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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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The Washtenaw County Elections Department continues to see an increase in voter registration.  

A2Y Regional Chamber

The Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber says that as more and more people get vaccinated for COVID-19 in Washtenaw County, local businesses may see an increase in revenues.  

City of Ypsilanti

Civil and social justice issues are expected to be included in goals and objectives Ypsilanti’s City Council is beginning to prepare for the fiscal year 2021/2022.  


While the pandemic had a major financial impact in 2020 on the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority, also known as TheRide, service will not be cut this year.  

Ypsilanti Community Schools

With the help of Eastern Michigan University, the United Way, and other local groups, Ypsilanti Community Schools will open an in-person Learning Lab on Monday January 11th.  

Washtenaw County

While many of Washtenaw County employees are working remotely right now because of the pandemic, the county is prepared for when employees return to work in person.  

University of Michigan

The Black Student Union at the University of Michigan says more people may be inspired to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 18th because of the current racial climate being felt across the country.  

Shelter Association of Washtenaw County

The Shelter Association of Washtenaw County has added a fourth overnight shelter to its list of winter locations to keep up with the demand during the pandemic.  

Jim Toy Community Center

The Jim Toy Community Center will close its brick-and-mortar office space at Braun Court in Ann Arbor by the end of January.  


The annual winter commuter challenge known as "Conquer the Cold" will be a bit different this year because of the pandemic.  

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Ypsilanti Township provides curbside Christmas tree disposal service to its residents but arrangements must be made ahead of time.  


Out of the 10 school districts that are part of the Washtenaw Intermediate School District, only two currently offer in-person instruction options.  

City of Ann Arbor

During Monday night's January 4th Ann Arbor city council meeting, council will vote on a resolution that, if approved, will distribute a draft plan of the Ann Arbor Moving Together Towards Vision Zero plan to nearby municipalities and other stakeholders.  


Health experts say you may want to consider getting tested for COVID-19 if you attended large, in-person family gatherings over the holiday break.  

Hope Clinic

To help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the Hope Clinic in Ypsilanti wants to be among the local medical clinics that offers the COVID-19 vaccine.  

Ypsilanti Meals On Wheels

Ypsilanti’s Meals on Wheels has seen a drastic increase in the number of people they’re serving since the pandemic started.  

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The Washtenaw Chapter of Families Against Narcotics, also known as FAN, says, now more than ever because of the pandemic, it’s important to reach out to friends and family who are battling addictions like alcohol or drugs.  

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The Ann Arbor Main Street Area Association is encouraging residents to consider having their New Year’s Eve dinner catered this year to support local businesses during the pandemic.  

Destination Ann Arbor

The pandemic has prevented many families from traveling during the holidays, but the convention and visitors bureau Destination Ann Arbor recommends for residents to consider staycations.  

Ypsilanti District Library

The Superior Township Planning Commission has approved a final site plan for a new library branch the Ypsilanti District Library will build in that township. 

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Local health experts say that school districts that are considering offering in-person instruction during the pandemic need to be ready to implement safety measures when they re-open their doors. 

Ypsilanti Meals On Wheels

Ypsilanti’s Meals on Wheels plans to play a role in informing local residents about the COVID-19 vaccine.  

City of Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor’s city council has approved two rounds of water rate increases. 

Ann Arbor Public Schools

With an increase in COVID-19 cases, as of now, Ann Arbor Public Schools plans to continue using a virtual learning model.  

City of Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor residents currently have four drop-off sites available to them to discard their Christmas trees.  

University of Michigan

The University of Michigan has developed a comprehensive plan to address COVID-19 concerns for its upcoming 2021 winter term.  


The Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority has released findings from a Healthy Streets pilot project it implemented in September to create more space for social distancing during the pandemic.  

Washtenaw County Health Department

Ann Arbor Public Schools continues to receive requests from many parents about options for in-person learning during the pandemic.  Meanwhile, the Washtenaw County Health Department is serving as a resource for the district as it continues to monitor the situation.  

A2Y Regional Chamber

52nd District State Representative Donna Lasinski from Washtenaw County was the featured speaker at the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber’s annual Impact event, held virtually this year on December 18th.


Instead of its regular in-person ceremony, Eastern Michigan University’s December commencement will be held virtually this Saturday, December 19th, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.