APA Spotlight

Meet the New Board members of the Automotive Press Association

David Welch


David Welch is Bloomberg’s Detroit bureau chief and has covered the auto industry for nearly 20 years. Before being promoted to bureau chief, Welch covered merger and acquisitions for Bloomberg in New York and broke some of the largest deals ever done. Before joining Bloomberg in 2009, he was BusinessWeek magazine’s Detroit bureau chief for six years and was a finalist for Business Journalist of the year in 2006. He has an MBA from Michigan State and an economics degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He is also an avid baseball fan and a bagpiper.

Jessica Pawl

Honda Motor Company

Jessica Pawl works for American Honda Motor Company managing media relations in the Midwest region for both Honda and Acura brands. She has been with the company for nearly five years and before that, spent time at Delphi Automotive, Ally Financial and Eisbrenner Public Relations. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Central Michigan University. When she’s not traveling on behalf of Honda, she’s plotting her next trip or exploring Detroit, where she lives and works.

Nora Naughton

Wall Street Journal

Nora Naughton covers General Motors Co. and the automotive industry for The Detroit News. She grew up in Metro Detroit and obtained her degree in journalism and political science from Eastern Michigan University. She has covered the auto industry at a variety of publications since 2012. She also spent a year covering real estate development and City Hall for Hearst Connecticut Media in Stamford, Conn.

Erin Marquis

Managing Editor

Erin Marquis is the managing editor of Jalopnik.com, where she explores her passion for cars and history. Before her current position she was social media editor of Autoblog.com. She spent several years before working in journalism working at MRM Worldwide on General Motors customer retention projects. She graduated with a Bachelors in Journalism and Screen Studies from University of Michigan-Dearborn. When not writing, she is racing sail boats on the Detroit river or spending time with her husband and rescue dog at her home in Detroit.

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