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.

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Kevin Dooley /

Lawmakers behind a bill package that some have accused of creating a “shadow government” say they are just trying to find balance.

Matt Mollinari /

Gratiot County is part of a childcare desert, according to a group who want to bring a new childcare facility to the region.


A group of Michigan businesses released a letter Monday calling on Governor Snyder to veto a package of bills that would set up an industry-led panel to review and approve DEQ regulations.

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An environmental group launched a ballot initiative Monday to require energy companies in Michigan to use 30 percent renewable energy by 2030.

Mark Goebel

The Progressive Women’s Caucus on Monday announced it’s legislative goals for combating sexual assault.

Keith Cooper /

A new bill in the Michigan Senate would require former lobbyists appointed to positions by the Governor to reveal who paid them to lobby.

Joe Plette /

One Michigan lawmaker is responding to the news that her resolution calling for the protection of DACA recipients has already died in committee.

Christian Collins /

Bay city officials have created three committees to explore options for renovating its aging bridges.

Ferris State University announced Friday that it has received two million dollars worth of original artwork for it’s Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia.

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A new liquid feed plant is expected to break ground Monday in Saginaw County.