Tegan Wendland

Lead Coastal Reporter

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. From covering the COP 21 talks in Paris to reporting a series on coastal infrastructure in the Netherlands on a Pulitzer  Connected Coastlines grant, Tegan's reporting has focused on the human dimensions of climate change with an emphasis on solutions. 

Her work has aired on national programs including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Science Friday, Marketplace, Here & Now, Planet Money and Reveal. She also served as interim News Director at WWNO from 2017-2019.

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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Ryan Kellman / NPR

More than 600 hurricane evacuees are still living in hotels in Lafayette and New Orleans, officials at a briefing in Lake Charles on Tuesday reported.


Louisiana’s oil and gas industry is balking at President Joe Biden’s efforts to curtail fossil fuel extraction.

Tegan Wendland / WWNO

When Hurricane Zeta hit Louisiana’s coast in October, it destroyed what was left of Grand Isle’s west end beach. After hold-ups with federal partners, the state has spent $7.5 million over the past few months to repair it.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has removed the Interior Least Tern from the list of endangered and threatened wildlife, saying the population has largely recovered.

Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office

Collin Arnold, director of New Orleans Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (NOHSEP) was arrested early Thursday morning on charges of drinking and driving.