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

It’s that time of year where Kalamazoo County playwrights come together to do staged readings of new work. The 8th annual Theatre Kalamazoo New Play Festival takes place next Friday and Saturday, February 9th and 10th. 

Members of the Small Town Allies & LGBTQ group sit in front of some of the crafts they'll make at their upcoming event
Rebecca Thiele/WMUK

If you’re LGBTQ in a small town, where do you go for support? The group Small Town Allies & LGBTQ has filled that need for almost 10 years. It’s holding a Valentine craft and coffee event on Thursday, February 8th from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Allegan County Technical & Education Center.

Overlooking the dunes in the Saugatuck area (File photo: 2010)
Rebecca Thiele/WMUK

A controversial marina is one step closer to being built in the protected Saugatuck dunes area. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality recently approved permits for the 300-acre private development. It’s the same site as the resort proposed by the late oil and gas mogul Aubrey McClendon. 

USGS scientist collecting a water-quality sample from Zollner Creek, Oregon for a national-scale investigation of the environmental occurrence of neonicotinoid insecticides in agricultural and urban settings.
Hank Johnson, USGS

Pesticides thought to harm some kinds of bees are turning up in Great Lakes tributaries at unexpected times of the year. Neonicotinoids — or neonics for short — are used on crops, in gardens, and in pet flea medicine. 

Annette Elizabeth Allen for NPR

President Trump is delivering his State of the Union address to Congress, which will be followed by a response from the Democratic Party. Journalists across the NPR newsroom will be annotating those remarks, adding fact-checks and analysis in real time. You can also watch the address live.