Tegan Wendland, Mississippi River Basin Ag & Water Desk
Mississippi River Basin Ag and Water Desk Editorial Director Tegan Wendland has more than a decade of experience reporting on issues in the Mississippi River Basin, from the shores of Lake Superior to the Louisiana Delta. Her work has aired nationally and internationally on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Marketplace, Planet Money, Reveal, BBC and CBC and has been published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin State Journal, Cap Times and The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate, among other print and radio outlets. Wendland brings an in-depth knowledge of the environmental, agricultural and economic issues in the Basin, informed by her rural upbringing in Wisconsin and a master’s degree in Life Sciences Communication from UW-Madison. She has led multimedia collaborations and has experience editing print and radio, managing a daily newsroom, and teaching undergraduate journalism courses. For seven years before joining the Desk, she reported on Louisiana’s disappearing coast for NPR station WWNO in New Orleans, where she covered the culture and economy of Louisiana’s coastal zone with a focus on solutions and the human dimensions of climate change.
Scientists have released their 2023 forecast for the so-called “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico — predicting it will be around 4,100 square miles this summer. That’s much bigger than last year, but still smaller than average. The dead zone is a hypoxic area where low oxygen can kill fish and other marine life. It’s caused by […]