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Susan Tompor, is Personal Finance Columnist for the Detroit Free Press, having an interest in money and economic challenges facing families.
A journalism graduate from Michigan State University, Susan’s first job in Louisville, KY, where she covered labor issues and the loss of industrial jobs in the Midwest. After eight years, she moved back home to Michigan to work for the Detroit News and later the Detroit Free Press.
She has interviewed workers forced to take buyouts during the Automotive Industry’s fallout in Michigan, City of Detroit retirees who faced cuts to their pensions who had to vote on Detroit’s bankruptcy plan, and younger consumers tormented by student debt. She has an eye for quirks, e.g. an award-winning article highlighting a little-known flaw in calculating the value of U.S. savings bonds.
Susan received her MBA from Bellarmine University in Louisville. Serving on the board of the Society of American Business Editors & Writers from 2006 -09, she chaired the group's auctions. Part of a Free Press team, in 2008 Susan received an honorable mention for the Gerald Loeb Award for coverage of a pivotal GM-UAW labor agreement. In 2015 she received the Gerald Loeb Award for her personal-finance coverage of Detroit’s bankruptcy and its impact on retirees.