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.

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


Multicultural Academic Student Services / Central Michigan University

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has designated Jan. 19 as the day of racial healing to recognize and heal from racial, ethnic and religious bias.

At Central Michigan University, the campus community is working to promote these efforts in their own way.

In honor of Martin Luther King Junior Day, the university held events and virtual meetings throughout the week to celebrate his legacy and educate the community, including the MLK Day of Service on Jan. 18.

The Central Michigan University community is reflecting on national events after the university held an online panel discussion last week.  


"Unpacking the Chaos at the Capitol" took place Jan. 14 as a part of CMU's College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences ongoing Critical Engagements series.