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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Dominic Simpson /

A new bill in the state house would require marijuana products to come with warning labels for pregnant women.

Adam Moss /

The City of Flint could gain more local control after a state board voted Wednesday to give more power back to city officials.

Matt Katzenberger /

Michigan falls short in providing a safety net for unemployed workers, according to a new report.

Molly Adams /

Michigan immigrant rights groups are responding to news that President Trump’s phaseout of DACA has been temporarily blocked by a federal judge.

Tom Shockey /

Officials in Traverse City say the community is on track to reach its goal to be operating on 100% renewable energy in city buildings by 2020.

C X 2 /

A ban on straight party voting was intentionally discriminatory, according to supporters of the practice, who say new documents could prove it.

Martin Cathrae /

Michigan’s confidential student safety tip line received over one thousand more calls in 2017 compared to 2016.

Ariel Zambelich/NPR

An evaluation of Flint’s financial stability and self-governance are expected to be discussed Wednesday at a meeting of the city’s state-appointed oversight board.

Xavier Robin /

The Michigan DNR is conducting a four year, 600-thousand dollar study of the migratory patterns of deer in western upper peninsula.


A new report shows the number of houses built in Michigan increased by almost 9% between 2016 and 2017.