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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WMUK News
7:22 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Kalamazoo agency helps Haiti's children

ICC clinic in Haiti
Credit International Child Care

The Caribbean nation of Haiti was once a port-of-call for cruise ships. These days it’s better known for poverty and disasters, both man-made and natural. But the country’s problems have roots that reach far back in its history.

In the mid-1960s a farm couple from Indiana visited Haiti during a holiday cruise and returned with a determination to help kids there. The faith-based Christian organization they founded, International Child Care, is now based in Kalamazoo.

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2:26 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Air Zoo to restore rare World War II fighter plane

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The plane crashed into Lake Michigan during a training flight in 1944.
KALAMAZOO, MI - About 50 Air Zoo volunteers will strip mussels and rust off of a World War II era "Wildcat" fighter plane, which had been sitting at the bottom of Lake Michigan for the past 68 years. The Naval Aviation Museum Foundation announced Monday that the Air Zoo has been selected to restore the Eastern Aircraft FM-2 "Wildcat," Bureau Number 57039.
SW Michigan
2:22 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Michigan's migrant population growing

Credit WMUK

Michigan’s population of migrant farm workers is growing. State officials say the number of seasonal farm workers has risen by more than seven percent since 2006.

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights says that means the state ranks fifth in the nation in the number of registered migrant workers. It says migrants and their families add about 94,000 people to Michigan’s population. Van Buren and Ottawa counties each have more than 12,000 during the peak harvest season.

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3:02 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Over 2100 seek WMU Med School slots

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Western Michigan University officials say WMU and Kalamazoo College graduates will get "preferred" status for the 50 openings in the medical school's first class.
KALAMAZOO, MI - The Western Michigan University School of Medicine is still a year away from opening its doors, but as of July 30, more than 2,100 students have applied for the 50 slots in its inaugural class.
2:37 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell to seek re-election

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Hopewell says he wants a sixth two-year term to help Kalamazoo deal with challenges ahead. Vice-Mayor Hannah McKinney is the only member of the current city commission who isn't running again in November.
KALAMAZOO, MI - Having worked together for the last eight years, Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell and City Commissioner David Anderson announced Friday they will run a joint campaign for re-election. "The most important piece to take away from this is we believe we need to be there together," Hopewell said to a small crowd that gathered at the Bronson Park bandshell near City Hall.

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