Nancy Derringer

Nancy Nall Derringer has been a writer and editor in Metro Detroit since 2005.

Articles

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.

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The Michigan counties most vulnerable if Obamacare is repealed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

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