Former News-Sentinel columnist Nancy Nall has been announced as the second writer to have joined the Bridge, a publication of non-profit think tank The Center for Michigan. Ms. Nall has written for numerous publications and maintains the weblog NancyNall.com.
The Center for Michigan was founded by Philip H. Power, who was the founder and owner of HomeTown Publications, Inc.
Bridge Magazine has doubled its staff reporting corps for 2012 by hiring veteran writer Nancy Nall Derringer to the position of Staff Writer.
Derringer will join Senior Writer Ron French in forming one of the most experienced — and capable — online news teams found in Michigan today, said Bridge Senior Editor Derek Melot.
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For 18 years, Derringer was a columnist for the Fort Wayne, Ind., News-Sentinel; she also has worked for theColumbus, Ohio, Dispatch. Derringer holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ohio University and was named a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan in 2004.
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“You don’t need a byline to recognize a Nancy Nall Derringer story,” said Bridge Magazine Senior Writer Ron French, who has known Derringer for a quarter-century. “Her stories are sometimes blunt, sometimes hilarious — and always insightful.”
“Nonprofits like the Center for Michigan are among the most interesting and exciting new players in journalism today, and I’m thrilled to be a part of the Bridge team,” said Derringer.
Mr. French had been a reporter for the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette from 1992 to 1995.
A publication called the Bridge seems appropriate for Ms. Nall's sometimes arch commentary.
While The Center for Michigan seemingly uses the Mackinac Bridge as the inspiration for its logo and name of publication, readers should not confuse it with The Mackinac Center for Public Policy.