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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The U.S. Marshals office in New Orleans is getting its hand sanitizer from what just one month ago would have seemed an extremely unlikely source: a local distillery.

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The latest on the spread of coronavirus in New Orleans and across Louisiana.

Ashley Dean / WWNO

There's nothing like being stuck at home for weeks, maybe even months on end to turn your thumb green.

Chris Granger / NOLA.COM

Louisiana has the highest rate of deaths from COVID-19 in the nation and, according to Gov. John Bel Edwards, more than 70 percent of the people who have died so far were black.

Black people make up just 32 percent of the state's population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Travis Lux / WWNO

The latest on the spread of coronavirus in New Orleans and across Louisiana today, April 6.

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It's hard to stay home and socially isolate, but it's even harder if you don't have a home.

Ashley Dean / WWNO

Life has changed dramatically in Louisiana over the past week as officials ask the public to limit contact with others and socially distance or isolate. Thousands are jobless or considering shutting down businesses, many of us are working from home (along with kids and spouses), anyone with flu symptoms is facing two weeks of isolating quarantine, and many others are worried about hospitalized family members in isolation.

Cheap natural gas and access to international ports are fueling a new industrial boom in Louisiana, along the stretch of land locals have long dubbed "cancer alley." The expansion is prompting new efforts to stop the factories, by residents concerned about the impact on their health.

Betsy Shepherd / WWNO

When the first case of COVID-19 was discovered in Louisiana on March 9, we all took a collective, stumbling step into a new world.

This new world has a lot of hand washing and hand wringing. Questions swirl, myths zip around the internet faster than anyone can swat them down, and anxiety climbs and climbs and climbs.

So, let's talk about it. All of it. And maybe settle it.

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New Orleans is one of four cities to participate in a new federal pilot program for drive-through testing for COVID-19, Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced Sunday.