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

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A house ball or Harlem ball is where drag queens, transgender, and gender nonconforming people dress up and dance or walk the floor. It's named after the Harlem neighborhood in New York.

Musician Brian Laliberte busks during the downtown Kalamazoo Art Hop
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Three years ago, the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo decided to expand the monthly art hops outside of downtown.

“I think there was a desire to showcase the artists in their neighborhood but I think overall it was a desire to showcase the artists that are in Kalamazoo. I think they knew Art Hop was an economic driver. They saw the crowds they wanted to be part of it," says Beth McCann, deputy director of the Arts Council. 

Protesters with Kalamazoo For Revolution stand outside city hall. The group says allowing donors to restrict funds to specific uses in the Foundation for Excellence favors the wealthy.
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

The City of Kalamazoo has approved what is to become a half a billion dollar endowment through the Foundation for Excellence. The money will be put towards city improvements as well as a property tax cut. 

Andrea Johnson and Jake Larsen watch the eclipse at Kazoo Books on Parkview Avenue in Kalamazoo.
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

A few people in Kalamazoo took time out of their day to view Monday’s partial solar eclipse. The eclipse took place between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the afternoon. The moon covered the sun the most around 2:20 p.m. 

Cuddlers get comfy on the floor while watching cartoons. Michelle Renee says the cartoons make her cuddle parties more fun.
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Sometimes all you want is a hug. In fact, scientists say human touch benefits our health. But not everyone gets that interaction on a daily basis. That’s why some people in West Michigan are going to “cuddle parties.” A cuddle party is a social event where people snuggle up in a platonic, non-sexual environment.