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

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WestSouthwest
9:21 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Teaching tolerance using racist memorabilia

David Pilgrim in the Museum of Racist Memorabilia
Credit Ferris State University

The nation’s long struggle with racial discrimination has left some litter behind: objects some now call “contemptible collectibles”. Some of these are on display inside the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia at Ferris State University in Big Rapids. Its founder and curator is David Pilgrim, the university’s vice-president for diversity and inclusion. He speaks Thursday, October 16th, at 5:30 p.m. at Western Michigan University in the Richmond Center for Visual Arts, Room 2008.

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WMUK News
5:13 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

WMU "State of the University" address

WMU President John Dunn
Credit Mike Lanka / WMU University Relations

Western Michigan University has accomplished much over the last year. But President John Dunn says it needs to do more in the future. Dunn delivered the "State of the University" address Friday, October 4th, during the university's annual Academic Convocation in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

The full text of the address is available at the university's web page. Here are some highlights:

The State of the University

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SW Michigan
1:37 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Right to Life turns in anti-abortion petitions

Michigan State Capitol building
Credit Melissa Benmark / WKAR

A Michigan anti-abortion group says it has turned in more than 315,000 petition signatures. The Gongwer News Service says the initiative my Right to Life is aimed at preventing employers from offering abortion coverage in their health plans. Employees would be forced to by a rider to their policy at extra cost.

Supporters of the measure need 258,088 valid signatures to put the measure before lawmakers.

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WMUK News
4:18 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

ISAAC "Issues Convocation" stays the course

Signs at the 2012 ISAAC Issues Convocation
Credit Amy Peterson / ISAAC

The Kalamazoo community organizing group ISAAC will hold one of its regular issues convocations Tuesday, October 3rd. But this time there’s a twist: the Interfaith Strategy for Advocacy and Action in the Community usually asks the community for input on the issues it should address. But this time the group says it doesn’t plan any changes in the agenda set at the last meeting in early 2012.

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WMUK News
2:09 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Speaking out for banned books

Volunteer reader at the 2012 KPL "Banned Book Read-Out"
Credit Kalamazoo Public Library

It may be a backhanded compliment to the importance of the old fashioned book that so many are still challenged or banned each year. The American Library Association says there were 464 reports of book censorship last year. The ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom says the top ten most banned or challenged books in 2012 included the Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey; E.L. James’ steamy Fifty Shades of Grey; The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseni; and Toni Morrison’s Beloved.

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