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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Ypsilanti Housing Commission

The Ypsilanti Housing Commission has received $90,000 from the Kresge Foundation and other groups like the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, KeyBank and Goldman Sachs. The funds will allow help provide a social worker to work one-on-one with low income families in need. 


The Ann Arbor Summer Festival
Courtesy Photo / The Ann Arbor Summer Festival

The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs has awarded $9.65 million in grants to various cultural groups in the State. 

Groups in Washtenaw County received a total of $891,055, the third highest amount in the state of Michigan. This was approximately a 19% increase from previous year's total of $749,984 to fund arts and cultural programs in the area.

a2gov.org / City of Ann Arbor

Plans to redevelop an affordable housing building in Ann Arbor for more than $6.5 million have received the green light by the Ann Arbor city council.  

Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners
Jorge Avellan / 89.1 WEMU

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners approved a Community Support and Treatment Services budget that will allow the county to continue to offer mental health services, but it won't stop layoffs.

Visit Ypsilanti

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has postponed at vote on whether to merge the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti convention and Visitor's Bureaus.

It's official, it's now illegal to feed deer in Ann Arbor.  The Ann Arbor city council voted in favor of the ban to prevent deer from damaging residential gardens and landscaping. 

courtesy AAPS / Ann Arbor Public Schools

Ann Arbor Public Schools students are back in school starting today.

Kevin Leeser / courtesy photo

Kevin Leeser filed and got approved for what's known as a "declaration of intent" of write-in candidacy. Leeser will run against candidate Chip Smith in Ann Arbor's 5th Ward city council general election in November.


City of Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor City Administrator Steve Powers has announced he will turn in a letter of resignation on September 15th.

courtesy AAPS / Ann Arbor Public Schools

The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board and teachers union have reached an agreement, just before the start of the 2015-2016 school year slated to begin on Tuesday, September 8th.

recycleannarbor.org

 The City of Ann Arbor is always looking for ways to become more environmentally friendly and eliminate waste. In its efforts, Recycle Ann Arbor was recently awarded $51,500 in grants by the State of Michigan for two educational programs. 

It's back to business as usual on the the Facebook pages of the University of Michigan football and basketball teams after they were hacked twice in one day.  University officials say they still don't know how it happened but have apologized to the two million followers who may have caught a glimpse of the pictures of scantily clad celebrities.  

Eastern Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University has finalized the purchase of the Holy Trinity Chapel on West Forest Avenue in Ypsilanti for $940,000. The university plans to use the site as the new home for The Honors College. That college has doubled in size since 2011 and now has a total of fourteen hundred students. The last time EMU bought an off-campus building was in 2009 when it acquired Fletcher Elementary School.    

Influenza vaccine
Center for Disease Control/ Wikimedia Commons

With less than a month before most students in Washtenaw County go back to school, public health officials recommend parents to get their children immunized.  

Jorge Avellan / 89.1 WEMU

Two Ypsilanti children decided to start a lemonade stand to raise money, but the funds won't go to buy toys or anything like that.

Jorge Avellan / 89.1 WEMU

Voters have sent Incumbent Ann Arbor City Councilman Stephen Kunselman to defeat.   


Jorge Avellan / 89.1 WEMU

Voters in Ann Arbor's 5th Ward have decided to send Chip Smith  to city council. Smith beat the incumbent, Mike Anglin by more than 300 votes. 


City of Ann Arbor / www.a2gov.org

Ann Arbor City Council Incumbent, John "Jack" Eaton, cruises to a 4th Ward win in the primary.  


Jorge Avellan / 89.1 WEMU

It's another two year term representing the 1st Ward on Ann Arbor City Council   for Sabra Briere. 


 From now until August 7th United Way of Washtenaw County needs your help to collect schools supplies for their "Stuff the Bus" campaign.  

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Voters in Ann Arbor head to the polls tomorrow for the city council primary elections. There are contested races in four of the city's five wards. However, the 2nd ward will be decided in November. Leading up to the race, the candidates have been addressing a number of issues including public safety, development, transportation and infrastructure. Here, we take a look at at the 1st and 4th ward races. 

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Voters in Ann Arbor head to the polls tomorrow for the city council primary elections. There are contested races in four of the city's five wards. However, the 2nd ward will be decided in November. Leading up to the race, the candidates have been addressing a number of issues including public safety, development, transportation and infrastructure. Here, we take a look at at the 3rd and 5th ward races.

We’re just a day away from another election day in Washtenaw county.  This primary election will only affect those who are registered to vote in Ann Arbor. There will be a total of 8 council candidates in 4 races on August ballot. Here you will find information from WEMU's Jorge Avellan on each of the contested races.

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