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 rally against Planned Parenthood in Kalamazoo was met with about 800 pro-choice protestors. Saturday’s demonstration was part of a national movement to cut federal funding to the organization that offers abortions and women’s health services. 

Chat room users Orangutan (left) and Chutes And Ladders (right) in the Western production of 'Water By The Spoonful'
John Lacko

The internet allows people to connect who never would have met each other before. People who live in opposite corners of the globe, from different backgrounds and cultures. The Pulitzer-Prize winning play Water By The Spoonful by Quiara Alegría Hudes explores human connections on and offline. Western Michigan University will perform Water By The Spoonful February 10th through February 19th.

Sarah Schudel in the game room at her parent's home in Kalamazoo - the site of this year's state championships for pinball.
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Few kids grow up with a pinball machine, but Sarah Schudel had a game room full of them. Her childhood home has 47 pinball machines. Schudel is ranked 7th in the state and 8th in the world for women.

On Saturday, February 11th, she’ll be one of 16 Michiganders competing in this year’s Michigan Pinball Championship put on by the International Flipper Pinball Association

Kalamazoo residents Erum and Seema Shah rallying for immigrant and Muslim rights at Bronson Park
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Hundreds of people filled Kalamazoo’s Bronson Park on Sunday protesting Donald Trump’s immigration ban. The President’s executive order prevents people from seven countries - Iraq, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen - from entering the United States for 90 days. It also bans all refugees for 120 days.

Author, founder of the black newspaper 'The Voice of the Fugitive,' and former slave, Henry Bibb.
Wikimedia Commons

It’s safe to say that a fist fight changed Kalamazoo playwright Von Washington Sr.’s life. While stationed in Montana with the U.S. Air Force, Washington says he got into a scuffle with a man on the street. When the police arrived, the man lied and said that Washington had a weapon - an offense that could have put him in prison.