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.

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Energy
3:22 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Energy crisis brewing in the Upper Peninsula

There are plenty of questions about how we’ll generate electricity in the U.S. in the next century. But the problem is particularly pressing in the Upper Peninsula. The owners of the Presque Isle power plant in Marquette are ready to close it. The agency that regulates the energy grid won’t allow that, and residents of the UP are paying millions of dollars to keep it running.

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National Lakeshore
4:33 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Kettles Trail ready to go in Sleeping Bear

The National Park Service is ready to build a new hiking trail in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

The Kettles Trail will be on a piece of parkland that is inland a number of miles—near Maple City—and not connected to the rest of the lakeshore.

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Election 2014
9:59 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Climate change 'still' a hoax, says Franz

Democrat Tom Stobie (left) and incumbent Republican Ray Franz met in Glen Arbor Thursday evening.
Credit Eric Carlson / Leelanau Enterprise

In 2012, State Representative Ray Franz said he believed global climate change was a “hoax.” When asked about the issue at the same debate Thursday, Franz responded firmly with the word “still" -- and drew some applause in the Glen Arbor Township Hall.

When it was pointed out that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change had been awarded the Nobel Prize for its work on the issue, Franz shot back, saying concern about climate change is a first step toward global governance.

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Election 2014
8:52 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Northern Michigan candidate debates and forums

Interlochen Public Radio is co-sponsoring a number of debates over the next week for candidates in Northwest Lower Michigan seeking state and federal office. Candidates for the 101st and 104th State House districts, the 35th and 37th State Senate districts, and Michigan's 1st Congressional District will participate. For information about attending the live events, follow the links below. You can listen online (on this page) within 24 hours and they will also be broadcast at the times indicated on IPR News Radio.

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Garlic Show
5:06 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Show off your bulbs

Inchelium Red garlic grown at Loma Farm.
Credit Peter Payette

There’s a garlic show this weekend near Traverse City. It will include a “best in show” award and there will be an auction.

Northern Michigan is not a garlic-growing region, but the cousin of the onion is important to chefs, who will judge the entries.

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