Susan J. Demas

Susan J. Demas is a 21-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 4,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 70 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.

Prosecutor: ‘There’s not one person in this community who will vouch for’ the Crumbleys

By: - December 4, 2021

After a manhunt that resulted in James Crumbley, 45, and Jennifer Crumbley, 43, being arrested around 1:30 a.m. Saturday after hiding out in a Detroit building, the parents of Oxford High School shooting suspect Ethan Crumbley were arraigned Saturday morning. Ethan Crumbley, 15, is accused of murdering four students and injuring seven other people at […]


Susan J. Demas: From guns to COVID, we’re all trying to survive the GOP’s culture of death

By: - December 2, 2021

Most days, it’s hard to fully comprehend our current dystopian nightmare.  We now accept that 777,000 Americans are dead in the COVID pandemic and the death toll continues to climb day after day, even when we’ve had life-saving vaccines widely available for eight months.  We accept that millions of parents refuse to get their children […]

Whitmer ‘anticipates’ a counter-ballot measure to GOP voting restrictions

By: - November 28, 2021

It’s been more than a year since state and federal law enforcement announced a right-wing plot to kidnap and possibly assassinate Gov. Gretchen Whitmer over her COVID-19 health orders. Since October 2020, the number of serious threats to state and local officials across the country has only grown, something Whitmer talked to the Advance about […]

New: Whitmer says May CDC mask guidance was ‘infuriating’ and a mistake

By: - November 24, 2021

Shortly after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer unveiled her “Vacc to Normal” plan in late April rolling back pandemic restrictions as the state moved closer to meeting its goal of 70% of residents 16 and up getting the COVID-19 vaccine, the feds stepped in with new health guidance. In mid-May, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and […]

More than 10% of Michigan kids ages 5 to 11 have gotten their 1st COVID shot

By: - November 23, 2021

More than 87,000 (10.5%) of Michigan children ages 5 to 11 have received their first dose of the safe, effective and free COVID-19 vaccine, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reports as of Friday. DHHS is urging parents and caregivers to get their children vaccinated before the holidays. “We know these vaccines […]


Susan J. Demas: Blurring lines between shiny objects and serious problems has an agonizing cost

By: - November 18, 2021

The greatest moment in trash TV history is, without question, when Kim Kardashian hysterically cries over losing her diamond earring in the ocean. With her baby velcroed to her hip, older and wiser sister Kourtney dryly declares, “Kim, there’s people that are dying.” I think of this fairly often, as we’re on Day 489,764 of […]

70% of Michiganders 16 and up have gotten at least one COVID shot

By: - November 16, 2021

Roughly 11 months after the first doses of the free COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Michigan, the state says it has reached its goal of 70% of residents 16 and older receiving at least one shot. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) on Monday announced that nearly 5.7 million Michiganders have received at […]

Biden signs $1.2T infrastructure bill: ‘America is moving again’

By: , , and - November 15, 2021

Updated, 6:43 p.m. 11/15/21, 7:34 a.m., 11/16/21 WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Monday signed into law his $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill during a ceremony at the White House packed with some 800 supporters, heralding what he said was a “truly consequential” spending bill that will improve Americans’ day-to-day lives. “The signing of the Infrastructure Investment […]

Biden slated to visit Detroit GM plant on Wednesday

By: - November 15, 2021

President Joe Biden is scheduled to travel to Detroit Wednesday to visit the the General Motors Factory ZERO, Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center. At the electric vehicle assembly plant, he is slated to tout the benefits of the bipartisan infrastructure deal, which includes building electric vehicle charging stations across the country, reducing emissions to fight the climate […]

Biden taps top Whitmer lawyer, assistant U.S. attorney for Michigan posts

By: - November 15, 2021

President Joe Biden on Friday announced his picks to serve as Michigan’s two U.S. attorneys: Mark Totten and Dawn Ison. Nominations are subject to U.S. Senate approval. Totten, who has served as chief legal counsel for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer since 2019, is Biden’s nominee for U.S. attorney for the Western District of Michigan. He also […]


Susan J. Demas: Lansing is a darker place without Kelly Rossman-McKinney

By: - November 10, 2021

I’m not supposed to be working right now, but one of the things that popped into my head yesterday as I was hiking up a pass was that I should see if Kelly would want to talk for a few minutes about her amazing life.  Anyone in Lansing knows that if you’re talking about Kelly, […]

3 Mich. lawmakers sign onto national letter asking Biden to commit to zero emissions by 2050

By: - November 3, 2021

Three Michigan Democratic lawmakers have joined a letter urging President Joe Biden to “strengthen the federal government’s climate commitments under the Paris Agreement” at the Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) taking place in Glasgow. “As the largest historical contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, the United States has both a moral and practical responsibility […]