News person and social media guru for @wmuk1021, an NPR station in Kalamazoo, MI. Story ideas? Send them here: rebecca [dot] thiele [at] wmich [dot] edu.

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RT @washingtonpost: Five states allow guns to be seized before someone can commit violence  http://wapo.st/2EvrTcq 
RT @insideclimate: A federal appeals court ruled on Monday that Arctic ringed seals must be protected under the Endangered Species Act… https://t.co/pYNxUP6Hv2

Why did you become a journalist?

To make a difference in the world

What advice can you offer to aspiring journalists?

Get experience in any kind of journalism you're even remotely interested in. You might discover a new passion that you never knew you had.

When you're not at a computer, where are you most likely to be?

Hiking or drinking a craft beer

Awards

Society of Professional Journalists Award

2010 - 1st Place: Radio News Reporting
As a student, I won a first place regional award for my feature "Rain Delays Harvest." The story was about how Mid-Missouri farmers were unable to reach their crops with equipment due to heavy rains.

Public Radio News Directors Incorporated

2014 - Best Use of Sound
I won second place in the Best Use of Sound category for my audio postcard on "sound walks"—where soundscape ecologists teach the public about how people and animals react to the many sounds in our world