Nancy Derringer

Staff Writer Nancy Nall Derringer has been a writer and editor in Metro Detroit since 2005. You can reach Nancy via email at nderringer@bridgemi.com or call her at 734-548-0033.

Articles

If you don’t want to lose your job to a robot, don’t think like one

August 17, 2017 | Nancy Derringer

Jobs will undoubtedly be lost to artificial intelligence, and others gained. The trick will be to craft policy to help as many people who lost jobs to find new ones.  

Four tips for staying employed in the age of artificial intelligence

August 17, 2017 | Nancy Derringer

Spoiler alert: Use your head. It’s still better than a robot’s.

Fewer college students want to be teachers, and why it matters (searchable database)

August 3, 2017 | Nancy Derringer

Enrollment in teacher-prep programs is falling nationwide, and by more than 50 percent in Michigan colleges and universities. Why the classroom is losing its appeal.

Reviving war on drugs could carry big costs in Michigan

July 6, 2017 | Nancy Derringer

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is moving to reverse Obama policies in federal prosecutions that he views as soft on drugs. Doing so, though, could increase costs. A similar tough-on-crime approach in Michigan would reverse years of inmate declines. 

How many in your county would be most vulnerable to Obamacare repeal?

June 22, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson, Nancy Derringer

While everyone would feel the impact of the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, some are more vulnerable than others. Almost one in 10 Michigan residents have health insurance either through Obamacare individual plans or through Medicaid expansion. See how many in your county would be affected.

Should Michigan make it easier to opt out of school vaccines?

May 23, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson, Nancy Derringer

More kindergartners get their shots after the state made it harder to receive a waiver for them. Now, two lawmakers want to go back to the old system, but health officials say doing so is an invitation to trouble.

On the Detroit River, a faded dream at a city-owned marina

May 16, 2017 | Nancy Derringer

An African-American businessman dreamed of a place where people of color could live and boat on the river, in the shadow of high-rise luxury. It never happened.

Six ways Trump budget could threaten Michigan environment (SLIDESHOW)

May 4, 2017 | Nancy Derringer

A budget deal granted a reprieve to a popular Great Lakes program. But rivers, lakes and air could still be at risk, environmentalists warn.

Is gentrification helping or dividing Detroit?

April 20, 2017 | Nancy Derringer

Two writers discuss gentrification. One sees inequality. The other, glimmers of hope.

Welcome to the New Detroit, white people. So long, poor folks.

April 20, 2017 | Nancy Derringer

New book argues City Hall is picking winners and losers. And longtime residents are out of luck.

Bring on the wealthy to ease inequality in Detroit

April 20, 2017 | Nancy Derringer

Scholar argues that neighborhoods thrive when rich and poor live together.

Detroit scales back drain fees after churches balk

April 20, 2017 | Nancy Derringer

The city reduces controversial surcharge after religious leaders balk.

Top of the pecking order: Meet your Detroit Chicken

April 18, 2017 | Nancy Derringer

Which came first, the artist or the egg? High art generates a new breed of chicken for a Detroit urban farm.

Take two hits of Maui Wowie and call me in the morning: Baby boomers in the age of medical marijuana

March 14, 2017 | Nancy Derringer

Bad knees and all, a Bridge writer joins the middle-aged rush to marijuana dispensaries across Michigan

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.

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