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

The past two months have been a bevy of questions surrounding the move of football coach P.J. Fleck from Western Michigan to Minnesota but at the forefront has been "Row the Boat." The energetic coach has been using the phrase verbally at his new job leading the Golden Gophers football program, but he did not own the rights to it, Western Michigan did. As of Wednesday morning, that has changed. (Mlive)

You can now text an emergency in Kalamazoo County. The Kalamazoo County Consolidated Dispatch Authority’s has been working on the Text-to-9-1-1 service since August of last year.

KALAMAZOO, MI -- Paramount Charter Academy will offer a new kindergarten program for students who need a bit more time to prepare. The program, called young 5s, will allow students an extra year of kindergarten to adjust socially and academically before advancing to first grade. There are 18 spots available in the fall for children who are 5 years old before Dec. 1. (Kalamazoo Gazette)

LANSING — The opening round of a fight over tax cuts went to Republicans Tuesday when they voted to gradually phase out the personal income tax, blowing a $1.1 billion hole into the state’s budget in the first full year of its implementation. (Detroit Free Press)

KALAMAZOO, MI -- When Uber driver Jason Dalton allegedly was trekking across Kalamazoo County shooting people between fares, victims had no warning. A year later, police have a tool to alert the public of imminent threats, inspired by the February 2016 Kalamazoo mass shooting that left six people dead and two seriously wounded. The warning, similar to an AMBER Alert issued for missing and endangered children, has been activated once since becoming law in Michigan last year. It was nearly used a second time this January, in Kalamazoo County, the Michigan State Police said. (Kalamazoo Gazette)