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Jorge Avellan

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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 says they could see a shortage of poll workers for the August state primary election due to the COVID-19 crisis. 

Families Against Narcotics / familiesagainstnarcotics.org

The Washtenaw Chapter of Families Against Narcotics, known as FAN, is using a different approach during the coronavirus pandemic to help those who are recovering from an opioid addiction.  

National Weed Day, or 4-20 how it’s known in the cannabis community, will be celebrated a bit differently this upcoming Monday in Washtenaw County.  

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Eastern Michigan University / emich.edu

Eastern Michigan University is kicking off its annual Digital Divas conference today.  There’s something different about it this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Saline Area Schools / salineschools.org

Saline Area Schools presented a diversity, equity, and inclusion strategic framework to its board of education.  The goal is to address racism at the district after some of their students made racist comments against African Americans earlier this year. 

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has extended the emergency child care services executive order for essential workers.  

Eastern Michigan University / emich.edu

Eastern Michigan University police officers are helping deliver meals for Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels.  

The Washtenaw County Health Department says there are confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases in most of the local nursing facilities.  

City of Ann Arbor / a2gov.org

The City of Ann Arbor continues to move forward with the Allen Creek Railroad Berm Project.  

Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive order that will provide financial relief for bars and restaurants.  WEMU’s Jorge Avellan tells us how this could benefit businesses in Washtenaw County during the coronavirus crisis. 

The Washtenaw County Elections Department expects to see an increase in absentee voters for the August state primary election because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Gas prices in Michigan continue to decline as residents stay home during the coronavirus pandemic.  

City of Ann Arbor / a2gov.org

The City of Ann Arbor continues to move forward with its “A2 Zero Carbon Neutrality Plan,” despite facing some challenges due to the COVID-19 crisis.


Washtenaw Intermediate School District / wisd.org

The Washtenaw Intermediate School District is now reviewing “Distance Learning Plan” proposals that will determine how local students will learn from home for the rest of the school year.  

Ann Arbor Public Schools / a2schools.org

The demand for food assistance at Ann Arbor Public Schools continues to grow during the coronavirus pandemic.  

Journey of Faith Christian Church of Ann Arbor / journeyoffaitha2.org

Christians across Washtenaw County will celebrate Easter Sunday this weekend in a new way.  WEMU’s Jorge Avellan reports.

Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor / annarborvineyard.org

Many churches in Washtenaw County will observe Good Friday this year online because of the coronavirus crisis.  

Washtenaw County / washtenaw.org

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has approved $3.2 million in COVID-19 relief.  

  SOS Community Services in Ypsilanti has expanded its services to help people in need during the COVID-19 crisis.

The University of Michigan’s Addiction Center says alcohol use could become an issue for some during the coronavirus pandemic.  

Ypsilanti City Council discussed a concern about the number of coronavirus cases coming from the city and Ypsilanti Township at last night's meeting.  

The coronavirus pandemic is not stopping Washtenaw County's Jewish community from observing Passover as the holiday gets underway today.  

Washtenaw County officials are considering allocating additional funding for COVID-19 response. 

Ann Arbor's city council approved a resolution Monday night that will protect some residents from being evicted during the COVID-19 crisis. 

Washtenaw County officials say it's essential to expand broadband service in the county.  

City of Ypsilanti / cityofypsilanti.com

The coronavirus pandemic has forced Ypsilanti's city council to meet online instead of in-person. 

Yard waste pickup in Ann Arbor is changing due to the coronavirus pandemic.   

Ann Arbor's city council will consider a resolution tonight that calls to protect some residents from being evicted during the coronavirus crisis. 

Ann Arbor Art Center / annarborartcenter.org

The Ann Arbor Art Center is offering free art resources on its website to help families get through the coronavirus pandemic. 

Destination Ann Arbor / annarbor.org

Destination Ann Arbor has launched an online COVID-19 toolkit to help local businesses and organizations affected by the coronavirus crisis.