Nathan Bomey ’06 earned a Bachelor of Science from EMU, double majoring in Political Science and Journalism. While taking a full course load of credits, Nathan worked tirelessly at the Eastern Echo, serving as Managing Editor, News Editor, and News Manager at various times from 2002-2006. He also worked part-time for two weekly newspapers, the Saline Reporter and Milan News-Leader and spent a summer in the nation’s capital interning at The Washington Times.
After graduating, Nathan began his professional career at the Ann Arbor Business Review as an Associate Editor and Reporter. In 2009, he moved on to AnnArbor.com as a Business Reporter and was promoted to Business Editor and Reporter in 2011. He then landed a business reporting position with the Detroit Free Press in March 2012, covering Michigan’s economy and major business news.
In his current role with the Detroit Free Press, he has covered General Motors, the rise of CEO Mary Barra, and GM’s ignition-switch scandal. He earned finalist recognition for the Gerald Leob Award for Breaking News and his coverage of GM CEO Mary Barra’s appointment. He also served as the lead reporter in the City of Detroit’s Chapter 9 bankruptcy. After he conducted a three-month investigation of the city’s financial collapse, he co-authored “How Detroit Went Broke,” which earned him a first place award for “Explanatory Journalism in a Newspaper” from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers and the Hovey-Harkness Award from Governing Magazine. After being recognized as an expert on various hot-topic current events, Nathan has appeared on national and international television programs, such as MSNBC and BBC, and has made numerous radio appearances, including WJR 760, WWJ 950, and several local radio stations.
Nathan’s achievements have been honored through a number of professional awards, as well as his selection for participation in two highly competitive fellowships. Just this year, Nathan was awarded a full-ride scholarship to the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business’s Seminars for Business Journalists, where he attended a series of comprehensive workshops covering complex business topics such as financial reports and executive compensation. In 2012, he participated in the East-West Center’s China-U.S. Journalists Exchange Program where he visited Beijing, Hong Kong and Yunnan Province on a study tour, interviewed local leaders and discussed media issues during a seminar with Chinese journalists.
As an alumnus, Nathan has remained involved with EMU, volunteering his time to speak at numerous campus events organized by both the Journalism and Political Science Departments. In March 2014, he spoke at an event focused on Detroit’s bankruptcy and his Detroit Free Press coverage of the topic. He regularly serves as a class guest speaker, presenting information about his career, talking with students about the journalism industry and providing advice for success.