Troy High alumna named new press secretary for Attorney General’s Office

By: Jonathan Shead | Troy Times | Published May 9, 2021




TROY — Troy High School graduate and former resident Lynsey Mukomel grew up knowing one thing for certain: She wanted to spend her career in the news industry.

“When I graduated from college, I very much intended to be in news my entire career. Ever since I was a little kid, I was part of the Bemis Bears broadcasting crew in elementary school. I just always really had a passion for it, and knew that from a young age that’s what was really driving me and what I was motivated to do.”

For the better part of Mukomel’s 20s she did just that, covering high profile news stories — the Larry Nassar investigation, the Flint water crisis and the 2020 presidential election — across the state for WOOD TV in Grand Rapids. Oftentimes that coverage led to close contact with the Attorney General’s Office.

Mukomel graduated from Troy High School in 2011. She went on to earn a bachelor’s in broadcast journalism from Columbia College Chicago before starting her news career.

Once the pandemic hit, however, Mukomel said she had a change in perspective. Maybe the news wasn’t where she would spend her career.

“In a way my gut was starting to tell me that as much as I love journalism, and I will always feel like a journalist, sometimes it feels like you’re on the sidelines,” she said. “When the opportunity came about, it felt like a tug from above. I felt like it was a sign that if I’m going to make a jump into the political realm (and) into state government, this would be the time to do it.”

Mukomel accepted and began her new role as the press secretary for the Michigan Attorney General’s Office in April. Attorney General Communication Director Kelly Rossman-McKinney, who Mukomel will work under, announced the news April 19.

Mukomel heard about the job opportunity through connections she’d made inside the Attorney General’s Office, though that didn’t make the application process any easier or less intimidating, she said.

“I work under two women, in addition to working under the attorney general, who just set such a high standard. Going through the interview process itself was intimidating, but in a way I’m also just trying to make sure that I’m meeting those standards they’re setting. It’s a high bar, but I just feel privileged to meet it for them.”

Mukomel learned after she accepted the position that there were more than 50 applications submitted.

“I am excited to have Lynsey join our team and am confident she will be an asset to this office,” Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said in a press release. “Her career experience in news provides insight and perspective I believe will further strengthen my department and our commitment to serving the people of this great state.”

Despite taking a step away from the news world, Mukomel said her experiences there will be invaluable to her new role.

Her experience will help her anticipate the types of questions Nessel’s office may receive from various news outlets, and she believes it will allow her to better promote the work being done.

“Sometimes when you’re knee deep into some really important cases, you don’t necessarily look at it from a vantage point of having information about it released publicly in order to showcase how we’re working to protect Michiganders; this is how we’re trying to make sure that consumers are protected, and victims can achieve justice,” she said. “I think my experience on the other side of things makes me a better advocate for the office itself.”

Growing up in Troy has given Mukomel the opportunity and drive to pursue achievements of this nature, she said. In addition to being involved in sports — mainly softball, she said — Mukomel learned a number of life lessons from being involved in student government and other civic opportunities in the community.

“Reflecting as a 28-year-old, the incredible education (and) teachers … all of it culminates into this incredible upbringing that I’m blessed to be able to say I had. I think it absolutely shaped my outlook on things, and my drive,” she said, adding that seeing other alumni make headlines for their achievements only pushes her to work harder.

“Lynsey was a student that stood out among the crowd, and it was easy to see that she would make a name for herself.  She is a positive role model for young girls, and I am so proud of all the work she has accomplished,” Mukomel’s former high school teacher Michelle Tedder said in an email.

Above all else, Mukomel said she’s motivated most by seeing how hard her new co-workers work.