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. Tegan is a recipient of  Metcalf and CUNY Resilience reporting fellowships.  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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Daniel Rojas / FEMA

Thousands of Louisianans are scattered at shelters and hotels across Louisiana after Hurricane Laura. More than 140,000 residents have applied for disaster recovery help from FEMA so far.

Tegan Wendland / WWNO

When Hurricane Laura made landfall on Aug. 27, it tore first through Cameron and Holly Beach — tiny coastal towns all too familiar with the decimation brought by hurricanes.

Bill Feig/AP Photo/POOL

Inspection reports and other assessments for petrochemical plants and industrial facilities caught in Hurricane Laura’s path show roughly a one-third suffered some type of damage, as some environmental advocates urge the state to aggressively monitor pollution levels and share more information with the public.

Louisiana Sea Grant / Flickr

The Environmental Protection Agency said none of the chemical and oil spills in Texas caused by Hurricane Laura are emitting dangerous levels of chemicals. Reports are not yet in for facilities in Louisiana.

Cajun Navy / Facebook

A fire at BioLab Inc. chlorine plant in Westlake, La., caused by damage from Hurricane Laura was extinguished Saturday, and officials continue to assess the damage.

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