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

BRADLEY, MI – The Gun Lake Tribe announced Scott Sprague has been sworn in as chairman of the Tribal Council after his cousin, Leah Sprague-Fodor, failed to win re-election to the seven-member council in an Aug. 23 election. (Mlive)

Emmett Township - Some 150 Emmett Township homeowners may have to come up with thousands of dollars to pay for what health officials argue is the best solution to eliminating elevated levels of arsenic from their water: ditch their wells and hook up to the city's public system. (Battle Creek Enquirer)

For September's Art Hop, Kalamazoo artists Keyon Lovett and Alfield Reeves are coming together to show two very different aspects of the African American experience. Both might change the way you think about two everyday things - social media and hair. 

Renee Stout and Hand Print Workshop International, Alexandria, VA

If you’ve been to the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts this summer, you might have seen the exhibit by Washington D.C. artist Renee Stout called Tales of the Conjure Woman. It’s like stepping into the home of a Hoodoo fortune teller. There are altars with bottles upon bottles of herbs and potions, next to journal entries on how to ensnare a love interest.

But what is Hoodoo exactly? Western Michigan University cultural anthropologist Kristina Wirtz will talk about Hoodoo and Santeria in the context the exhibit September 29th at 6:30 p.m. . 

Allen Buhl (left) helps to flatten out the bottom of a glass pumpkin that Philip Dawson (right) is making at Glass Art Kalamazoo in 2015.
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

The West Michigan Glass Art Center has been closed for about a year to settle its roughly $60,000 debt. Starting next week it will reopen to the public - with a new name and a new look. But the recently renamed Glass Art Kalamazoo still has an uncertain future.