Graduate student Tegan Wendland investigates mental health care in Wisconsin County jails

Working with the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, LSC masters student Tegan Wendland recently published an in-depth report on mental health care at county jails in Wisconsin.

The piece, “Ignored and underfunded, mental health care thin at county jails,” co-authored with Rory Linnane and Kate Golden, ran in news outlets around the state, including: the Cap Times, La Crosse Tribune, Appleton Post-Crescent, Green Bay Press-Gazette, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin Public Radio, The Sun Prairie Star, The Chippewa Herald and Beloit Daily News.

Wendland joined the Department of Life Sciences Communication in the fall of 2012 in pursuit of a M.S. Her background in public radio and community building inform her research interests to explore framing of environmental news on community low power FM radio stations in the Midwest. Wendland is a teaching assistant for Larry Meiller’s undergraduate Information Radio class and has a paid internship with the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.

After completing an internship at Wisconsin Public Radio’s Superior bureau during her final semester as an undergrad at UW-Superior in 2008, Wendland pursued her passion for news reporting and public radio. She has worked and volunteered for numerous NPR affiliates, including WVIK in Rock Island, Illinois and WRKF in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she discovered her interest in environmental reporting. During her tenure as a radio journalist, Wendland has produced countless local and statewide radio news spots and features and contributed to the NPR Newscast, Weekend Edition and the BBC.

The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism is an independent nonprofit news organization based out of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. You can read the full report here and follow Wendland’s work on Twitter at @TeganWendland.