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.

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In the interest of transparency, we note that Mid Michigan College is a financial supporter of WCMU.

Michigan estimates more than 600,000 essential workers are eligible for a new scholarship program, aimed at people who worked at least 11 weeks during the coronavirus shutdown between April and June.

Futures for Frontliners could provide tuition support for essential workers, some include grocery store workers, restaurant and food service workers, people who provides waste management services or workers who helped manufacture personal protective equipment.

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The Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau said the summer travel season went better than the early projections at the start of the pandemic.


Northern Michigan has experienced the COVID-19 crisis differently than lower parts of the state. However, tourist communities approach another time of uncertainty as the weather begins to change.

Peter Fitz Simons is the Executive Director of the Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau. He said July was the high point of summer travel in the Petoskey area, but travel was about 20 percent lower than previous years. 

Central Michigan University officials are encouraging the use of the new COVID self-screening app before coming to campus. The app launched in July to help prevent to the spread of COVID-19.

The university says now that students and faculty are back to school, screening should be done daily before people leave their home. 

Jennifer Trpkovski is the Medical Director and Head Team Physician at CMU. She said users answer questions about current symptoms and potential exposure to the virus.

Traffic Camera / Mackinac Bridge Authority

Mackinac Bridge Authority officials say there’s been an uptick in traffic approaching the end of the month.



Marion Public Schools

  The Central Michigan Health Department is asking attendees of the Marion High School graduation ceremony to self-monitor for COVID-19.