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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Though the weather has warmed up, problems caused by this week’s cold spell are expected to linger through the weekend. Broken pipes and overuse strained the water supply. Boil water advisories continue for Jefferson Parish and the East Bank due to low water pressure.

Chris Granger / NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Another week of freezing temperatures crippled New Orleans infrastructure. But what impact could it have on coastal plants and animals?

Nola.com | The Times-Picayune reporter Sara Sneath spoke with WWNO's Tegan Wendland about the week's coastal news, including a lawsuit filed to seek records related to the controversial Bayou Bridge Pipeline.

This story is a collaboration with Reveal, the Center for Investigative Reporting, and PRX. You can share your own experience with increased flooding here.

Ted Jackson / NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

For this week's coastal news roundup WWNO’s Tegan Wendland talked with Nola.com/The Times-Picayune coastal reporter Tristan Baurick about new flood control management, illegal oystering, and a marsh grass die-off in the Mississippi Delta. 

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On this week's coastal news roundup, WWNO's Tegan Wendland talked with Nola.com | The Times-Picayune's coastal reporter Sara Sneath about how land loss is affecting a native duck species, prioritizing coastal restoration projects and new funding to rebuild a barrier island.

David Grunfeld / NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

On this week's installment of the Louisiana coastal roundup, WWNO's Tegan Wendland talked with NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune coastal reporter Sara Sneath about an oil spill near Venice that has been characterized as the largest spill in the U.S. since BP's Macondo well blowout in 2010.

Tyler Antrup with the city’s Office of Resilience, Loyola law professor Rob Verchick, architect David Waggonner and assistant inspector general Nadiene Van Dyke. It was moderated by history professor Eric Hardy.
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The New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board has been under fire since the city’s pumping system failed and caused major flooding in August.  

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The National Hurricane Center predicted 2017 to be an above-average year for storms. But so far Harvey and Irma have been some of the strongest storms on record.

Environmental reporter Mark Schleifstein has reported on hurricanes throughout his 33 years with The Times-Picayune. As a result, he's garnered quite a reputation.

On this week's coastal news roundup, WWNO coastal reporter Tegan Wendland and Nola.com The Times-Picayune coastal reporter Sara Sneath talk with him about how modeling has changed, and how this season compares to years past.

Tegan Wendland / WWNO

With much of the Texas coast devastated by tropical storm Harvey, Louisiana continues to send help. Lake Charles has become a staging ground for relief efforts.

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Tropical Storm Harvey has made landfall another time, this time on the Louisiana coast, near Cameron Parish. The state is bracing for up to 10 inches of rain and strong winds.

The National Weather Service is warning of torrential rain and potential tornados.

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