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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2:07 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Tax foreclosures drop in Kalamazoo County

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County officials say local and state programs that help homeowners keep their property are having an effect.
KALAMAZOO, MI -- The number of Kalamazoo County parcels that went into tax foreclosure Monday dropped about 36 percent from 2012. In the county, 221 parcels were foreclosed on this year because of unpaid property taxes from 2010 and prior years, Kalamazoo County Treasurer Mary Balkema said.
2:03 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

EPA Allied Paper landfill plan not popular

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More than 100 people attended a public forum Tuesday night organized by the Kalamazoo River Cleanup Coalition. It opposes the EPA plan to keep PCB contamination at the site in place.
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Dustin Harback lives steps from the Allied Paper landfill site. His 11-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son go to Parkwood Upjohn Elementary School and his family drives by the landfill daily. Harback said he wanted to join "some people that want to be bold and change the community."
WMUK News
1:39 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Blue-ribboned trees fight child abuse

"Blue Ribbon Tree" in downtown Kalamazoo
Credit Stella Chivikas / KCAN

The annual “Blue Ribbon Tree” campaign to fight child abuse and neglect in Kalamazoo County gets underway this week. It’s sponsored by the Kalamazoo County Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Council.

The Council’s Executive Director Karen Hayter says child abuse and neglect is a growing problem in the Kalamazoo area. She says the number of confirmed cases in the county has more than doubled since 2005. Hayter says more than 4,000 cases of abuse and neglect were reported to Child Protective Services in 2011 alone.

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SW Michigan
12:53 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Judge says "Right to Work" lawsuit can continue

Protesters demonstrate against "Right to Work" (file photo)
Credit The Associated Press

A judge in Lansing says a lawsuit challenging Michigan’s “right to work” law can go ahead. The Gongwer News Service says Ingham County Circuit Judge William Collette issued the ruling Wednesday.

The suit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and other “right to work” opponents says lawmakers broke the state’s Open Meetings Act when the legislature passed the law in December. That’s because the Republican majority temporarily closed the Capitol Building to people protesting the bill.

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WMUK News
8:54 am
Wed April 3, 2013

K College gets first female board chairperson

Charlotte Hall and Don Parfet
Credit Kalamazoo College

Newspaper editor Charlotte Hall will become the first woman to head Kalamazoo College's Board of Trustees. Hall will take over from current board chairman Don Parfet in June.

Hall was an editor at several newspapers, including the Orlando Sentinel. She's also the chairwoman of the American Society of News Editors and is a visiting professor of journalism and Washington and Lee University.

Hall graduated from K College in 1966. She says her top priorities include enlarging the college's financial base and attracting more students.

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