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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2:49 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Dowagiac boy dies after gun incident near a school

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The Dowagiac Schools closed all of its buildings for the day Monday after the incident near the district's middle school.
DOWAGIAC, MI -- A Dowagiac teen who shot himself in a woods near Dowagiac Middle School Monday morning has died. Dowagiac Public Safety Director Tom Atkinson identified the boy as 13-year-old Darren James Price at a news conference Monday afternoon. A school custodian spotted Price with a handgun on school grounds about 6:40 a.m., Atkinson said.
SW Michigan
1:58 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Former Checker Motors CEO dies

Credit WMUK

The former CEO of Checker Motors in Kalamazoo has reportedly died in Florida. David Markin was 81.

The U.S. Tennis Association announced Markin’s death in an e-mail message to its members today. He served as the USTA’s president in 1989 and 1990. The organization sponsors the boy's tennis championships held in Kalamazoo each summer.

Markin also served on the Kalamazoo College Board of Trustees for 18 years, beginning in 1973.

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10:50 am
Thu May 30, 2013

SW Michigan tribe diversifies its business portfolio

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Officials at the tribe's headquarters in Dowagiac say they want to create more high-paying jobs for its members.
Borrowing a page from Warren Buffett's playbook, the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi tribe is redirecting money from its highly successful Four Winds Casinos into brick-and-mortar businesses outside of gambling to build its sovereign nation into an economic powerhouse.
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SW Michigan
10:46 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Michigan NOW: Auto marketing guru loves trains

White board at the Detroit transit forum
Credit Michigan NOW

Earlier this month, voters in Kalamazoo County renewed a millage for public transit service. But in southeastern Michigan, officials are still trying to pull a new regional transit system together.

They and others met recently at the University of Detroit Mercy where they heard from transit system managers around the country. They included Toby Barlow, an advocate for the auto industry who says his heart is still with trains and busses.

Michigan Now’s Chris McCarus reports.

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WMUK News
2:05 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Girl Scout camps still strong in Michigan

Swimming at Camp Linden near Ann Arbor (file photo)
Credit Heart of Michigan Girl Scout Council

Plans by some Girl Scout councils around the country to close and sell their summer camps have volunteers and parents up in arms. Meetings on the issue in some places have been so heated that police were called.

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