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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A state advisory board Tuesday approved the construction of a new psychiatric hospital in Caro.

Alex Roosso /

A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction against the Michigan Secretary of State barring them from suspending driver's licenses for unpaid traffic violations.

Michael Dorausch /

Apples from a Michigan grower have been recalled in five states due to listeria concerns. The apples were sold in Michigan, Missouri, Georgia, Ohio, and Indiana.

John Vetterli /

A new package of bills would give private sector groups final authority on approval of rules made by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.


The US House of Representatives passed the final version of the GOP tax reform bill Tuesday.

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A petition to move Michigan to a part-time legislature says it will have the necessary 315-thousand signatures collected by the end of January.

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The U.S. Postal Service announced Wednesday that the Sleeping Bear Dunes will be featured on a stamp in 2018.

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A new case of Chronic Wasting Disease has been found on a deer arm outside Big Rapids in Mecosta County.

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An environmental group says lawmakers and the DNR are pushing a false narrative in order to create a hunting season for sandhill crane.

The Central Michigan University board of trustees has announced it will invest fourteen million dollars into new student support initiatives.