UP DNR office appoints new spokesman

A longtime Marquette journalist has been hired on as a new deputy public information officer for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
John Pepin comes to his new role with the DNR from the Mining Journal in Marquette, where he was a reporter for 21 years, covering topics including government, natural resources, forests, agriculture and tourism. His articles have also appeared in magazines such as the Timber Producer, Michigan Out-of-Doors and Bird Watcher's Digest.
His other interests coincide well with the new job; they include fishing, birdwatching, photography and hiking. A dedicated birdwatcher, he also has taught birding through several groups in Michigan and California.
He earned bachelor's and master's degrees from California State University, Northridge. 
Pepin, an Ishpeming native, will be working from the DNR's Marquette office.
"We are thrilled to have John on board, helping to shape and tell the important stories about our state’s unmatched natural and cultural resources," says DNR Director Keith Creagh. 
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Michigan Department of Natural Resources

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