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

An old photo of Bob Rowe performing for seniors in Calhoun County
courtesy of Bob Rowe

Longtime singer-songwriter Bob Rowe has finished his first folk album in over a decade. It’s called “Higher Ground" and it’s a return to Rowe’s roots after almost 30 years of playing country and gospel - and running his own non-profit. 

A petition to end gerrymandering is circulating in Michigan. Stryker Corp. wins a $240 million lawsuit for patent infringement. WMU will upgrade the president's house on campus before Edward Montgomery's first day.

State House Republicans and Democrats introduce legislation affecting immigrants. Michigan Democrats and anti-Trump groups team up to do healthcare town halls. Kalamazoo County wants to move the veterans service office. The Kellogg Foundation grants Battle Creek $1.5 million for economic development. New data shows Michigan gets most of its newcomers from Texas. 

Governor Snyder signs the 2018 budget. Late Comstock fire chief Ed Switalkski is named Michigan Fire Chief of the Year. Switchblades are legal now. Bronson Park in Kalamazoo has free Wi-Fi. Emmett Township gets ready to welcome medical marijuana dispensaries.

Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

An anti-nuclear activist says Palisades Nuclear Power Plant will still be a concern even after it’s closed. Chris Williams advocated for the shutdown of another Entergy-owned plant - Vermont Yankee. Williams addressed South Haven residents and activists at a talk Thursday night at Lake Michigan College.