Nancy Nall Derringer has been a writer and editor in Metro Detroit since 2005.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June 16, 2015 | Nancy Derringer
A Democratic representatives finds a legislator can be effective when his party is outnumbered, by turning policymaking into more of a chess game than an all-out assault.