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

Once a week, competitive cyclist Valerie Litznerski rides her bike to work. To avoid dangerous intersections, she says she cuts through apartment complexes, parking lots, and adds time to her ride.
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

It’s been a little over a year since nine Kalamazoo bicyclists were struck by a pickup truck driver allegedly under the influence of prescription drugs. Five cyclists died and four were injured that day in June 2016.

Though that was only one incident, bike crashes in the state are nothing new. Between 2005 and 2015, Michigan ranked 11th highest for bike deaths per capita in the United States.


Owner of Bab El Salam in Portage, Mazen, points at pre-packaged, halal meat he sells at his store.
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

For the past few months, we’ve been taking your questions on Islam and the cultural practices of Muslims. Listener Julie Kelemen used to work for Meijer in the clothing department. She also hosted a Pakistani exchange student for a year. That prompted Kelemen to ask: What would it take for a chain of grocery stores to carry halal meat? 


In this June 1967 file photo, Paul McCartney, from left, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and John Lennon of The Beatles appear backstage during a break in rehearsals for the live broadcast on the "Our World" program at EMI studios in London.
AP Images

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” To celebrate, Van Buren District Library is bringing in Beatles scholar Aaron Krerowicz to analyze the album on Monday, June 12th at 6:30 p.m. at the Antwerp Sunshine branch in Mattawan.


Fran Dwight

What’s that saying - “You can’t rush art.” A few months ago, Kalamazoo singer-songwriter Kaitlin Rose was getting antsy. It had been two years since she released an album and the pressure was on. But instead of putting out an incomplete album, Rose decided to make a short, four-song EP. She'll have a release show for the work Sunday, May 28th at 6:30 p.m. at Rootead dance studio in Kalamazoo.


Kalamazoo's Dyrk Hamilton shares his experience being discriminated against as a transgender man at OutFront Kalamazoo, formerly known as the Kalamazoo Gay Lesbian Resource Center
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

LGBT rights organizations are calling for state lawmakers to include protections for transgender people in civil rights laws. 

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