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

The Southwest Michigan Mosquito Squad sprays down the back yard of a homeowner on Kalamazoo's east side
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

The wetter the summer, the more mosquitos you’re likely to find outside. In hot, dry summers like this there are fewer mosquitoes, but the ones there are are a greater threat. That’s because West Nile virus spreads more easily in warm weather. This summer Michigan State University has predicted an outbreak of West Nile in Michigan.   

ST. JOSEPH, MI – Police were rushing to investigate a report of multiple shootings early Monday afternoon at the Berrien County Courthouse in downtown St. Joseph. (Mlive)

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Eighteen stingrays and three sharks died overnight at John Ball Zoo, the zoo announced Friday, July 8. A mechanical malfunction that left the Stingray Lagoon pool low on oxygen is the likely cause of death, according to zoo officials.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday voted overwhelmingly in favor of a compromise drug addiction and treatment bill, setting the stage for the Senate to approve it next week and send it on to President Barack Obama for his signature. (The Detroit Free Press)

LANSING — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette on Friday joined nine other states in filing a federal complaint seeking to block the Obama administration’s new school “directive” for transgender students, including inclusive bathroom and locker room policies. (The Detroit News)