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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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Washtenaw County / washtenaw.org

Later this week, Washtenaw County’s broadband task force is expected to release the results of a broadband study they conducted earlier this year.  


City of Ann Arbor / a2gov.org

The Ann Arbor Farmers Market reopened for the first time this past weekend since the COVID-19 crisis. 

City of Ann Arbor / a2gov.org

Ann Arbor’s city council will host a work session tonight to discuss a financial recovery plan as a result of the economic impact caused by COVID-19.  


The City of Ypsilanti has released information as to why they didn’t receive a federal CRISI grant that would’ve helped them build an Amtrak platform in Depot Town.


Eastern Michigan University released information regarding its planning process for the Fall 2020 semester.  


The City of Ann Arbor is in the process of creating a plan to make sure residents have social distancing options when it comes to being outdoors.  


City of Ypsilanti / cityofypsilanti.com

The City of Ypsilanti has partnered with Eastern Michigan University to make face masks.  


Washtenaw County / washtenaw.org

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has approved hazard pay for some of the county’s first responders as a result of COVID-19. 


The Ann Arbor Independent Community Police Oversight Commission continues to operate during the COVID-19 crisis.  Their focus has changed a bit during the pandemic.


Washtenaw Intermediate School District / washtenawisd.org

The Washtenaw Intermediate School District expects to receive less state revenue sharing this year as a result of COVID-19.  


City of Ypsilanti / cityofypsilanti.com

The City of Ypsilanti has created a housing expenditure program for residents who need financial assistance during the COVID-19 crisis. 


Washtenaw County / washtenaw.org

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners will discuss tonight how they may move forward with county operations amid a COVID-19 crisis.


To help continue addressing the opioid crisis in Washtenaw County during COVID-19, an Ypsilanti community health group continues to offer Narcan. 

City of Ann Arbor / a2gov.org

Ann Arbor businesses and residents who are struggling to pay their property taxes on time because of COVID-19 will get a break this summer. 


YMCA / ymca.net

Despite COVID-19, the Ann Arbor YMCA remains optimistic about offering summer camps in Washtenaw County this year.


City of Ypsilanti / cityofypsilanti.com

Ypsilanti’s city council will vote on a resolution tonight to create a housing expenditure program for residents who need financial assistance during the coronavirus pandemic. 


City of Ann Arbor / a2gov.org

Ann Arbor’s city council will consider a resolution tonight that would help businesses and homeowners who are struggling to pay their property taxes because of COVID-19.


The Washtenaw County Elections Department is offering a new service on their website for voters interested in voting absentee.  


Muslim Community Association of Ann Arbor / mca-a2.org

The Muslim community in Washtenaw County is currently observing Ramadan online instead of in-person because of the coronavirus pandemic. 


Growing Hope in Ypsilanti is offering a “Home Vegetable Garden Program” to senior citizens during the COVID-19 crisis. 


Eastern Michigan University’s Board of Regents has given the green light to sell the building that currently houses the College of Business


Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels / ymow.org

Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels has launched a new program called “Only a Ring Away” to help their clients during the COVID-19 crisis.  


The state deadline to start implementing “distance learning plans” for school districts during the coronavirus pandemic is April 28th. 


City of Ypsilanti / cityofypsilanti.com

The City of Ypsilanti is putting a hold on setting its budget goals for the next fiscal year until they have a better idea on how the COVID-19 crisis will impact their operations.  


Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority / theride.org

Ridership at the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority, also known as The Ride, has drastically decreased during the coronavirus pandemic.  


Washtenaw County / washtenaw.org

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners continues to consider options to house the homeless during the coronavirus pandemic.  


Ann Arbor’s city council discussed its budget proposal for fiscal year 2021 last night and how COVID-19 will impact it.


The City of Ann Arbor will host Earth Day activities on April 22nd, but it will be a virtual celebration this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Dentists in Washtenaw County have turned to teledentistry during the coronavirus pandemic to treat patients.


City of Ypsilanti / cityofypsilanti.com

Ypsilanti’s city council will discuss goals for the city and its 2020 fiscal year budget tonight


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