Andrew Robins

News Director

Andy Robins has been WMUK's News Director since 1998 and a broadcast journalist for over 24 years. He joined WMUK's staff in 1985. Under his direction, WMUK has received numerous awards for news reporting.

Email: andrew.robins (at) wmich.edu     Phone: (269) 387 5717

Arapahoe County District Attorney's Office / AP Photo

A group called the Coalition for Common Ground will hold a public forum on gun violence in Kalamazoo on Monday, July 24. It will feature Sandy Phillips, the founder of Jessi's Message. It's named for Phillips' daughter, who was killed during a mass shooting at a theater in Aurora, Colorado, in 2012.

Andy Robins / WMUK

Kalamazoo City officials say they may rethink a decision to cut back on bulk trash pick-ups. The city cut the number of trash collections from once-a-month to six times a year in 2016 to save money. But Kalamazoo County Drain Commissioner Pat Crowley says that's hurt the environment, and neighborhoods. Crowley spoke to city commissioners on Monday, June 19.

"With the cutback from monthly city bulk pick-ups, contractors, landlords, and regular citizens are simply skipping out on their legal obligations and choosing to dump on others."

From the Battle Creek Enquirer:

"A $51 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation announced Friday will support quality education while attempting to bridge racial and economic divides in one of Battle Creek's largest school districts."

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An Indian fisherman prays to a partial solar eclipse seen in the sky over Bay of Bengal in Konark, 60 kilometers (37 miles) from eastern Indian city Bhubaneswar, India, Wednesday, March 9, 2016.
AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout

On August 21st, there will be a total solar eclipse - the first one visible in the United States in almost 40 years. Tyler Nordgren is a physics and astronomy professor at the University of Redlands in California and has written a book on eclipses called Sun Moon Earth: The History of Solar Eclipses from Omens of Doom to Einstein and Exoplanets. He’ll give a talk about eclipses on Saturday, April 29 at 11 a.m. during the Kalamazoo Astronomical Society’s Astronomy Day.


"KALAMAZOO, MI - The suspect in the June 2016 fatal bicycle crash has asked an appeals court to consider reversing second-degree murder charges against him. Charles Pickett Jr.'s attorney on Thursday, April 20, filed an application in Kalamazoo County Circuit Court asking the Michigan Court of Appeals to consider reversing a judge's March decision denying a motion to quash Pickett's bind over for trial on second-degree murder charges." (MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette)

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