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Summer intern joins News Tribune staff

Peyton Haug is a journalism and international studies major at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

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Peyton Haug
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DULUTH — The News Tribune has welcomed a reporting intern to the newsroom for the summer. Peyton Haug, who just completed her sophomore year at the University of Minnesota Duluth, will cover various news topics throughout her internship.

Haug is from La Crosse, Wisconsin, and is majoring in journalism and international studies and minoring in environment, sustainability and geography. Haug looks forward to gaining newspaper and writing experience during her internship to help her determine her plans after graduation.

"I really like writing, and we've been making videos in school. I've just had so much fun with it," Haug said. "I hope that I can give some people a voice that I feel like don't have one here."

Haug has written a freelance business story for the News Tribune and worked for a startup doing creative writing. She also works part time maintaining Duluth trails and as a barista at St. Luke's hospital.

"The News Tribune is excited to have Peyton join our newsroom for the summer," said Executive Editor Rick Lubbers. "She is a talented young journalist eager to learn more about gathering information and constructing stories for our readers. We also will enjoy gaining a fresh perspective from Peyton as she pitches story ideas and contributes to our ongoing coverage conversations."

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This will be Haug's first summer in Duluth, and she is excited to get to experience more now that in-person activities and businesses are coming back from the pandemic shutdowns. She loves dining at PhoHolic Taste of Vietnam restaurant and spends her free time skateboarding. She has two rescued pet tarantulas named Garbage and Floyd.

As a recipient of the Larry Oakes Journalism Scholarship, Haug was able to pursue an internship at any UMD-approved newspaper in Minnesota. The scholarship is awarded to UMD journalism students who demonstrate academic merit. It was established in memory of award-winning journalist Larry Oakes, who worked at the News Tribune and spent more than two decades at the Star Tribune as a northern Minnesota correspondent.

Laura Butterbrodt covers health for the Duluth News Tribune. She has a bachelor of arts in journalism from South Dakota State University and has been working as a reporter in Minnesota and South Dakota since 2014.
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