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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12:58 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Part-time KVCC instructors file grievance

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Union officials say the college's proposal would mean "drastic reductions" in pay and hours.
KALAMAZOO, MI -- The part-time instructors' union at Kalamazoo Valley Community College has filed an unfair labor charge against the institution with the Michigan Employment Relations Commission, the KVCC Federation of Teachers announced Monday. Beginning in the fall, part-time faculty would be limited to nine contact hours a semester, according to an email sent out to KVCC department chairs April 16.
SW Michigan
12:35 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

State prison food may go private

Maximum security prison in Jackson
Credit AP Photo

State corrections officials have reversed course and decided to privatize food services in Michigan’s prisons. The Gongwer News Service says the decision was announced today. The Corrections Department had earlier rejected all bids by private companies saying they wouldn't save enough money. That led to criticism by majority Republicans in the legislature.

Officials say the winning bid by Aramark will save the state $16 million a year but could eliminate nearly 400 jobs.

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3:34 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Former Kalamazoo city manager eyeing the DC mayoral race?

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Robert Bobb served as Kalamazoo's city manager during the mid-1970's. From 2009 to 2011 he was the state-appointed emergency financial manager of the Detroit Public Schools.
Bobb sought to downplay his efforts, saying that the political conversations should not be interpreted as a prelude to a mayoral run. "I would characterize it as not anything other than I want to be a political voice in town," Bobb said. "I want to watch and see what's going on with all these races.
3:08 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Peters expected to announce U.S. Senate bid

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Republicans thinking about running for the seat held by retiring Democrat Carl Levin include congressman Justin Amash and Mike Rogers as well as former Michigan secretary of state Terri Lynn Land.
WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Gary Peters is expected to announce his intention to run for Michigan's soon-to-be-open U.S. Senate seat on Wednesday in Rochester Hills. A Democratic source told the Free Press today that Peters, who had been widely expected to run, would announce his intentions and visit several other cities around the state - including Flint, Lansing and Grand Rapids - this week.
WMUK News
11:53 am
Sun April 28, 2013

WMU student media fee a trendsetter?

Sidewalk sign urges support for WMU's student media fee
Credit WMUK

Western Michigan University may have been ahead of the curve in the way it supports student media. Earlier this month, university trustees approved a five-dollar fee that all students will pay beginning this fall. Students approved the fee in a referendum late last month. It will raise about $150,000 a year to support the Western Herald, WMU's student newspaper, and the student-run radio station WIDR-FM.

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