Nathan Payne


TRAVERSE CITY — The Record-Eagle has promoted Nathan Payne to its top newsroom leadership position.

The move to appoint Payne to Editor was announced Wednesday after he led the paper's daily news operations for the past three months as Interim Editor. Payne joined the newspaper in July 2013 as Features Editor to lead the newspaper's four features sections, its photo staff and to provide editing support to the paper's news staff.

"I couldn’t be more pleased that Nate will be leading our newsroom. He’s a solid editor who understands the importance of community journalism. He has the passion, work ethic, and vision to lead the Record-Eagle’s news operation as we continue to grow and serve the Grand Traverse region," said Record-Eagle Publisher Paul Heidbreder.

Payne was promoted to City Editor in August, a position with responsibilities including managing the Record-Eagle's editorial pages, the photography department and providing editing and leadership support to both features and news departments.

"I'm excited for the opportunity to lead the Record-Eagle's talented and hard-working newsroom staff as we continue to cover the issues that impact the lives of everyone who calls the Grand Traverse region home," he said.

Payne is a Michigan native who earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Central Michigan University. He worked for eight years for the Gillette News Record in Gillette, Wyoming, before moving to Traverse City. While in Wyoming, he earned state, regional and national recognition for both writing and photojournalism and was promoted into newsroom leadership positions including photo editor and city editor.

Payne lives in eastern Grand Traverse County with his wife, Kate, and three sons.

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