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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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The Washtenaw County Democratic Party hosted a watch party Tuesday night for the first of two presidential democratic debates that will be hosted in Detroit.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan attended the gathering and has the story.


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Nearly 50 years ago, the world came to a stop when the first human walked on the moon.  It's a time in history that will once again be celebrated during this special anniversary.  As part of our Moon Landing coverage, 89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan interviewed a Washtenaw County resident about his experience with another Moon Landing mission.


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For over a century, a club in Ypsilanti has served as an outlet for local women to discuss literature.  Their history is as rich and interesting as the clubhouse they use for meetings.  89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan visited the Hidden in Plain Sight club and has the story.


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Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti Community Schools, and Washtenaw County have joined forces for an education initiative.  The program was announced Saturday morning.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan was there and has the story.
 


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Improving student enrollment was a main topic of discussion Thursday afternoon during an Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents meeting.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan was there and has the story.
 


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The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners hosted a special joint working session Thursday night to address the 1,4 Dioxane plume in the area.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan attended the meeting and has the story.


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To help empower entrepreneurship through inclusion, capital, and connection, the 2019 Intermitten Conference took place Tuesday at The Ark in Ann Arbor.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan was there and has the story.


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The City of Ann Arbor shut down the intersection of Main Street and Miller Avenue early Monday morning due to an accident involving a semi-truck and power lines.  89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan has the story.


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An Ypsilanti Township military veteran received a new roof Monday, thanks to the national Owens Corning Roof Deployment Project.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan was there and has the story.
 


Ypsilanti Township

Ypsilanti Township has joined over 300 communities in Michigan that have opted out of the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act.  That’s the new law that will allow recreational marijuana dispensaries to operate across the state.  89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan tells us why the township took this action and if it’s permanent.


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The Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber hosted an opioid crisis discussion Wednesday at Weber's Inn. 89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan was there and has the story.

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Ypsilanti's city council voted late Tuesday night to remove the Peninsular Paper Dam.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan was there and has the story.


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The City of Ypsilanti held is first city council meeting Tuesday night since Council Member Pete Murdock from the third ward passed away.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan was there and has the story.


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A student-run tech shop at Eastern Michigan University does more than help the general public repair computer problems.  It also provides an opportunity for low-income residents to own a computer.  As 89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan reports, by-and-large, the work takes place while Hidden in Plain Sight. 


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To help increase awareness about sexual assault, Eastern Michigan University's Police Department participated in Denim Day on Wednesday.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan has the story.
 


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Eastern Michigan University's Board of Regents approved a contract extension Tuesday afternoon with The American Association of University Professors, also known as the EMU AAUP.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan has the story.
 


Earth Day
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Ann Arbor's annual Earth Day Festival will take place on April 28th at the Leslie Science and Nature Center.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan tells what what attendees can expect. 
 

         

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that, in 2015, over 600,000 legal abortions were reported.  To reduce that number, members of the anti-abortion group, Created Equal, made a stop at Eastern Michigan University as part of a traveling campus tour.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan was there and has the story.


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Ever wonder what types of recipes were used for cooking over a century ago?  Thanks to a cookbook that's Hidden In Plain Sight at the University of Michigan, you no longer have to wonder and can recreate delicious recipes.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan has the story. 


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Residents were evacuated Thursday afternoon in Pittsfield Township after an explosion took place at the Ann Arbor Welding Supply company, near the intersection of Carpenter and Morgan Roads.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan was on the scene and has the story.
 


Eastern Michigan University
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Overall, parking citations issued at Eastern Michigan University increased by 31.5% from the fall of 2017 to the fall of 2018.


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Earlier this week, Washtenaw County raised the transgender flag to show support for the transgender community.  The act of inclusion was well-received by those who attended a special ceremony.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan was there and has the story.


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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." 


Ypsilanti Historical Society.

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. 


Eastern Michigan University
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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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