Naomi Patton oversees strategic communications planning and development for all concert/entertainment events and corporate communications for Palace Sports & Entertainment properties: The Palace of Auburn Hills, DTE Energy Music Theatre, Meadow Brook Music Festival and the Detroit Pistons.
Patton previously served as Detroit Mayor Dave Bing’s press secretary as he worked to fiscally stabilize the city and reform and restructure city government. In addition her role as speechwriter, she was responsible for developing and managing strategic short- and long-term messaging across platforms and media relations.
Prior to joining the Bing administration in 2012, Patton was an enterprise and general assignment reporter for the Detroit Free Press. She covered the Wayne County suburbs and Detroit’s City Hall beat at the height of the text message scandal that forced former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to resign, and was part of the team that earned the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting.
Before heading to the Free Press in April 2003, Patton worked for the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison where she was a general assignment reporter, covering police, city government, and features. And she began her newspaper career at the Milwaukee Community Journal, Wisconsin's largest African-American newspaper, as a reporter and managing editor of the paper's WEEKEND section. Patton also worked in corporate and public affairs communications in Washington, D.C.