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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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After being a staple in the City of Ann Arbor for over eight decades, the Fingerle Lumber Company will close its doors this weekend.  The closure will be bittersweet for many.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan spoke with one of the owners of the company and customers when he stopped by the store earlier this week. 


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Governor Gretchen Whitmer was one of the keynote speakers at a Workforce Pipeline Summit held Monday by the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan attended the event at Washtenaw Community College and has the story.
 


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Over 1,000 climate action rallies were held Friday around the world, including right here in Washtenaw County.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan attended one hosted by the Climate Action Movement at the University of Michigan and has the story.
 


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89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan found a business in Ypsilanti that produces something that's been around for thousands of years.  Now, with more flavor offerings and product lines, its popularity is only growing, thanks in part to a local compamy that has, for the most part, remained  "Hidden In Plain Sight." 


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Did you know that Ypsilanti’s New Jerusalem Baptist Church was originally built as a school for African-American students?  The First Ward School closed in 1919 after more than 50 years of operating in the era of “separate but equal.”  WEMU’s Jorge Avellan explores the history of the school, its connection to a landmark segregation case in Michigan, and where we stand on that issue 100 years later. 


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Nearly 11 months after Eastern Michigan University announced it would eliminate women's tennis and softball, a federal judge has ordered them to reinstate those programs.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan has the details.
 


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A small rally was held Tuesday afternoon after a black doll was found hanging from the shower rod of a dormitory bathroom at Eastern Michigan University.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan attended the rally.
 


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Hundreds of residents, politicians and community members in general gathered Monday in Dearborn for former Congressman John Dingell's visitation.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan attended and has the story.
 


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The student body president at Eastern Michigan University is asking a professor to resign after posting a racist acronym on social media last year.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan has the story.


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The third and final construction phase of Eastern Michigan University's science complex has been completed, and a dedication ceremony was held Thursday afternoon.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan attended and has the story.  
 


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Collaboration was a key message U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell delivered during a Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Chamber of Commerce luncheon Monday afternoon.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan attended and has the story.


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Political commentator, author, and journalist Keith Boykin was the keynote speaker Monday at Eastern Michigan University's Martin Luther King Jr.'s luncheon.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan attended and has the story.
 


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Car enthusiasts will peruse new and future vehicles at the North American International Auto Show over the next week. But, there is more to look at than just cars, SUV’s and trucks.  As 89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan discovered, Washtenaw County is helping lead the way and is on prominent display.  


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As part of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, dozens of universities are showcasing special projects.  Among them is Eastern Michigan University.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan attended the show during the press preview days and has the story.
 


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Eating healthier is usually among the top New Year’s resolutions as the holiday season comes to an end.  So, to make a bit easier for you, we spoke with local health and food experts to provide you with tips.   89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan has the story.

 


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Ypsilanti’s Meals on Wheels is known for keeping people in need from going hungry, especially senior citizens.  But thanks to a grant supported by the Glacier Hills Legacy Fund, the Washtenaw County organization will expand its services.  89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan has the story.


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Finding an apartment or house to rent is a difficult and stressful task in and of itself.  Add discrimination to the mix, and it becomes a nightmare.  89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan visited an Ann Arbor woman who has lived that experience.   


Eastern Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University's Board of Regents met Friday afternoon and gave the green light to move forward with a $16 million renovation project for its REC-IM building

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An anti-Semitic message was found on a student speech wall at Eastern Michigan University over the weekend.  

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An Ypsilanti man has taken his love for vintage discarded materials and has turned it into art.  But not just any type of art, he’s making robot-like creations out of them.  89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan paid a visit to his workshop to watch the process of unique creation.  


Eastern Michigan University
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In an effort to comply with Title IX requirements, Eastern Michigan University's athletics department hosted two meetings Tuesday afternoon to gauge interest in women's sports.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan has the story.
 


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Protests were held across the country Thursday evening after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned per President Donald Trump's request.  About 1,000 people gathered at the Federal Building in downtown Ann Arbor as part of the nationwide movement hosted by the Move On network.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan was there and has the story.


Eastern Michigan University
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Eastern Michigan University sent out an e-mail Wednesday to students and employees reminding them that the use of marijuana on campus is still prohibited.  The message was sent after voters in Michigan approved Proposal 1 that legalizes the recreational use of marijuana.

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Passion and politics. Development versus preservation.  Controversy, divisiveness, and even litigation.  All of it surrounds a relatively small parcel of land in downtown Ann Arbor.  What happens next with the so-called “Library Lot” will be decided on November 6th.  89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan has more on Ann Arbor’s Proposal A.


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Proposal 1 was the main topic of discussion at a breakfast hosted Wednesday morning in Ann Arbor.  That's the statewide proposal that would authorize and legalize possession, use and cultivation of marijuana products by individuals who are at least 21 years of age and older, and commercial sales of marijuana through state-licensed retailers.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan attended the event at the Kensington Hotel and has the story.


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U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow kicked-off a "Made in Michigan" tour across the state Monday and one of her stops was in Ypsilanti. 
 


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Over 130 people attended a panel discussion held at the downtown Ann Arbor Public Library branch Thursday night.  Proposal A, which will appear on the November 6th ballot in the City of Ann Arbor, was the topic of discussion.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan attended and has the story.
 


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Eastern Michigan University held a Board of Regents meeting Thursday afternoon where members of the public continued to ask the board to reinstate four sports programs they eliminated this year.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan was there and has the story.


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On November 6th, Ypsilanti Community Schools voters will decide a district request for funding through a new tax levy.  This is a “sinking fund” proposal.  It is somewhat different from an operating millage or bond issue request.  What’s the difference?  How would the Ypsilanti schools use the money, if approved?  89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan went looking for those answers.


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Voters in Ypsilanti are used to seeing their candidates run as Democrats.  That’s not the case this time around.  When the November 6th general election rolls around, voters in the city will find that four of the five candidate options for mayor are running as independents.  89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan wanted to find out why that is.  And, along the way, the candidates helped define some of the issues that drove them to run.  


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