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

A wasp hovers over a tulip on a warm spring day in Washington Park on Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Albany, N.Y.
AP Photo/Mike Groll

This time of year, it’s not unusual for bees to ruin your picnic. Except the bugs landing on your potato salad likely aren’t bees at all. Many people have trouble telling the difference between bees and other stinging, flying insects. 


Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

On Friday, the Michigan Public Service Commission approved a plan to let Consumers Energy end its power purchase agreement with Palisades’ owner Entergy.

From left to right: Dwandra Lampkin, Ariszia Staton, Imari Brown in WMU's production of "Waiting to be Invited"
John Lacko

In the play, “Waiting to be Invited” by S.M. Shepard-Massat, three black housewives are going to Marsh’s - a “whites only” restaurant at an Atlanta department store. It’s 1964 and segregation has just been outlawed. Odessa, Louise, and Delores are going to see what happens when they walk inside. 


Fido Motors' first scooter model
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

If you wanted to buy a car - say a Ford Focus, which is made in Michigan - you could go to an auto dealer. But even if you went to the Ford assembly plant - you couldn’t buy a Focus directly from Ford. It’s illegal for vehicle manufacturers to sell to consumers in the state. That’s causing trouble for popular electric car maker Tesla - and a small startup in Kalamazoo. 


Sharon Hoogstraten

Chicago photographer and Potawatomi member Sharon Hoogstraten has been photographing Potawatomi people in their regalia for the past eight years. She’ll give a talk at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts on Tuesday, September 19th at noon.


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