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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SW Michigan
2:10 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

State Senate fails to vote on Medicaid expansion

Michigan Capitol Building
Credit Melissa Benmark / WKAR

The State Senate adjourned Wednesday without voting on an expansion of Medicaid. Minority Democrats tried to force a vote on the issue but failed.

The Gongwer News Service says only one Republican sided with Democrats in their attempt to get the bill out of committee. The proposal would add 470,000 Michigan residents to the list of those eligible for health coverage under Medicaid.

The State House has approved the idea but it remains stalled in the upper chamber despite strong pressure by Governor Rick Snyder.

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SW Michigan
2:50 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Portage Schools sign contract with new superintendent

Credit WMUK

The new superintendent of the Portage Public Schools has a three-year contract. School Board trustees signed the agreement with Mark Bielang on Tuesday. Bielang, who is now superintendent of the Paw Paw Public Schools, will take over in Portage August 5th. He'll be paid just under $214,000 a year.

Portage School Board trustees picked Bielang as the district's new superintendent June 21st after a protracted search process that saw an earlier finalist drop out and charges that the board had violated Michigan's Open Meetings Act. PPS officials say that was not the case.

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2:14 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Waterfront Film Fest goes on, with or without power

Lead in text: 
Much of South Haven lost electricity after severe storms late Wednesday. But Film Festival organizers say they'll use generators to power the opening night activities, if necessary.
SOUTH HAVEN, MI -- The Waterfront Film Festival will still hold its opening night concert and movie screening Thursday, despite a widespread power outage in South Haven, according to festival organizers. "We're going to have the party," said festival publicist Patrick Revere. "We can do acoustic music sets if we have to.
SW Michigan
1:42 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Kalamazoo gets good economic start in 2013

Credit WMUK

A new report says the economy in the Kalamazoo area got off to a good start in 2013. The Upjohn Employment Research Institute says 1,300 jobs were added in Kalamazoo County during the first three months of the year. That’s an increase of one percent.

The Institute’s latest issue of its Business Outlook for West Michigan says most of the increase was in service jobs, not manufacturing.

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WMUK News
11:31 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Kalamazoo Pride 2013 to be serious and entertaining

Music at Kalamazoo Pride (file photo)
Credit Kalamazoo Gay Lesbian Resource Center

The sixth annual Kalamazoo Pride festival kicks off Friday in downtown Kalamazoo at the Arcadia Creek Festival Site. The Kalamazoo Gay Lesbian Resource Center organizes the event that Executive Director Zach Bauer says is designed to be both serious and entertaining.

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