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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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Ann Arbor’s city council will consider a resolution tonight to allow Weber’s Hotel to temporarily use its property for a drive-in theater.  

Washtenaw County

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has asked its corporate counsel to determine what authority the county has in making sure businesses comply with COVID-19 guidelines.  

Shelter Association of Washtenaw County

The Shelter Association of Washtenaw County says more and more of their homeless clients are being placed in permanent homes during the pandemic.  

City of Ann Arbor

The City of Ann Arbor is considering higher building standards for properties within the city’s floodplain area. 

Wiki Commons

U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell from the 12th District has requested a federal investigation after some tenants at Sycamore Meadows apartments in Superior Township received eviction notices.  

Ann Arbor Art Center

The Ann Arbor Art Center will launch a soft reopening Tuesday after closing its doors to the public because of COVID-19.  

City of Ann Arbor

The City of Ann Arbor may close more streets in the downtown area to allow businesses to expand their operations outdoors during the pandemic for social distancing.  

City of Ann Arbor

The City of Ann Arbor will install a new solar and energy storage system at the Northside Community Center as part of its A2 Zero Carbon Neutrality plan.  

Washtenaw County

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners says virtual, or online public services, will become a bigger priority for the county because of COVID-19.  

City of Ypsilanti

The City of Ypsilanti will start making improvements to Frog Island Park this week as part of a pedestrian path accessibility project that includes other parts of the city.  

Ypsilanti District Library

To help maintain social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic, the Ypsilanti District Library will start offering curbside pickup service at its Whittaker branch on Monday. 


The City of Chelsea is working with the Washtenaw Area Transportation Study, also known as WATS, on a study to help improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety.  

Survivors Speak

A protest will be held Friday morning at 9 am in Superior Township after several tenants at the Sycamore Meadows apartment complex received eviction notices.  

Ypsilanti Community Schools

In addition to its virtual summer school, Ypsilanti Community Schools is now offering a new online summer learning program. 

City of Ann Arbor

The City of Ann Arbor says it will once again focus on addressing the 1,4 dioxane plume clean-up in Washtenaw County.  

Wiki Commons

Public input is still being requested in the Sha’Teina Grady El incident that took place last month.  

As a journalist, I can’t emphasize enough the need for local news coverage. During a time when newsrooms continue to shrink or close across the country, WEMU is providing you with the local coverage you need to stay informed about the issues impacting our community.  

Ann Arbor District Library

The Ann Arbor District Library has launched a Black Lives Matter initiative.  

Washtenaw County

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners says state and federal aid will be essential to continue offering COVID-19 response services.  

City of Ypsilanti

Some Ypsilanti city council members are calling for Mayor Beth Bashert to resign after making a controversial comment last week.  

Beth Bashert

A protest is scheduled for this afternoon at 4 pm in Ypsilanti to demand the resignation of Mayor Beth Bashert.  

City of Ann Arbor

The City of Ann Arbor is moving forward with its Safe Social Distancing Outdoors project as a result of COVID-19.  

City of Ypsilanti

Some residents want Ypsilanti Mayor Beth Bashert to resign after making controversial comments during a city council meeting earlier this week.  


The Ann Arbor YMCA has extended its COVID-19 food assistance program through August.  

City of Ann Arbor

The Ann Arbor branch of the NAACP is working with the City of Ann Arbor and other local groups to host a Juneteenth celebration on Saturday.  


Eastern Michigan University’s Board of Regents approved a tuition increase for the 2020-2021 academic year.  

City of Ann Arbor

The City of Ann Arbor has a new online water consumption tool called “AquaHawk” that helps monitor water usage.  

Wiki Commons

Plans to build an Amtrak platform in Ypsilanti’s Depot Town remain uncertain.  

Washtenaw County

The community group Survivors Speak held a demonstration Wednesday at the University of Michigan’s diag to protest what they call misconduct, both at the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office and the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office. 

City of Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti’s city council will discuss making improvements to Frog Island Park tonight.