Tess DeGayner


Tess DeGayner is a student reporter for WCMU News. She is a senior at Central Michigan University studying Journalism and Broadcasting. Her hometown is Fenton, Michigan.


Last summer, Tess was reporting out of Traverse City in partnership with the Traverse City Record-Eagle.


She joined WCMU’s staff in the spring of 2019. Her stories can be heard on Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Here and Now.

Central Michigan University is returning to Beaver Island this summer to conduct freshwater research. 

The Great Lakes Research Experiences for Undergraduates program took a pause last summer due to uncertainties with the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Now, biology students will return to Beaver island to conduct hands-on freshwater research with CMU faculty members again.

More than 43,000 Michigan residents have applied to the state’s Reconnect program since its launch in February.


The program offers to pay in-district tuition rates for adults planning on attending a local community college. Funding for the program comes from the state budget, $30 million will help fund scholarships for Reconnect applicants.


Residents must be at least 25 years-old with a high-school diploma or equivalent to apply.

Audiologists use silicone to mold the inside of an ear to create custom hearing aids. The silicone hardens inside the ear, and when it is removed the mold provides the shape for the new in-ear piece. 

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is partnering with a technology education company to help older adults connect to the online space.


This effort comes from the growing need for virtual communication during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Dr. Alexis Travis is the Senior Deputy Director with Aging and Adults Services with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. She said courses will be offered through GetSetUp for free.


Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy

The Michigan Dam Safety Task Force is taking public comments on the 86 recommendations drafted to improve dam conditions across the state. Michigan residents have the opprotunity to submit their comments during the virtual meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 27