Rebecca Thiele

Environment/Technology Reporter, host of "Arts & More"

Rebecca Thiele became the Arts & More producer for WMUK in 2011. Rebecca also reports on issues related to the environment and technology in Southwest Michigan. She assists the station with social media practices and occasionally anchors during All Things Considered. She is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

​Twitter: @beckythiele

E-mail: rebecca [dot] thiele [at] wmich [dot] edu

Eight people in Michigan have come down with a type of swine flu. The Michigan Department of Health announced confirmed cases of the H3N2 virus Friday. Everyone who got sick came in contact with pigs at county fairs in Muskegon, Cass, and Ingham counties in the past two months. 

One of the panels depicting paper mill pollution in Kalamazoo
Bonus Saves

You’ve probably seen at least one of Patrick Hershberger’s works around Kalamazoo. Hershberger is also known by the name Bonus Saves. He likes to paint murals of animals, landscapes, and his signature images of skull bunnies - which look like skeletons wearing bunny suits. 

Bill Bouton

Last week, the Kalamazoo Nature Center released 18 rare butterfly caterpillars. The Mitchell’s Satyr butterfly is a nationally endangered species. There are only 11 groups of the butterfly left in the entire United States. The Mitchell’s Satyr has been called a “canary in a coal mine” for America’s wetlands.

Rebecca Thiele/WMUK

W.K. Kellogg Auditorium in Battle Creek has a secret. It’s hidden beneath the floor boards of the stage. It’s in the ceiling and in the walls. It’s everywhere, but you’ve likely never seen it. It’s one of the last unaltered pipe organs built by Ernest M. Skinner - considered to be one of the greatest organ makers in American history. 

A tiny, remote island off the coast of the Upper Peninsula has been smoldering with a fire for months — and now the flames threaten a historic, abandoned lighthouse after burning a quarter of the island’s landmass. (The Detroit Free Press)