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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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During Tuesday night's December 1st Ypsilanti city council meeting, council will discuss a proposed development project for the vacant, city-owned property known as Water Street.  

Washtenaw County Road Commission

The Washtenaw County Road Commission says drivers need to take it slow on the road as we’re expected to get between 2-3 inches of snow during the next 24 hours.  

Wiki Commons

As Cyber Monday gets underway, the Ann Arbor Main Street Area Association is encouraging consumers to shop local. 


If you believe you were exposed to COVID-19 after attending a gathering over the Thanksgiving holiday break, you may not want to get tested right away.


As a result of the new COVID-19 state guidelines that prohibit indoor dining, Weber’s Restaurant in Ann Arbor is focusing on carryout orders this Thanksgiving Day.  

Wiki Commons

The University of Michigan’s Maize and Blue Cupboard has seen an increase in food assistance demand before the Thanksgiving holiday.  

City of Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti’s city council is one step closer in filling the Ward 1 vacancy on council.  

Ann Arbor Meals On Wheels

COVID-19 is not stopping Ann Arbor’s Meals on Wheels from delivering meals this Thanksgiving.  

Ann Arbor Public Schools

The Ann Arbor Education Association continues to encourage Ann Arbor Public Schools to remain a virtual learning district during the pandemic.  

Due to COVID-19, the Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor has changed how it will serve Thanksgiving dinner this year to those in need.  

City of Ann Arbor

The City of Ann Arbor is encouraging residents to become more environmentally friendly during the pandemic. 

Ann Arbor YMCA

With the help of local high school students, the Ann Arbor YMCA is offering virtual tutoring support during the pandemic. 


Eastern Michigan University is offering free COVID-19 testing to all students who live on campus.  

Wiki Commons

As tourism continues to decrease in Ann Arbor because of COVID-19, Destination Ann Arbor says local residents will play a bigger role in helping keep the economy moving forward.  

Shelter Association of Washtenaw County

The Shelter Association of Washtenaw County is in need of facilities to help prepare for a possible increase in daytime shelter demand during the next three weeks.  

City of Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti’s City Council has approved an amnesty program for late fines on parking tickets issued on or before December 31st of 2018.  

Wiki Commons

As of today, Wednesday, November 18th, all high schools in Washtenaw County with in-person instruction have shifted to virtual learning only.  

Michigan Medicine

Michigan Medicine has implemented visitor restrictions for its emergency department, hospitals, and clinics due to an increase in COVID-19 cases.  

City of Ann Arbor

The City of Ann Arbor is moving forward with plans to increase housing density along transit corridors.  

A2Y Regional Chamber

The Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber says takeout orders will be essential for the survival of restaurants and bars during the next three weeks.  

City of Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti’s City Council will receive an update Tuesday night from the Huron River Watershed Council on plans to remove the Peninsular Paper Dam.  


The Ann Arbor District Library will be closed during the next two weeks after library staff and family members of library employees tested positive for COVID-19.  

City of Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor’s City Council will discuss Monday night the possibility of increasing the housing density along transit corridors.  


After making over 10,000 masks since the pandemic started, Eastern Michigan University’s mask project will come to an end later this month.  

Washtenaw County

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has rejected a consent agreement regarding the 1,4 Dioxane plume in our area.  

Survivors Speak

A Power to the People demonstration will take place Saturday, November 14th in Ann Arbor.  


Artwork produced by Ypsilanti Community Schools students is on display at six local businesses after their original show in Washington D.C. was cancelled, due to COVID-19.  

Ann Arbor Public Schools

Ann Arbor Public Schools have delayed the start of the winter high school sports season due to an increase of positive COVID-19 cases in the county and the state.  

University of Michigan

The 39th annual Blood Battle blood drive between the University of Michigan and Ohio State is underway, but, as expected this year, with new safety guidelines because of COVID-19.  

City of Ann Arbor

The weekend street closures in Ann Arbor that provided additional outdoor space for businesses during COVID-19 have ended.