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Meet IPR's new environmental reporter, Patrick Shea

IPR's new environmental reporter, Patrick Shea.
Dan Wanschura
Interlochen Public Radio
IPR's new environmental reporter, Patrick Shea.

Interlochen Public Radio welcomes Patrick Shea as our next environmental reporter.

Patrick is wrapping up his master’s degree in Environmental Science and Natural Resources Journalism from the University of Montana.

He grew up in Illinois and studied natural resources at Northland College, on the south shore of Lake Superior. He knows well the significance of the Great Lakes to our region.

As a reporter, Patrick also sees northwest lower Michigan as a place brimming with many other environmental stories.

Over the past few years, he has traveled all across the country. With a background in forestry and restoration ecology, Patrick says he makes a point of viewing each new landscape through a naturalist’s lens, while also finding the human stories within those landscapes.

Patrick will be a critical piece of our newsroom as his reporting will deepen the public’s understanding of the natural world in this region.

“I’m thrilled to be starting my audio journalism career in this part of the world,” Shea said. “I’m especially looking forward to working with the Points North team. A show about the land, water and inhabitants of the upper Great Lakes is a perfect fit for my interests and passions as an environmental reporter.”

Generous support for science and conservation journalism comes from The Brookby Foundation and Mariel Foundation.

Dan Wanschura is the Host and Executive Producer of Points North.