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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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.  


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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.  


Ypsilanti Historical Society Archives

Women have played an important part in Ypsilanti’s 200 year-old industrial heritage.  During the late 19th century and early 20th century, women were hard at work in mills throughout the region. They worked for low wages while often standing for long hours in silence.  We took a history tour to reveal how important women were in developing a future for the Ypsilanti area. 


Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
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The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign is in full force in Washtenaw County.


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President Donald Trump announced today in Ypsilanti Township that he will roll back emission standards set by the Obama administration for the auto industry. 


Islam
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Local and federal authorities are still investigating a Saturday fire that destroyed the Islamic Center of Ypsilanti located in Pittsfield Township


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Weber’s Inn, to many, is one of Washtenaw County’s most iconic landmarks.  2017 marks its  80th anniversary.  We sent WEMU’s Jorge Avellan to find out  how Weber's has made it through eight decades of business and why it’s so special to many people.


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Ann Arbor city council tonight will revisit an immigration ordinance after postponing a vote on the measure last month.   


Homeless
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The 2017 Homeless Point-In-Time count, conducted by the Washtenaw County Continuum of Care, reveals there are still about 300 homeless people in the county.  It is an improvement over last year's figures, though. 


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Yousef Rabhi, representing the 53rd District, is one of three new State House Representatives from Washtenaw County.  We sent WEMU’s Jorge Avellan to spend a day with Rabhi and report on the work he’s doing on your behalf in Lansing.


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Yousef Ajin, the Ann Arbor father who was facing deportation, will be allowed to stay in the United States.  A rally was held before an immigration hearing took place.   


Ypsilanti
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The City of Ypsilanti's expanded human rights ordinance now protects immigration and gender identity.  


The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor

The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor is celebrating its 100th anniversary with an exhibit at the Ann Arbor Downtown Public Library.


Dentist
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More residents in our area are now eligible to receive services at the Washtenaw County Dental Clinic in Ypsilanti.  


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Frederick Douglass is one of the most iconic figures in American history, and, during the height of his career, he visited Ypsilanti to give three separate speeches.   We take a look back at his time in Washtenaw County, learn why he was here, and explore where he spoke.


Ann Arbor
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Ann Arbor's city council could soon call a session to continue discussing the future of the controversial city-owned property known as the Library Lot.  But those who oppose its sale for a high-rise development are still hopeful it could be used for a park.  


Yousef Rabhi
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Governor Rick Snyder presented a $56.3 billion budget for the State of Michigan's 2018 fiscal year.  But some Democrats, including a State Representative from Ann Arbor, are unimpressed.   


Ann Arbor
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Safety improvements around schools will be a main topic of discussion at tonight's Ann Arbor City Council meeting.  


Cathy Radovich

A suicide ends one life and  it forever alters the lives of family and friends. It is an issue that, despite increased awareness, is still discussed in hushed tones and often with stigma attached. On Tuesday, February 7th, the Washtenaw County Public Health Department will host a town hall forum on suicide prevention at the Learning Resource Center in Ann Arbor.  With that in mind, 89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan delves into the deeply personal impact of suicide and what measures are being taken to better protect at-risk lives in our community. 


Eastern Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University has been ranked one of the top "Military Friendly" schools in the nation for 2017. 


Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice
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The Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice in Ann Arbor is preparing to help those who may be affected by President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration. 


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The Presidents of the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University are standing with international students amid President Trump's Executive Order on immigration.  


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