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

A photo from the Kalamazoo Gazette on April 18, 1994. Kids from Battle Creek Public Schools were invited to watch a taping of Alma Latina.
Phil Mitchell, Kalamazoo Gazette

Not many all-volunteer programs last 40 years, but WMUK’s Alma Latina is one of them. The station’s Latin music program is coming up on its 40th birthday. Alma Latina was one of the first Spanish-language programs in the area - and one of the few to survive this long. 

Water systems in Kalamazoo and Portage tested positive for very low levels of chromium-6. The carcinogenic chemical was brought to light by environmental activist Erin Brockovich twenty years ago, when high levels of it were found in Hinkley, California’s drinking water.

Rebecca Thiele / WMUK

Michigan’s alert system for public threats - such as mass shootings and terrorist attacks - is up and running. Governor Rick Snyder signed the bill to create the alerts into law in June. The system was set up in response to the February shooting spree by an Uber driver in Kalamazoo.

LANSING, MI -- Electric automaker Tesla is suing a trio of statewide elected officials for the chance to sell automobiles to Michigan consumers. "Tesla will continue to fight for the rights of Michigan consumers to be able to choose how they buy cars in Michigan. Giving auto dealers a monopoly on car sales benefits them, but harms consumers," said Tesla in a statement. (Mlive)

KALAMAZOO, MI — Up to 35 bus stops across the City of Kalamazoo will receive upgraded and accessible shelters. During a five-year period, 30 small bus passenger shelters measuring 9 feet by 5 feet and up to five large bus passenger shelters measuring 18 feet by 5 feet will be upgraded. The shelters will be enclosed and compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act regulations. (The Kalamazoo Gazette)