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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 Intermediate School District is working on an action plan after Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive order saying that K through 12 schools will remain closed for the remainder of the school year. 

 

Ann Arbor Sewing Center

The Ann Arbor Sewing Center is currently serving as a hub for people interested in making masks for medical personnel in our area. 

This week usually marks the seasonal end of the warming centers and rotating shelters in Washtenaw County, but, as a result of the coronavirus crisis, Washtenaw County has increased resources for the homeless community.


As a result of COVID-19, Ann Arbor City Council will host an electronic meeting next week, instead of meeting in person.  


Plans to build an Amtrak platform in Ypsilanti's Depot Town have been put on hold for now.  


The Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission says the coronavirus crisis could impact their budget in the upcoming months.  WEMU's Jorge Avellan has the story.


Saline Area Schools says the district is ready to take action, in case students cannot return to school this academic year because of the coronavirus pandemic.  

An April 21st filing deadline is approaching for candidates in Washtenaw County who want to appear on the August primary ballot.  


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The co-founder of Duo Security in Ann Arbor and his wife are committing $1 million in short-term, emergency relief grants to help small businesses in our county that are being affected by the coronavirus crisis.  


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The coronavirus crisis has caused layoffs at an organization in Ann Arbor that offers mental health services.  WEMU's Jorge Avellan has the details.

Ann Arbor Meals on Wheels

Ann Arbor's Meals on Wheels has made changes to its delivery service because of the coronavirus pandemic.  WEMU's Jorge Avellan has the story. 


Ann Arbor Film Festival

The 58th Ann Arbor Film Festival will come to an end this weekend.  WEMU's Jorge Avellan tells us how their move to an online only format has been going.


A2Y Chamber

Many local businesses are struggling to make ends meet during the coronavirus pandemic.  WEMU's Jorge Avellan tells us about one organization's efforts to help.


Washtenaw County Health Department

The Washtenaw County Health Department has issued an order to protect essential workers during the COVID-19 crisis.  WEMU's Jorge Avellan has the story.


Weber's Restaurant and Hotel is one of many local businesses that have had to change the way they operate during the coronavirus pandemic.  WEMU's Jorge Avellan tells us how they've adapted to the new normal.


Saline Area Schools
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Saline Area Schools is putting together a diversity, equity, and inclusion plan after racist incidents occurred prior to the Coronavirus shutdown.  WEMU's Jorge Avellan has the details.


Fresh Start Clubhouse / https://freshstartclubhouse.org/

The Fresh Start Clubhouse in Ann Arbor continues to offer mental health services even in the face of having to close their doors.  WEMU's Jorge Avellan tells us how they're continuing to aid their clients during the coronavirus pandemic.


Ann Arbor Education Association

The Ann Arbor Education Association says they may have to extend a memorandum of agreement with Ann Arbor Public Schools if the district extends remote instruction with students because of the coronavirus pandemic.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan has the story.
 


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Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued a "Stay Home, Stay Safe" executive order Monday morning to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan tells us what that means for some local businesses in Washtenaw County.
 


St Joseph Mercy Health System

To help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System is taking precautionary measures at their facilities, which includes their St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Hospital.  WEMU's Jorge Avellan has the story.


Washtenaw ISD

As a result of coronavirus cases being confirmed in Michigan, the Washtenaw Intermediate School District is considering the option of offering online classes.  WEMU's Jorge Avellan has the story.


Michigan Medicine

One of the two people from Michigan who tested positive for the coronavirus is an inpatient at the University of Michigan Health System and is in stable condition.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan has the story.


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As part of our local primary presidential election coverage, 89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan visited several polling locations in Washtenaw County on Tuesday and spoke with young voters about their election experience. 


Washtenaw Community College

In addition to voting for a presidential candidate during Tuesday's primary election in Michigan, local voters will also vote on a Washtenaw Community College Millage Renewal and Restoration proposal.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan has the details.


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About 100 K-12 students from Washtenaw County gathered at Eastern Michigan University on Friday to participate in a regional invention competition.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan was there and has the story.


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After launching a series of listening sessions in mid-February to address racism at Saline Area Schools, the district held its last community conversation Wednesday night.  Racism has been a hot topic at the district lately.  89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan attended Wednesday's meeting and has the story.


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Over 100 people attended a community conversation Thursday night hosted by Saline Area Schools.  It centered around diversity, equity, and inclusion.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan was there and has the story.


Black Past

As part of our Black History Month coverage, we're featuring the legacy of Dr. Ida Gray, who graduated from the University of Michigan in 1890.  She was the first African-American woman dentist in the country.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan has the story. 


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During a work session Monday night, Ann Arbor's city council briefly mentioned what their next steps are after they decided to end their employment agreement with City Administrator Howard Lazarus last week without cause.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan was at the meeting and has the details.


Michael Cox
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Ann Arbor's City Council held a closed session Monday night to learn more as to why Ann Arbor Police Chief Michael Cox was placed on administrative paid leave earlier this month by the city administrator.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan has the details.


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