Ben Thorp


Ben grew up listening to WCMU and has become an obsessive of podcasts, radio, and the home life of Ira Glass. Ben joined WCMU in December, 2015 as a general assignment reporter. Since then, Ben has won multiple statewide awards for his reporting efforts, and had several stories aired nationally on NPR's 'Morning Edition' and 'All Things Considered.'

Ben is a native of Petoskey, and graduated from Michigan State University in 2014.

Ways to Connect

Mic Stolz /

A public hearing is scheduled for July 25 on a permit application for 22 anchor supports on the Line 5 Pipeline beneath the straits of Mackinac.

Jospeh /

A package of bills in the state house would restrict scholarships and grants using state money to only include U.S. Citizens.

maegan02 /

Athletes are bad at recognizing how close they are to heat stroke, according to new research out of Central Michigan University.

justgrimes /

A Grand Rapids based group is hoping to put the process of drawing electoral maps into the hands of the people, and end gerrymandering for good.

Alexandria Perone /

New estimates from the United States Department of Agriculture show Isabella County farmers sustained as much as $28 million in damage from a June flood.

Joe Ross /

Police seized over $15 million from persons suspected of a crime in 2016, according to a new report from the Michigan State Police.

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A lawsuit alleging religious discrimination was filed Monday against the Bay View Association, a private community in Emmet County.

Simon Q /

New data released Thursday shows a dramatic increase in drug overdose deaths across the state.

A new book tackles poverty, addiction, and female friendship and follows the main character as she is drawn into the life of  a friend, who struggles with opioid addiction.

Joel Dinda /

Traverse City is unlikely to pursue a sanctuary city designation after a vote Tuesday advised against it.