Peterson named new Executive Director of Visit Bemidji

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

BEMIDJI– The Visit Bemidji Board of Directors has named a new Executive Director.

Josh Peterson, a 20-year veteran of broadcast journalism, accepted the position last week.

Former Visit Bemidji Executive Director Susan Goudge retired at the end of May.

Brady Laudon, left, and Josh Peterson, right, at a Visit Bemidji function. Photo courtesy of Visit Bemidji.

Peterson is a Bemidji State and U of M alumnus, has worked for Lakeland News, WCCO Television in the Twin Cities, is the Bemidji Jaycees’ 85th and 87th President and has chaired the First City of Lights celebration for the past four years.

Peterson says his experience in communications, volunteering and fundraising will bring new concepts to the table.

Visit Bemidji Executive Director Josh Peterson

He will assume the position officially on Monday, July 29. 


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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