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

Salvador Calderon prunes blueberry bushes at Leduc Farm in Paw Paw
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Berries, apples, cucumbers - all of these crops are hand-picked by thousands of migrant farm workers every year. They start in southern states like Florida and Georgia and work their way up to Michigan. But this year, farmers aren’t sure they’ll be coming. 

Becky Staple dances at rehearsal for Early Music Michigan's performance of the works of Hildegard von Bingen at the Mostly Medieval Theatre Festival.
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Around this time of year, Western Michigan University students leave campus for the summer - and about three thousand medieval scholars move in. The annual International Congress on Medieval Studies is popular with academics, but this year Western is trying something new to get regular folks involved.

A project to literally lay the groundwork for future development at the Fort Custer Industrial Park moved a step closer to reality this week. Battle Creek city commissioners unanimously approved Tuesday a bid by Hoffman Bros. Inc. to create development-ready sites at Hill Brady Road and Skyline Drive as well as at the W.K. Kellogg Airport. It marks another point forward in a project headed by the city's economic development arm, Battle Creek Unlimited, and approved in December by the Battle Creek Tax Increment Finance Authority. (Battle Creek Enquirer)

A long-discussed proposal to allow some farm animals in residential Battle Creek was shot down after it failed to receive a majority vote Tuesday. After listening to public attendees for nearly an hour, city commissioners voted 4-4, striking down the introduction of an urban livestock ordinance. Five votes were needed to move the proposal to another vote for adoption, and Commissioner Mike Sherzer was absent because of a family issue. (Battle Creek Enquirer)

The improved economy means more people are driving more miles and causing more accidents — likely from distracted driving, according to statistics released this morning by the Michigan State Police. (Detroit Free Press)