Tegan Wendland

Interim News Director, Lead Coastal Reporter

As interim news director Tegan has overseen the work of reporters and announcers, and has coordinated with counterparts at WRKF in Baton Rouge and other collaborating news organizations.

Tegan came to WWNO in 2015 to report coastal news. In this role she has covered a wide range of issues and subjects related to coastal land loss, coastal restoration, and the culture and economy of Louisiana’s coastal zone. Prominent recent projects include New Orleans: Ready Or Not?, a five-part series examining the city’s readiness for a future dominated by a changing climate, and Flyover: Down the Mississippi, a special production of Minnesota Public Radio in which she served as lead local producer for episodes focused on coastal land loss and the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico.

In 2017, Tegan was one of ten reporters from around the world to receive a Metcalf Fellowship for Marine and Environmental reporting, and she also received a competitive resilience reporting fellowship at CUNY in New York City. In 2016 she was named the Louisiana Wildlife Federation’s Conservation Communicator of the Year, and she secured funding to travel to Paris to report on the international climate talks there in 2015.

Tegan has a master’s degree in Life Sciences Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has previously worked for NPR stations in the Midwest and WRKF in Baton Rouge.

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A proposal to build a new coal export terminal in Plaquemines Parish has drawn criticism from environmental groups and the public, who say it presents a public health threat. It has been so contentious that the state Department of Natural Resources has faced lawsuits and is currently reviewing its approval of the project after taking input from the public.

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Paul Prudhomme, the internationally-known New Orleans chef and restaurateur, has died. He was 75.

Prudhomme popularized Cajun and Creole cooking in the 1980’s. His death was confirmed by his restaurant, K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen, according to WWL-TV.

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When a child witnesses or is the victim of a crime their testimony is often necessary in order to find out the truth and press charges. But getting them to talk and participate in a very adult process can be difficult and they need to be protected. A Covington-based nonprofit works with law enforcement and parents to sort it all out.
 

Hope House looks like a house, and it feels like one too. Located on a quiet back street, its offices are inside of a renovated home, with a tidy yard and pinwheels leading up to the front door.

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It’s settled – BP has to pay $20 billion for the gulf oil spill in 2010. The deal announced Monday finalizes civil claims and ends five years of legal fighting.

The Department of Justice says BP has to pay Clean Water Act fines and settle with the five gulf states that were impacted - Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

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The Environmental Protection Agency announced a number of rule changes this week that could have a big impact on industry and quality of life in Louisiana. The new rules cut ozone emissions from 75 parts per billion to 70, and complying might pose a challenge for the state. New Orleans and Baton Rouge are now out of attainment.

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The Environmental Protection Agency released new standards on Tuesday for emissions from petroleum refineries.

The EPA says the standards will cut down on CO2 emissions and prevent about 1.4 million people from being exposed to pollutants in the air, like benzene. Regularly breathing such pollutants can cause respiratory problems, increased risk of cancer and other health problems.

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Entrepreneurs and businesspeople met at the New Orleans business incubator Propeller on Thursday night to learn about how they can help restore the coast.

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September 24 marks the ten-year anniversary of Hurricane Rita. It hit the western part of the state less than a month after Katrina and re-flooded parts of New Orleans where the levees had failed.

Lake Charles is holding a hurricane awareness day this Saturday in conjunction with ongoing efforts to open a new hurricane museum.

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The National Science Foundation will spend nearly half a million dollars to help a University of New Orleans chemistry professor study sunlight and oil spills. WWNO reporter Tegan Wendland had a conversation with UNO chemistry professor Matthew Tarr.

Tarr wants to better understand how the sun breaks down oil on the water’s surface.

More than 150 people crowded the Belle Chasse Auditorium, many of them making their case to representatives from the Department of Natural Resources.
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A public hearing on a proposed coal export terminal in Plaquemines parish drew a big crowd on Thursday.

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