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

An Elkhart, Indiana Material Recovery Facility
Recycle Works

The city is moving to single-stream recycling starting October 1st. Residents will now throw all of their recycling into one large cart that will be picked up every other week. The City of Kalamazoo will host an open house at the Community Room in City Hall to discuss the new program on Wednesday, August 23 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

The sun and moon during a partial solar eclipse

Not traveling to see the big solar eclipse? Here's how to enjoy it in Southwest Michigan.

Goth - it’s a darker kind of rock perhaps better known for its style than its music. Back in the late 90's and early 2000's, the Kalamazoo goth band Amaranth was a pretty big deal. Dressed in black clothes and plenty of eyeliner - they played Chicago, Detroit, and all over southwest Michigan. 

William Pitts stands across the street from the photo art project "We Are Edison." His portrait is on the old Color Lab building along with many of his neighbors.
Fran Dwight

In Kalamazoo’s Washington Square area, a happy scream emits from a car driving down Portage Street. William Pitts and a friend hurry to park by the old Color Lab building.

“I was just telling my friend that my picture should be up on the wall and stuff. And she was like, ‘For real?’” says Pitts.

Petitioners may be able to repeal a law requiring contractors to pay union-level wages to workers on state-funded projects. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality says it needs even more info from Nestle about the impact of its water withdrawal proposal.