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

Lee Stalsworth, Fine Art through Photography, LLC (Courtesy American Federation of Arts)

In April, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City announced that it would put its Native American art collections in the same wing as other American art. At first, it sounds obvious - of course they would put American art with other American art - but until a few years ago, this was a revolutionary idea. 

U.S. House Appropriations Committee makes a move to keep funding for Great Lakes restoration. Trump administration proposes cuts to university reimbursements for overhead costs in biomedical research. Lyme disease on the rise in Michigan.

Ryan Dy of Holland (right) and Tom Fik of Allegan (left) fishing at Allegan Dam
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

People aren’t supposed to eat the fish out of the Kalamazoo River, but many still do. Fish in the river are contaminated with PCBs - the toxin leftover from Kalamazoo’s old paper mills. Eating the fish over time could cause cancer, birth defects, neurological issues, and other health problems. Decades ago the state put up signs warning people of the risks that come with eating the fish, but those signs aren’t reaching everyone.

A coalition that wants to legalize recreational marijuana has gathered 100,000 signatures for a petition drive so far. Cigarette sales are down in Michigan, but lung cancer deaths are up. Black bear populations have risen in the northern Lower Peninsula.

Retired graphic designers Barbara Loveland (left) and Linda Powell (right) hold up a banner Western Michigan University students made for an art festival in Kalamazoo in 1971.
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Do you know who designed your chair? How about the utensils in your kitchen? Or the ads in your favorite magazine? We rarely think about the people behind the everyday things we use or view. So you might not know that - before computers became popular - West Michigan was something of a graphic design hub.