Naomi R. Patton is an award-winning journalist who worked for nearly 20 years covering enterprise, government, police and courts with the Milwaukee Community Journal, the Wisconsin State Journal and the Detroit Free Press, where she was member of the team which earned the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting.
Since leaving journalism to work as press secretary for Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, Naomi has worked in the public and private sectors in government, the NBA and for two global public relations agencies. After leaving the mayor’s office, she helped lead corporate and entertainment public relations and community relations communications for Palace Sports & Entertainment and the Detroit Pistons.
She transitioned into the agency world, continuing to write, develop and produce content, while leading and managing strategic communications for foundation, C-Suite, CSR, nonprofit and corporate clients at Weber Shandwick. At Ruder Finn, Naomi focused on issues and reputation management, where client engagements included emergency management, data breaches and thought leadership.