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

Annette Elizabeth Allen for NPR

President Trump is delivering his State of the Union address to Congress, which will be followed by a response from the Democratic Party. Journalists across the NPR newsroom will be annotating those remarks, adding fact-checks and analysis in real time. You can also watch the address live.

The Paw Paw Playhouse has new ownership, new sound and lighting, and a fresh coat of paint
Rebecca Thiele/WMUK

The Paw Paw Playhouse is celebrating its re-opening on Saturday, January 27th. The theatre had been vacant since February of last year. Now the building has a new owner, a variety of acts, and a bakery downstairs. What it doesn’t have is its original tenants. After 45 years, the Paw Paw Village Players have left the playhouse. 

Crown Tree by Sniedze Janson-Runģis. Runģis says humans are supposed to be the crown of civilization — but if we are to become that, we have to be much more benevolent. She found a root that she thought looked a lot like a crown and that was the basis.
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

This November, Latvia will celebrate its 100th year as a country. To honor that anniversary, Western Michigan University’s Richmond Center for Visual Arts has two exhibits by Latvian-American artists. 

Lyla Eslick (left) and Caden Cook (right) came to the Women's March with their mothers
Rebecca Thiele/WMUK

This year's Women’s March in Kalamazoo focused on getting out the vote and making feminism more inclusive for people of color. Organizers say about 2,800 protestors walked from Western Michigan University to Bronson Park and back again on Sunday, advocating for women’s rights and other human rights issues. 

Hemlock woolly adelgid makes this small, cotton-like sacs at the base of the needles of a hemlock tree
Elizabeth Willhite, USDA

A bug that kills hemlock trees has invaded West Michigan. Hemlock woolly adelgid has been found in four counties: Allegan, Ottawa, Muskegon, and Oceana. It's a tiny bug that makes small, cotton-like sacs at the base of a hemlock tree's needles.