Rebecca Thiele

Announcer & Producer

Rebecca Thiele became the Arts & More producer for WMUK in 2011. Rebecca also 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.


2:40 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Economists predict unemployment will go down significantly by 2015

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University of Michigan economists predicted Michigan will add 65,000 jobs next year.
By 2015 Michigan should reach job levels last seen before the 2008-2009 recession, economists announced Friday. But the state would still be just less than halfway back to job levels from the mid-2000s. University of Michigan economists offered an overall optimistic forecast for the Michigan and U.S.
Fashion & Design
6:09 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Ballet dancer makes dresses out of recyclables

Zoe Valette modeling her tutu
courtesy of Zoe Valette

Artist Zoe Valette of Kalamazoo designs unique clothing out of recycled materials. Her work will be on display at People's Church in Kalamazoo this weekend. Her latest design was a tutu made out of 120 plastic bags. 

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6:06 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Small movie theaters struggle to switch to digital

Film engineer Johanna Kelly preps some trailer film at WMU's Little Theatre
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Starting January first, the film industry will stop making movies on the old 35 millimeter reels—which means movie theaters all over the country have until that date to switch to digital projectors. But it hasn’t been easy for small theaters—the new technology starts at about $50,000. Despite the cost, theaters in Southwest Michigan are trying to make it work.

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4:55 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Downtown parking rates could go up in Kalamazoo next year

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Daily parking rates in ramps would go up by five cents. Monthly rates for cars could increase by $1-4. Daily metered parking rates would stay the same, but monthly meter rates would go up by $2 .
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Parking rates in downtown Kalamazoo could rise 5 percent in 2014. The Kalamazoo Downtown Development Authority is considering the hike as part of the 2014 proposed $3.3 million parking budget. DDA directors considered the budget on Monday, but decided to table the decision until the board's December meeting.
4:01 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Schoolcraft Council President steps down

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Dan DeVries works for the Stryker Corporation and will be relocating to Phoenix, Arizona.
SCHOOLCRAFT, MI - The Schoolcraft Village Council will take its time replacing Village President Dan DeVries, who stepped down Monday after four years because of a job relocation. DeVries is employed with Stryker Medical and will be transferring to Phoenix, Ariz. with his wife, Kate, and two children, Adele, 6, and Jack, 4.