Nancy Derringer

Staff Writer Nancy Nall Derringer has been a writer, editor and teacher in Metro Detroit for seven years, and was a co-founder and editor of GrossePointeToday.com, an early experiment in hyperlocal journalism. Before that, she worked for 20 years in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where she won numerous state and national awards for her work as a columnist for The News-Sentinel. A native of Columbus, Ohio, she attended Ohio University, and was a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan in 2003-04. She lives in Grosse Pointe Woods with her husband and daughter.

Articles

How Trump can help Detroit

February 22, 2017 | Nancy Derringer

Suffice to say, Detroit did not go Donald Trump’s way last November. But the new president promised to bring more jobs, better schools and safer streets to African-American communities. We asked Detroit residents and civic leaders what making Detroit great again might look like.

Amid strikes and spares, Muslim nervousness that the game has changed

February 9, 2017 | Nancy Derringer

Four couples, two lanes, 10 frames – when the president makes you feel unwelcome, sometimes you just have to go bowling.

Detroit churches face off with mayor over spike in water bills

February 2, 2017 | Nancy Derringer

Noah had to deal with a deluge. So do Detroit faith leaders, in the form of sharply rising bills to cover stormwater runoff. The city is offering help, but some say they fear closure.

How one businesswoman is drawing inspiration from a legendary madam

February 1, 2017 | Nancy Derringer

Bailey Sisoy Isgro never knew Helen McGowan, the infamous “Motor City Madam,” whose women catered to Detroit’s discretion-seeking power brokers. But her brothel is fueling another potent business.

Meet Michigan's divided: Hussein and Mariam Charara

January 24, 2017 | Nancy Derringer

Meet Hussein and Mariam Charara, from Dearborn.

Meet Michigan's divided

January 24, 2017 | Nancy Derringer, Ron French, Pat Shellenbarger, Jacob Wheeler

Can 11 passionate Michigan residents and families reach across the political and cultural chasms that too often divide our state?

The Michigan counties most vulnerable if Obamacare is repealed

January 12, 2017 | Nancy Derringer, Mike Wilkinson

Nearly a million residents now get healthcare through the Affordable Care Act or Medicaid expansion, coverage that faces an uncertain future if Obamacare is scrapped with no replacement. At highest risk: several counties that voted for Trump.

Repeal Obamacare? Michigan delegation split…and a bit vague

January 12, 2017 | Nancy Derringer, Mike Wilkinson

Thousands of residents in each Michigan congressional district get health insurance through either Medicaid expansion or a government-run exchange. Here’s how their Washington representatives stand on repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

Half a world away from the Middle East, a reporter finds black gold

December 15, 2016 | Nancy Derringer

Some of the best journalism on Iraq’s oil industry comes out of a company based in Kalamazoo. That’s right.

In state with low reading scores, a West Michigan effort shows promise

December 1, 2016 | Nancy Derringer

Many of today’s kindergarteners may eventually have to repeat third grade if their reading skills fall short. In West Michigan, 100 school districts have joined forces to boost early reading. The goal: to pass every student to fourth grade.

Six ways Tuesday’s election may change Michigan

November 10, 2016 | Ron French, Nancy Derringer

From health insurance costs to road repairs to Rick Snyder losing the last of his mojo, Tuesday’s election is likely to have a huge impact on the Michigan Legislatur

Dewey defeats Truman 2.0, and why so many pollsters were blindsided by Trump

November 10, 2016 | Nancy Derringer

Polling is scientific – really. But its accuracy depends on skillful practices, which can be constrained by outside pressures like time and money.

State House bill takes partisanship out of some primaries

November 10, 2016 | Nancy Derringer

Why do we require local sheriffs, prosecutors and clerks to declare a party affiliation in the primaries? One U.P. representative lobbies to end this practice in a Bridge Q-and-A.

Why Flint’s lead pipe replacement costs so much, and moves so slowly

October 20, 2016 | Nancy Derringer

How do you replace an entire city’s aging underground infrastructure? One house at a time.

Will metro Detroit voters approve mass transit that most will not use?

October 13, 2016 | Nancy Derringer

Metro Detroit’s miserable public transit picture has a potential solution, requiring buy-in from those who use it and the businesses and communities that benefit from it. Whether voters will get on board remains an open question

Study rips state for higher tuition, lack of support for higher ed

September 6, 2016 | Nancy Derringer

In a report released today, a public policy group says the legislature is underfunding its public universities at a critical time in a transforming economy

How Grand Rapids is prepping for the next big storm

September 1, 2016 | Nancy Derringer

Michigan, like most states, will have to spend billions on aging water infrastructure. But cities like Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor and even tiny Manistee are already dipping their toes into innovative projects to keep surging stormwater at bay.

Amid opioid crisis, few doctors use Michigan’s outdated drug monitoring tool

August 18, 2016 | Nancy Derringer

Michigan’s online system is supposed to detect physicians and patients who abuse prescription painkillers. But the current version is so slow most doctors don’t even bother. And a bill to update the system hardly seems a cure-all.

Northern Michigan counties vulnerable to HIV, hepatitis C outbreaks

August 18, 2016 | Nancy Derringer

Federal public health officials say 11 poor and rural Michigan counties share characteristics that make them ripe for illness, much of it stemming from drug abuse.

Amid guns and violence and police shootings, a program that works

July 21, 2016 | Nancy Derringer

Operation Ceasefire, designed to get police and young people talking and taking responsibility, has shown results in cities across the nation. Kalamazoo is betting it can work there, too

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