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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It is exactly what northern Michigan health officials said they were afraid of -  two out-of-state visitors arrived in Grand Traverse County over the holiday weekend with symptoms of COVID 19. One is now in the hospital after testing positive while the rest of their family has been quarantined.

Brian Baker

Central Michigan nurses held an informational picket on Tuesday to call on McLaren to release information about the federal aid it has received and the availability of PPE.

Curious Gladwin county residents are being advised to stay out of the bed of the now-empty Wixom Lake.

Mid-Michigan residents are beginning to take stock of the damage wrought by historic floods.    

Ryan Kaleto

The City of Midland is evacuating a quarter of its residents in preparation for what officials say is a once in a 500-year flood.

On Tuesday, two dams upstream of Midland failed leading city officials to call for the immediate evacuation of some 10,000 residents.