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.

E-mail: rebecca [dot] thiele [at] wmich [dot] edu

The view from Frank Wolf's property on Woods Lake. Wolf was president of the Woods Lake Association when the detention wall was put in to clean up the lake.
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Last year, the Michigan Department of Transportation used more than 650,000 tons of salt on the state’s roads. That’s 130 pounds per person. (CORRECTION: Original story stated an error that it was 15 tons per person.) Eventually, all of that salt washes into Michigan’s lakes and streams - which could be making the drinking water in Michigan’s urban areas unsafe.

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The public has little more than a week to comment on a plan for the Allied Paper Landfill site. The Environmental Protection Agency and the City of Kalamazoo collaborated to come up with the design. It would cap the toxic PCB waste, but leave more room for redevelopment. But Thursday night, one company suggested the city take a different approach. 

Jane Finkel in WMUK's Takeda studio
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

If you haven’t heard of the Kalamazoo indie/folk band Less Is More, you might have at least heard of their blended acoustic cover of the songs “Cool Kids” and “Riptide” - a collaboration they did with the band The Queen and King. It’s reached over 22 million plays on Spotify. 

Bob Psalmond's art at Kellogg Community College's library
Kellogg Community College

Five years ago, Kellogg Community College noticed that a large number of veterans were enrolled in its classes. So it started a writing project to help bring those veterans together.

Megan Dooley in WMUK's Takeda studio
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

This past spring, singer/songwriter Megan Dooley thought she had it made. Her band Moxieville was getting gigs left and right. They had written all the song for a new album and just received a grant to produce it from the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo