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

Bridge book on Flint crisis offers lessons on government failure

June 22, 2016 | Nancy Derringer

“Poison on Tap,” the first book released on Flint’s lead-poisoning disaster, shows how a series of government missteps left children in this impoverished city with a lifetime of heartache. A portion of book sales will go to help those children.

Human trafficking fight plagued by bad data, as well as bad guys

June 9, 2016 | Nancy Derringer

Sex and labor trafficking are problems. But the state is left to create laws with no reliable data on the scope of problem in Michigan, or even a common understanding of what constitutes trafficking. Too often, Hollywood fills the vacuum.

In Battle Creek, a starving Cereal City

May 12, 2016 | Nancy Derringer

The “breakfast capital of the world” is having its lunch eaten by a fraying municipal infrastructure.

Not waiting for government, philanthropy steps up to help Flint

May 11, 2016 | Nancy Derringer

In an echo of Detroit’s “grand bargain,” 10 Michigan foundations, led by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, are combining to inject up to $125 million into Flint’s recovery.

Are tampons as essential as toilet paper? Menstruation goes mainstream

May 10, 2016 | Nancy Derringer

The Michigan Legislature has yet to hold hearings on a measure that would require that tampons be provided free in public schools and state buildings. Other bills would exempt menstrual products from the state sales tax

Felony charges filed against state, city employees in Flint water crisis

April 20, 2016 | Nancy Derringer

The state attorney general promises more will be held responsible for the city’s lead-tainted water, while singling out two DEQ employees, as well as Flint’s water-quality supervisor.

24 Michigan hospitals were penalized for patient safety gaps. Is there a better measure?

April 19, 2016 | Nancy Derringer

A national ranking system financially punishes hospitals for high rates of hospital-acquired conditions, such as infections. But large, big-city hospitals say their poor scores can be misleading because they deal with patients more susceptible to complications.

Citizens Research Council marks 100 years of putting government under its microscope

April 12, 2016 | Nancy Derringer

It’s one of the most influential groups you’ve never heard of. Born a century ago, its independent research still drives much of state policymaking.

Candidates are gone, but economic woes remain for Trump, Sanders supporters

April 5, 2016 | Nancy Derringer

What happens when opposites attract? Many supporters of outsider candidates Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders find themselves agreeing on issues, but from very different directions.

How Lansing can reduce crowding at state’s lone women’s prison

March 29, 2016 | Nancy Derringer

An epidemic of drug addiction has swollen the state’s sole women’s prison to near-capacity, leading to overcrowding complaints. Is there a better way?

Sticking with your own kind: tribalism in politics

March 3, 2016 | Nancy Derringer

We all tend to vote for one party over another. But we also are more likely to live, love and troll among fellow travelers.

After decades of failure, will metro Detroit pass mass transit this year?

February 23, 2016 | Nancy Derringer

Southeast Michigan has tried, and failed, to craft a functional public-transit system that works – many times. Leaders hope the RTA’s master plan, to be revealed this spring, will turn the tide

In Cleveland, they built it, and riders came, along with a whole lot more

February 23, 2016 | Nancy Derringer

The lessons of Cleveland’s HealthLine bus rapid transit are many, including the need for wide community support for the project to succeed. But officials say the return on investment has been worth it

No more pie fights, or how news organizations can elevate online discussion

February 19, 2016 | Nancy Derringer

News organizations that leave reader comment sections alone risk losing them to trolls. Or, as this expert puts it, “If people walk into a pie fight, they’ll pick up a pie.

Settled into U-M’s top job, Mark Schlissel strategizes its future

February 2, 2016 | Nancy Derringer

After 18 months on the job, U-M’s 14th president is seeking ways to make Michigan’s elite institution more diverse, welcoming and valuable to the state

U-M President defends Harbaugh’s football recruiting ethics

January 29, 2016 | Nancy Derringer

A disappointed high-school football player was counting on being a Michigan Wolverine in the fall. But U-M’s president says recruits should not consider themselves accepted until they are actually admitted.

A year post-bankruptcy, Detroit still has a long to-do list

December 8, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

The nation’s largest Chapter 9 proceeding left Michigan’s biggest city standing on its own legs again, but those legs are shaky. Detroit Journalism Cooperative members look at how the stakeholders are doing.

Teen births declining in Michigan. But hurdles in northern, rural counties.

December 3, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

‘Babies having babies’ isn’t the problem it once was. But rates are higher in northern, rural counties, in a state where school districts may opt out of sex ed entirely.

How one plucky Michigan town is rebuilding its housing market

November 12, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

Land banks were conceived to help counties stabilize property values in a changing economy. But Oakland County doesn’t have a land bank. So tiny Hazel Park essentially created its own, and is beginning to reap the benefits.

What’s so good about land banks? A Q&A

November 12, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

Want to take a chance on a piece of property the last owner couldn’t handle?

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