Tess DeGayner


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


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


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


Charlotte Little found the Great Lakes Humane Society near her home on a bike ride two years ago.

Since then, Little, 14, has returned almost every day. She’s currently working with an 8-month-old puppy named Penny.


While summer events were being canceled due to COVID-19, public universities plan on the fall semester being more or less, business as usual. 


Central Michigan University

In an email, Central Michigan University announced there are seven positive cases of COVID-19 in the community.



Grand Traverse County

Update: The first press release issued by the health department advised persons to 'self-quarantine' the language has been updated to ‘self-monitor’.


Montmorency County Sheriff's Office

Authorities in Montmorency county announce a sad end to a search for a 15-year-old boy. Police say Charles Cordes of Atlanta, MI was found deceased in a pond near his family home.