FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Susan J. Demas, 517.420.6779; firstname.lastname@example.org
LANSING - Publisher Bill Ballenger announced today that Susan J. Demas Communications, LLC, has acquired Inside Michigan Politics (IMP), the must-read biweekly newsletter for Michigan's business and political leaders.
Journalist and businesswoman Susan J. Demas, 36, serves as CEO of the Lansing-based company. Demas will be the new Publisher of IMP. She will join a small number of women who own and operate publications in Michigan, according to information provided by the Michigan Press Association.
"Inside Michigan Politics is the gold standard for political journalism in Michigan," Demas said. "I look forward to ensuring that IMP continues its tradition of fair and non-partisan reporting and analysis. Most of all, I look forward to the opportunity of working with Bill, who has been a friend and mentor to me for many years."
Ballenger will continue to be an essential part of IMP, serving as Associate Editor for three years, as well as continuing to do speaking and media engagements across the state. A former state senator and representative, Ballenger founded IMP in 1987. Ballenger has been dubbed by the Detroit News as "Michigan's undisputed Crown Prince of Pundits."
"For almost three decades, I've tried to make the newsletter be the essential resource for those interested in what's really going on in Michigan politics," Ballenger said. "Under Susan's leadership, I expect that to continue. I believe Susan is the right person to continue IMP's unwavering commitment to thoughtful and precise political journalism."
IMP is the go-to source for Michigan politics for national media, and has been cited inThe New York Times, Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post, Roll Call, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Hotline and theAssociated Press.
"Those who subscribe to Inside Michigan Politics expect information and analysis they won't get anywhere else," Demas said. "When you subscribe to IMP, you get insight into Lansing, beyond talking points and spin."
Inside Michigan Politics can be found on Facebook, on Twitter at @InsideMIPolitix, and at the website, www.insidemichiganpolitics
About Susan J. Demas
Demas has spent 12 years in journalism as a reporter, editor and columnist. She is a 2006 Knight Foundation Fellow in nonprofit and political journalism through Marshall University in Huntington, W.V. Demas's work has appeared in or on 70 international, national and state publications, including Forbes, The Guardian U.K., Newsweek, the Australian Broadcasting Network and NBC.
Demas currently serves as Political Columnist for MLive.com, and regularly provides analysis for Off the Record, Michigan Radio and Night Shift with Tony Trupiano. She previously was Deputy Editor for Michigan Information & Research Service (MIRS), where she worked for almost six years.
A native of Northbrook, Illinois, Demas now lives in Okemos, Michigan. She is engaged and has two children, ages 11 and 9.