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
11:25 am
Fri July 11, 2014

KIA Gets New Executive Director

Belinda Ann Tate
Credit Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts will soon have a new executive director. Belinda Ann Tate will take over on September 8th. She replaces former KIA director James Bridenstine, who is retiring after 24 years in the job.

For the last 15 years, Tate has run the Diggs Gallery at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina. She’s credited with enlarging its collection significantly while increasing student involvement in the gallery.

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SW Michigan
2:29 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Calhoun County Art Council Dissolves

Credit WMUK

The Calhoun County Arts Council is no more. The Battle Creek Enquirer reports that the organization has announced that it is shutting down. The Art Council’s mission will be moved to the Battle Creek Community Foundation.

The head of the Art Council’s board says it decided to pull the plug because of “concerns about the organization’s viability."

Until now, Battle Creek has had a independent local arts organization since 1964.

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3:01 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

BC Picks New Police Chief

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City officials say Jim Blocker, who had been serving as interim chief, was the "outstanding" choice for the permanent position.
After a 90-day trial run, Jim Blocker was named Thursday as Battle Creek police chief. Interim City Manager Susan Bedsole announced her decision to appoint Blocker to replace Jackie Hampton who retired in January. The appointment is immediate. "I believe Jim best meets the needs of the department, organization and community," Bedsole said in a prepared statement.
SW Michigan
2:42 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

WMU's School of Music Gets New Director

WMU School of Music Director Bradley Wong
Credit WMU University Relations

Western Michigan's School of Music has a new director. Bradley Wong replaced former director David Colson earlier this month.

Wong, who is a professor of music, joined Western's faculty 30 years ago as a professor of clarinet. Colson returns to the faculty after heading the School of Music for the last seven years.

Wong is a graduate of the University of Michigan and earlier attended the Interlochen First Arts Academy. He's also been a member of the Western Wind Quintet.

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12:12 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Free Press: Charter Schools Not Held Accountable

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The paper says its year-long investigation found significant problems including poor student performance, wasteful spending and cronyism.
Michigan spends $1B on charter schools but fails to hold them accountable The Free Press found wasteful spending, schools allowed to operate for years despite poor academic records, and management companies that refuse to detail how they spend taxpayers' money. A link to this page will be included in your message.

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