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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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
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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.  


Ballot Box
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

The Washtenaw County Elections Division is currently conducting a recount of the of the presidential election. 


Border-to-Border Trail
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

The City of Ypsilanti's non-motorized advisory committee has released information about some of its projects for next year.  


Jason Frenzel
Huron River Watershed Council / hrwc.org

The city of Ann Arbor has a new council member representing the first ward after council member Sabra Briere resigned to move to California.  


Ann Arbor Public Schools
Ann Arbor Public Schools / a2schools.org

Ann Arbor Public Schools is again considering changing the start time for its high schools.  


Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor Wiki / localwiki.org

Ann Arbor's city council is expected to appoint a new 1st ward council member tonight.


U-M vs. OSU
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

The Michigan Wolverines will play Ohio State tomorrow in Columbus.  Here's how busy it's expected to get.


Shop Small
U.S. Small Business Adminstration / sba.gov

Black Friday continues to play a big role in our local economy.  But another shopping day is also becoming very popular.


Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor Wiki / localwiki.org

A big construction project started today in Ann Arbor to rebuild a local road.  It's expected to last until August of next year.


Roundabout
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

The Washtenaw County Road Commission is ramping up its efforts to educate the public on roundabouts.  


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