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February 23, 2014

New writers, editors join Record-Eagle staff

TRAVERSE CITY — The Record-Eagle welcomed six new reporters and editors to the newsroom over the past several months.

New staff members include veteran journalists who’ve won numerous awards at daily newspapers in Michigan and elsewhere, as well as talented young reporters and writers who joined the Record-Eagle after launching their careers at smaller newspapers.

The Record-Eagle’s newest staff members include:

Matt Troutman, who joined the Record-Eagle as a staff writer in March 2013. He’s from Lake Station, Ind., and attended Valparaiso University for undergraduate studies. In 2009, Troutman received a Master’s degree from Indiana University’s School of Journalism.

He spent a year volunteering with a Bloomington, Ind., public access news program before being hired by the Frankfort Times as a police reporter. He was transferred to the Marion Chronicle-Tribune, another Indiana newspaper, where he covered business and local government beat and won journalism awards from the Hoosier State Press Association and Indiana Associated Press Managing Editors.

Troutman covers criminal justice and general assignment stories with the Record-Eagle. He may be contacted at 933-1429 or at

Nathan Payne joined the Record-Eagle in July 2013 after working for eight years at the Gillette News Record, a daily newspaper in Gillette, Wyo. Payne is a graduate of Central Michigan University’s journalism program.

Payne worked as a photojournalist, then photo editor in Gillette. His photos won state, regional and national awards while he helped the newspaper build its Internet products with his videography. He subsequently was named City Editor.

In January, two of his stories won first place in both the “news feature” and “feature” categories in the Wyoming Press Association’s annual competition. Payne’s previous newspaper work included freelance photography for the Lansing State Journal near his hometown of Charlotte. During college he interned with the Kalamazoo Gazette and worked freelance assignments for the Midland Daily News.

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