Phoebe Wall Howard has spent 15 years covering business, politics, government regulation, and labor negotiations. She returned to Detroit to cover the auto industry for The Detroit Free Press in 2017. Since then, she has won a series of state and national news, public service, and investigative awards for her exclusive coverage of supply chain disruption, product launch disasters, and defective products built by Ford Motor Co. What is unique about her work is that readers write to say that they see business stories engaging and relevant for the first time. The fan mail is frequently thoughtful, often funny, and always interesting.

Howard spent four years working at Investigative Reporters & Editors before becoming a full-time journalist. At the Arkansas Gazette in Little Rock, her work inspired U.S. Supreme Court rulings in a high-profile capital murder case. At the Des Moines Register, her work was cited by the Iowa Supreme Court when it overhauled foster care policy and triggered a state investigation and intervention at a veterans home serving residents spoiled food. At McClatchy Co., her work in Fresno exposed fraud in waste management and government accountability irregularities. A native of Grosse Pointe, Michigan, whose family arrived in Detroit before 1860, Howard earned a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri, Columbia