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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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City of Ann Arbor

The City of Ann Arbor is moving forward with its process of hiring a permanent city administrator.  

Ypsilanti District Library

The Ypsilanti District Library is preparing for a soft reopening.  

ACLU Michigan

The ACLU of Michigan sent a letter to Washtenaw County Prosecutor Brian Mackie encouraging him not to press charges against Sha'Teina Grady El.  

Saline Area Schools

Saline Area Schools will offer in-person summer classes, as well as summer camps this year. 

City of Ann Arbor

The City of Ann Arbor will reopen its compost facility this Saturday on Platt Road for drop-off and sales.  

City of Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti’s City Council adopted a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis in the nation.  The city now plans to take certain steps to address the issue locally.  

Vineyard Church

Some churches in Washtenaw County are not rushing to reopen their doors after the stay-at-home executive order was lifted.  

City of Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor’s city council has approved the city’s “A2 Zero Carbon Neutrality Plan” after making an amendment to the project.  

City of Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti’s city council has approved street closures to allow restaurants and bars to expand their seating areas outdoors because of COVID-19.  

City of Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti’s city council will discuss a construction project Tuesday tonight that’s expected to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety.  

Wiki Commons

COVID-19 caused the City of Ypsilanti to cancel big events like the annual Fourth of July parade.  But the organizers of that event came up with a new celebration called “Unparade” that residents can safely take part in.  

Washtenaw County

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners is discussing actions it might take after a Washtenaw County sheriff’s deputy punched a woman as he arrested her last week in Ypsilanti Township.  

Washtenaw Community College

The Washtenaw Economic Club has released its “2020 Washtenaw County Economic Outlook” report.  

City of Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor’s city council will continue discussing the “A2 Zero Carbon Neutrality Plan” Monday night.  

Wayne County

The Ypsilanti Township woman, who was repeatedly punched by a Washtenaw County sheriff’s deputy on Tuesday during an arrest, has been released from jail.  

City of Ann Arbor

The Ann Arbor Farmers Market adds more services after hosting a soft re-opening earlier this month.  

Ann Arbor Main Street Area Association

The annual “Taste of Ann Arbor” event, which starts today, May 29th and ends May 31st, has a different look this year because of COVID-19.  

Wiki Commons

As more and more businesses either start re-opening or are getting ready to re-open in Washtenaw County, the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber says they’re seeing trends when it comes to issues those businesses are facing.  

Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels

Ypsilanti’s Meals on Wheels has changed its volunteer training process as a result of the coronavirus. 

Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office

A second protest was held Wednesday afternoon at the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office after a white deputy was caught on camera punching a black woman as he arrested her.  The first was held Tuesday at the same location.  

Ypsilanti Community Schools

Ypsilanti Community Schools has a new program to help feed those in need during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Ann Arbor Public Schools

COVID-19 will continue to be a main topic of discussion at Wednesday's Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education meeting.  


Eastern Michigan University is considering offering in-person summer instruction.  

Shelter Association of Washtenaw County

The Shelter Association of Washtenaw County says the demand for shelter has increased during the coronavirus pandemic.  

City of Ann Arbor

Public pools in Ann Arbor traditionally open on Memorial Day weekend.  But the coronavirus pandemic has forced the city to cancel its 2020 pool season. 

Wiki Commons

COVID-19 will impact how veterans will be honored this year on Memorial Day in Washtenaw County. 


The Washtenaw County Health Department is teaming up with Michigan Medicine this Sunday to host a pop-up COVID-19 testing event.  

Wiki Commons

The Washtenaw County Health Department says health guidelines for celebrating Memorial Day in groups this year are different because of COVID-19.  


The Ann Arbor YMCA will offer summer camps in Washtenaw County this year once the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order is lifted.  

Washtenaw County

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners discussed a projected financial impact COVID-19 will have on the county’s future budgets.