Peter PayetteExecutive Director
Peter Payette is the Executive Director of Interlochen Public Radio and has managed the news department since 2001. For more than a decade, he hosted the weekly program
Points North and has reported on a wide range of issues critical to the culture and economy of northern Michigan. His work has been featured on NPR, Michigan Radio, Bridge magazine and Edible Grande Traverse. He has taught journalism and radio production to students and adults at Interlochen Center for the Arts. He is also working on a book about the use of aquaculture to manage Great Lakes fisheries, particularly the use of salmon from the Pacific Ocean to create a sport fishery in the 1960s.
Peter has vacationed in Benzie County his entire life. His wife Sarah is his biggest fan. They have three children, Isabelle, Amelia and Emmet, and live happily in Traverse City's Kid's Creek Neighborhood.
Many of his favorite stories are about obscure fish in the Great Lakesor the new arrivals changing the food web. He also admires the peoplekeeping the rock 'n' roll revolution alive in the woods of northern Michigan and enjoysany story that reconnects the past to the present.
An online survey designed by a dozen high-school students from across northern Michigan aims to measure mental health. It's part of the Youth Wellness Initiative, created by Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation.
There will be a new reporter working around the Straits of Mackinac next year. Report for America today announced it will support a position in the northern tip of lower Michigan, one of 150 new jobs receiving funding from the national journalism project.