Peter Payette

News Director

Peter Payette is the News Director at Interlochen Public Radio, the broadcast service owned and operated by the Interlochen Center for the Arts. He manages the news department, has hosted its weekly program Points North, and reports on a wide range of issues critical to the culture and economy of northern Michigan. His work has been featured on NPR and Michigan Radio and in Traverse Magazine. He teaches radio storytelling to students at the Interlochen Arts Academy. 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 loves telling stories about northern Michigan and hopes he never has to move away. He 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. 

Some of his favorite stories have been about the ongoing search for the wreck of the first schooner to sail the upper Great Lakes, or the prospects for obscure fish in the lakes, and any story that requires some knowledge of the past to understand what is happening today.


Diocese of Gaylord
7:41 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Pioneer priest invoked at Bishop Raica's installation

Frederic Baraga

When a new pope is chosen for the Roman Catholic Church, he takes on a new name to indicate the kind of leader he plans to be.

That is not the case with bishops, but at Steven Raica's installation this week in Gaylord, a pioneer priest in Michigan was frequently invoked as a source of inspiration for the new bishop.

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11:09 am
Thu August 28, 2014

War photographer stirs emotions with pictures and stories from Vietnam

School Girls is on display at the exhibit "through the eyes" in Ludington.
Credit John Hosier

One corner of John Hosier’s traveling museum looks a lot like the tent the doctors lived in on the TV show "M.A.S.H." They called it the swamp.

Hosier says in Vietnam, the place you lived was called your hooch. It had a cot, a standing locker, and a footlocker with a lock on it.

The cot on display now in Ludington is not the one he used as a soldier, but it was built in 1965. It’s made up with bedding and a pillow and on it is a mesh baseball cap with the emblem of the 173rd Airborne Brigade -- the unit Hosier fought with as an Army ranger.

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The Environment Report
12:52 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Michigan township seeks "franchise agreements" with oil and gas drillers

A drilling operation. The state doesn't allow townships to regulate oil and gas drilling. Edwards Township doesn't have any active drilling at the moment, but township officials hope to use a sort of franchise agreement to work around state rules for future drilling.

Originally published on Thu August 7, 2014 2:23 pm

One Michigan township wants to make special deals with oil and gas drillers. 

State law does not allow townships to regulate oil and gas drilling. But with all the controversy around fracking, some wish they could.  One township in northern lower Michigan is trying to work around that rule and have a voice.  

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Traverse City Film Festival
10:39 am
Fri August 1, 2014


How do film festivals and filmmaking vary between the Congo and the great American Midwest? Meet the movie makers who come from far flung corners of the globe to share their stories and visions.

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Traverse City Film Festival
1:07 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

TCFF Panel: NIXON/OBAMA: Some Things Never Change

In the post-Watergate era of Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, and Bradley Manning, we know that the long tendrils of government and corporate money reach into every secret—and not so secret—place, often with devastating consequences. This panel comes to the table with harrowing and instructive stories that will give pause to just about everyone, no matter where they stand on the political spectrum. 

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