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. You can reach Nancy via email or call her at 734-548-0033.

Articles

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?

Improved smiles for some low-income Michigan children

October 29, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

Medicaid expansion and innovative programs are giving more low-income Michigan children a shot at healthy dental care. But access still lags in some rural and urban areas, and impoverished adults continue to suffer from lack of preventative care after years of uncertain funding.

Effort to ban fluoride in drinking water makes little headway in Michigan

October 29, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

Concern over fluoride’s effect on the human body – and some anti-government sentiment – is forcing dentists and scientists to defend the longstanding practice of putting fluoride in water systems to improve dental health.

For impoverished Michiganders, a little help in the kitchen

October 15, 2015 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey, Nancy Derringer

Low-income people often find it harder to eat well. Classes designed to teach basic cooking skills, and how to find food growing wild on vacant lots, aim to fill the gap.

What we can do to reduce extreme college drinking

September 30, 2015 | Ron French, Nancy Derringer

Nov. 1, 2011 was supposed to be the day Michigan won an important battle in the war on high-risk college drinking. That’s the day a new state liquor policy, called the keg tag law, went into effect.

Unconscious students on hospital gurneys: A Game Day diary

September 28, 2015 | Nancy Derringer, Ron French, Mike Wilkinson

Universities are spending millions to curb dangerous drinking. Yet blackout partying persists in a puke-and-rally culture. Bridge investigates what works, and what doesn’t, in the ongoing battle to keep college students safe.

Stone-cold sober on game day? It really happens

September 28, 2015 | Nancy Derringer, Ron French

When the subject of campus drinking comes up, university officials at schools all over Michigan make sure to point out that thousands of students on their campuses don’t drink at all.

Michigan wants Lansing, schools to lead on college affordability

September 15, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

Michigan residents believe strongly that students need a college degree or job training after high school to succeed. Yet the high cost of college has many questioning whether the loan debt is worth it.

An accident runner, a chiropractor, and the push to curb no-fault insurance

August 25, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

The insurance industry cites schemes involving morally flexible lawyers and overactive doctors as reason to curb Michigan’s no-fault law. Critics say Lansing’s “reform” legislation would hurt the most seriously injured.

A different kind of house call: The doctor will see you now – remotely

July 23, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

Living far from a major hospital may not always be a hindrance to high-quality health care. Telemedicine can deliver healthcare to rural corners of Michigan, where a specialist may be hundreds of miles away.

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