Advance Notice: Briefs

Biden and Whitmer to appear in Traverse City

By: - June 28, 2021 3:25 pm

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer introduces former Vice President Joe Biden in Detroit, March 9, 2020 | Ken Coleman

President Joe Biden is slated to join Gov. Gretchen Whitmer at an event highlighting progress in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

They are scheduled to be in Traverse City on Saturday, the White House announced. This will be the president’s third visit to Michigan this year. Biden has visited the Portage Pfizer facility and a Ford plant in Dearborn.

As the Advance previously reported, Vice President Kamala Harris postponed a trip to Detroit scheduled for Monday to boost COVID vaccinations.

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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.

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