Tess DeGayner


Tess DeGayner is a student reporter for WCMU. She is a junior at Central Michigan University where she majors in Journalism and minors in Broadcast & Cinematic Arts. Her hometown is Fenton, Michigan.


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


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Officals used the term 'child care deserts' to describe where 44 percent of Michigan residents live. A child care desert is defined as either having no child care providers or having are three kids for every one slot available in an area.


As a part of our new series, Rural Survival, Tess DeGayner spoke to state departments and organizations about accessibility to child care in Michigan.

Two non-profit organizations partnered to highlight teacher preparation for rural public schools. The new documentary, Heartbeat of the Community: Recruiting and Retaining Teachers in Rural Schools preimeres Thursday, Dec. 5.


Officials said rural schools are more likely to have challenges finding and keeping teachers than their suburban counterparts.


Tis the season to talk about health. 


The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is encouraging people to discuss their family’s health history when reuniting for the holidays. 



More than 60 percent of teens nationally got their driver’s license before the age of 18 years old, according to a recent AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety study.


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The first Rural Michigan Initiative conference will discuss how water quality impacts in the Great Lakes region.