Susan J. Demas, 37, is an editor, researcher and writer with 12 years experience. She is a 2006 Knight Foundation fellow in The Fourth Estate and the Third Sector program for nonprofit organizations, finance and media through Marshall University in Huntington, W.V.
Susan built up a successful freelance writing business over the last six years, while working as a full-time editor and reporter, with clients including magazines, nonprofits and universities. Her work has run in or on more than 70 national, international and regional media outlets including NBC News, Newsweek, Forbes, The Economist, National Public Radio, the Australian Broadcast Corp., The Politico, The Atlantic, The Columbia Journalism Review, Guardian U.K., Chicago Sun-Times, Bloomberg News, Reuters, Boston Herald, Seattle Times, Toronto Sun, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, San Jose Mercury News, (St. Paul) Pioneer Press, Des Moines Register and Michigan Public Radio.
In 2010, Susan helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, which investigates and fact-checks political ads and speeches. The award-winning project is run by the nonpartisan Center for Michigan.
Susan has been a syndicated political columnist for the Detroit News, Lansing State Journal, Huffington Post and Real Clear Politics. She currently writes a biweekly column for MLive.com and its eight papers. Susan's “Capitol Chronicles” blog for MLive was named one of the Washington Post's 2009 best state political blogs. Both the Washington Post and Huffington Post have named her to their lists of best political tweeters.
Susan started her journalism career at the second-largest newspaper in Iowa, The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette, where she reported on the 2004 Iowa caucuses. In 2004, Demas reported from the U.S. Army Base at Ft. Dix, N.J., on National Guard units training for the Iraq war and wrote a continuing series for several publications until their homecoming in 2006.
She has reported women’s issues, Middle East affairs, politics, health care, human services, nonprofit organizations and business issues for five newspapers across the Midwest, including the Saginaw News, Battle Creek Enquirer and Jackson Citizen Patriot. Most recently, Susan served as Deputy Editor for Michigan Information and Research Service, where she covered national and state politics.
A native of Northbrook, Illinois, Susan attended the University of Iowa, where she conducted research for a 10-year National Institute of Health agricultural health and cancer study through the College of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology. She majored in the highly marketable majors of English and History, concentrating on 19th and 20th century American literature and the French Revolution, and she minored in Women’s Studies. Susan also completed graduate coursework in Sociology, focusing on women’s and family issues.
Susan is a regular guest on WKAR's "Off the Record." She also speaks at events for groups and schools, including the Michigan Farm Bureau, Michigan Political Leadership Program, University of Michigan Ford School for Public Policy, Eastern Michigan University, Wayne State University, Lansing Community College, Community Action Agencies, Michigan Radio's "Issues and Ale" series, Delta-Waverly Rotary Club, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Midland, Progressive Women's Alliance, the Frazier Group, Michigan Interscholastic Press Association and Illinois Future Problem Solvers.
To have Susan speak to your group, call (517) 420-6779 or write her at P.O. Box 11067, Lansing, MI 48901-9990.