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

Two U-M sexual assault cases, little satisfaction

December 4, 2014 | Nancy Derringer

In one case, a female student waited four years before her assailant, a U-M football player, was punished. In another, a male student says he was falsely accused, then tarred by an overzealous court at the university.

Is Michigan now officially a red state?

November 6, 2014 | Nancy Derringer, Ted Roelofs

What was once a state of solid Democratic majorities is undeniably moving in another direction, and has been for two decades. What might lie along that road?

GOP hunts votes in the D

October 16, 2014 | Nancy Derringer

The Republican National Committee opened an African-American engagement office in overwhelmingly Democratic Detroit. Early returns are a bit fuzzy.

In a gentrifying Detroit, an uneasy migration of urban millennials

August 21, 2014 | Nancy Derringer

Is gentrification a bad thing? Is it even happening downtown? The answers depend on your perspective, and perhaps your bank account.

You can’t spell gentrification without gentry

August 21, 2014 | Nancy Derringer

What is this thing called gentrification – displacement or improvement?

Benchmark: Livability

June 24, 2014 | Nancy Derringer

A city’s quality of life can be hard to define, but a few steps forward could give Detroit residents a warm feeling about the future.

Political reformers, with hardly a friend across the aisle, press on in Michigan

June 19, 2014 | Nancy Derringer

Redistricting reform, election reform and finance reform all have their supporters in Michigan, but most have Ds after their name.

3 hot political reforms not heading Michigan’s way

June 19, 2014 | Nancy Derringer

Efforts aimed at making voting easier, races more competitive and political money easier to track are gaining steam elsewhere.

Among an influx of scholars, an emerging new face of Michigan

June 17, 2014 | Nancy Derringer

The state’s colleges and universities – and even its high schools – are magnets for international students. Can they be persuaded to stay?

In a diplomatic snub, reflections of a distant relationship

June 17, 2014 | Nancy Derringer

The mayor of Detroit probably didn’t mean to snub the president of South Korea. But Asian immigrants are choosing to settle elsewhere.

State should send help to Detroit, Michigan voters say

May 13, 2014 | Nancy Derringer

Putting aside deep concerns about Detroit’s path, Michigan voters say the city’s recovery is too important to state’s future to ignore. Bipartisan majorities support state funding to help Detroit retirees and save DIA art.

Find way to help the poor, conversation participants say

May 8, 2014 | Nancy Derringer

Michigan was always a place where anyone willing to work could make a decent living. No more, and it’s affecting the state’s quality of life.

Wayne State scholar gains national standing as a respectful voice for LGBT rights

April 17, 2014 | Nancy Derringer

While the debate over gay rights and same-sex marriage has gotten strident at times, John Corvino rarely raises his voice.

Graffiti’s role in the revival of Michigan cities

March 20, 2014 | Nancy Derringer

Across Michigan, the writing’s on the wall. How you feel about graffiti depends on your age, your attitude, and whether you mind spray paint in an urban landscape.

A choice for cities: Destroy graffiti or restrict it

March 20, 2014 | Nancy Derringer

Some cities now have safe zones for legal graffiti in a bid to contain it. Whether graffiti writers will comply is another question.

All eyes on Belle Isle as state takes control

February 5, 2014 | Nancy Derringer

As Detroit’s historic island park transitions to state control, upgrades are being watched closely by city residents, including many who remain wary of the motives of state government.

Benchmark: Livability

January 29, 2014 | Nancy Derringer

What makes a city appealing can’t always be measured: Community spirit. Inviting parks. A vibrant cultural scene. Now, if only leaders could do something about Detroit’s insurance and tax rates.

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