Tom Walsh worked at the Detroit Free Press from 1982 to 2015 as a reporter, bureau chief, suburban editor, business editor, projects editor and columnist. He previously was city editor at the Oakland Press in Pontiac, MI, and a reporter and editor at Fairchild Publications in Chicago, New York and London, England.
A native of Chicago, Tom graduated from Purdue University in 1972 with a degree in Industrial Management. He completed a masters degree in Information Management and Communications at Walsh College in Troy, MI, in 1998.
From 1994-1998, Tom served on the board of governors of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW). In 1990, he was a Jefferson fellow in Pacific Rim Studies at the East-West Center in Hawaii. He has received awards for writing and editing from the Overseas Press Club, Michigan Press Association, SABEW, Detroit Press Club Foundation, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the Gerald Loeb Awards. He was honored with the SPJ Detroit Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.
Tom continues to do freelance writing and consulting.