Brooks Payette

Brooks Payette

Communications/Outreach Manager

A former White House intern and 2011 Truman Scholar Award Recipient, Brooks Payette is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, where he completed both his B.A. and M.A. in Political Science.  His interests include community health, fitness and electoral politics.

Before enrolling at UNH in 2009, Payette amassed a seven-year career as a journalist, and youth and high school coach. Payette served as the sports editor for the Berlin Daily Sun and then as a publication editor and general assignment reporter for Beacon Press in Biddeford, Maine. He produced and edited stories on a wide range of topics, including sports, politics, tourism, health, news and presidential primaries.

From 2001 to 2006, Payette served as the head coach of the Berlin Women’s Hockey team and was selected to coach the state all-star team on five different occasions, including twice for the New Hampshire vs. Vermont Make-a-Wish Classic. He founded the Maine vs. New Hampshire all-star game and was active in establishing a state tournament and promoting the sport to achieve its NHIAA state-sanctioned recognition in 2008.

Payette also led the Berlin High School boys track team to a slew of school record accomplishments from 2004 to 2006, including a Class M State runner-up finish, back-to-back 4x400-meter relay team championships, and six school records. Payette began his coaching career as a volunteer baseball coach at 11-years old and was actively involved as a volunteer coach and program/camp administrator at the Berlin Recreation Department for 13 years.

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