Martin Luther King, Jr. march hosted by Ypsilanti Community High School students.  The event took place after students expressed racial and immigration concerns when Donald Trump was elected president last November. 


Ypsilanti
Courtesy Photo / City of Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti's city council amended its human rights ordinance to include immigration and gender identity.


American Center for Mobility
American Center for Mobility / acmwillowrun.org

By the end of 2017, the American Center for Mobility facility in Ypsilanti Township is expected to be up and running.  It will serve as testing facility for autonomous vehicles.  And as the North American International Auto Show is underway in Detroit, several of its participants spoke about the future of the center.


Ypsilanti District Library
Ypsilanti District Library / ypsilibrary.org

As students continue to protest at Eastern Michigan University, their movement could soon become a permanent part of our history.  The Ypsilanti District Library launched an African-American Oral History Archive last summer that has expanded since then.


Eastern Michigan University
Eastern Michigan University / emich.edu

Eastern Michigan University students released a video through social media to express how they feel about how the administration addresses race relations issues on campus. 


Gym
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

It's no secret that trying to lose weight and eat healthier are at the top of many people's New Year's resolution list.  An expert on the issue has the following tips.


Islam
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Islamophobia continues to affect many communities around the country, including right here in Washtenaw County.  Earlier this year, anti-Islam messages were written at the University of Michigan's Diag.  As the New Year approaches, local Muslims hope for a better future in 2017.


Deer
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

The City of Ann Arbor will roll out a deer cull once again early next year to help control their population.  


Ypsilanti
Courtesy Photo / City of Ypsilanti

The City of Ypsilanti will start the New Year looking for ways to improve its financial crisis.


Ann Arbor Restaurants
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Many of us take time off this week between Christmas and New Year's to spend time with family.  But those who work in the restaurant industry are getting ready for a busy week.


Kinara
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

African-Americans around the country, including right here in Washtenaw County, started celebrating Kwanzaa today.  This special time has many traditions and can impact the Black Lives Matter movement.


Meals on Wheels
University of Michigan / umich.edu

Meals on Wheels will provide a hot meal this Christmas to people in need in Washtenaw County.  Here's what to expect from the Ann Arbor chapter this holiday.


Ballot Box
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Washtenaw County will soon get reimbursed for the partial presidential recount it conducted earlier in December.  


1,4 Dioxane
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Washtenaw County, along with the city of Ann Arbor and the Huron River Watershed Council, will legally be able to intervene in discussions about the 1,4 Dioxane situation in our area.  


Washtenaw County
jimmywayne / flickr.com

A Washtenaw County Circuit Court judge will hear a motion this morning at 9AM regarding the 1,4 Dioxane situation in our area.  


Ann Arbor Public Schools
Courtesy Photo / a2schools.org

The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education is expected to appoint a new member tonight to replace Donna Lasinski.  Her seat became available after the November general election in which she won a seat in the state House of Representatives.   


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

Organizations such as the Downtown Association of Ypsilanti and the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office worked together to host a free community holiday dinner today.  The idea was to make sure everyone who needed it had a holiday meal this year. 
 


Washtenaw County Public Health
Washtenaw County / ewashtenaw.org

Washtenaw County, along with the its health department and health officer, has taken legal action on isses related to the area's 1,4 Dioxane contamination plume. 


Washtenaw County
Washtenaw County / ewashtenaw.org

After a federal judge cleared the way to stop a presidential recount in Michigan, the Washtenaw County Elections Division has stopped counting ballots.  


Flu Vaccine
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

It's National Influenza Vaccination Week, and the Washtenaw County Health Department says it's not too late to get your flu shot.  


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