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

One Dearborn school soars. Another stumbles. Why?

June 23, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

A test result is a snapshot, and in Dearborn, one elementary school came out with a surprisingly better portrait than another in the critical milestone of third-grade reading. Why? Nobody seems to know.

Dem Rep. Sam Singh finds a lesson for Lansing in the streets of Pamplona

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.

Good roads or bad, Proposal 1 hated equally across Michigan

May 7, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

Think the counties with the poorest roads were more likely to vote yes? Think again. This is being called a historic defeat for a reason.

Todd Courser hits Lansing like a cannonball

April 28, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

The Lapeer freshman representative and tea party favorite puts faith, family and limited government at the front of his agenda. So why are fellow Republicans running for cover?

Plan B or no Plan B, here’s what happens if road proposal fails

April 9, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

The governor is telling voters there’s no alternative to Proposal 1. Lawmakers counter that there’s always a Plan B, but fear it might be worse.

The political tale behind the selling of Proposal 1

April 9, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

Complex problems rarely have simple solutions, say the legislators whose last-minute work in December’s lame-duck session produced the byzantine statewide vote to fix Michigan’s roads.

A Bridge primer: Untangling the pothole promise of Proposal 1

April 7, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

As Michigan drivers swerve around, and fall into, cracks in the state’s transportation infrastructure, the only solution on the table is almost as much of a headache.

Who supports, and opposes, Proposal 1

April 7, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

A wide range of groups are urging a yes vote on the plan to fix Michigan’s roads, and a few are opposing or staying neutral. How are they lining up? It depends on who stands to get paid.

For one Michigan legislative staffer, an hour or two in the spotlight

March 31, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

Bill Drake won an award from his peers -- the people who work behind the scenes to keep the Michigan Legislature running. He’s not used to being in the center of the frame.

A graying population poses challenges for Up North counties

March 12, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

High up on Michigan’s Mitten, arthritis is creeping into the fingertips. Michigan leads the nation with the most counties with a median age over 50.

Up North, isolation impedes health care for seniors

March 12, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

In far-flung rural Michigan, hardly anything is close by. It can be a problem for those in need of medical attention.

How posh Aspen and Jackson Hole make housing affordable for year-round workers

February 19, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

Michigan’s northern resort counties could learn from these swanky ski towns in Colorado and Wyoming.

Two Michigans gaze across a widening gap

February 17, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

You could hardly find a purer slice of Pure Michigan than the tip of the Lower Peninsula. But as the wealthy prosper alongside blue bays, those who live here year-round find life tougher to navigate

In northern counties, workers and business find each other lacking

February 17, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

There’s work to be done in the resort counties of northern Michigan, but opportunity doesn’t always match the available workforce.

Flint ‘middle college’ puts students on a road to work, college

February 11, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

Blending high-school studies with college sounds like an approach for the gifted, but Mott Middle College High serves all kinds of students, giving them unusual control over their own education.

Love him or hate him, here’s how one school superintendent calls snow days

January 22, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

Everybody else gets to sleep in, but the person who decides whether to cancel school has to be up at 4 a.m., having a conference call. It’s a chilling duty, and thankless.

In Detroit, city hall tries a new approach: helping

January 15, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

Detroit’s newly minted Department of Neighborhoods has unleashed a squadron of district managers, pledging to respond to residents’ calls that went unanswered for decades.

Detroit’s neighborhood fixers, by the numbers

January 15, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

Mayor Mike Duggan’s Department of Neighborhoods measures success in vacant-lot sales, cleanups and complaints answered.

Deal to fix roads reached in lame duck, but voters must approve new tax

December 18, 2014 | Nancy Derringer

The bipartisan deal aligns with overwhelming public support for road investment across the state, even if it means higher taxes. The deal captures $1.2 billion a year for Michigan’s crumbling transportation infrastructure, but requires voters to approve a 1-cent sales tax increase in May.

Changing views on sexual misconduct leave colleges vulnerable, accusers and accused frustrated

December 4, 2014 | Nancy Derringer

The University of Michigan is struggling to balance safety and fairness in responding to reports of sexual assault. But an evolving disciplinary process and new standards of evidence leave many confused. Talk about blurred lines.

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