By Tom Watkins
Dome Magazine
July 22, 2016

Under our Capitol Dome you find legislators, lobbyists, administrative officials, career civil servants, tourists and members of the Fourth and Fifth Estate – aka, “the Media.”

These days, Capitol correspondents are fewer in number, but several quality journalists still exist serving a vital interest while continuing to make our “free press” the foundation of democracy.

There is one journalist who has made a mark on the “good ole boy” network of Michigan Capitol Correspondents, long before she turned 40.  You can find her on the pages of these newspapers, along with other outstanding media outlets: NBC News, CNN, Newsweek, Forbes, The Economist, National Public Radio, the Australian Broadcast Corp., Al Jazeera, The New York TimesWashington Post, Politico, The AtlanticThe Columbia Journalism Review, The Guardian (U.K.), Chicago Sun-Times, Bloomberg News, Reuters, The Boston Herald, Seattle TimesToronto SunFort Worth Star-TelegramSan Jose Mercury News, (St. Paul) Pioneer PressDes Moines Register and Michigan Public Radio. 

Also, The Huffington Post’s Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire as well as those here in Michigan: The Detroit NewsBattle Creek EnquirerLansing State JournalDome Magazine, Impact, PennLive, Real Clear Politics and the eight papers that make up MLive

Who is this quality media production machine? Susan J. Demas, owner, editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics

 


Announcing My New Travel Writing & Photography Section

Politics may dominate my thoughts (and much of my writing), but my heart belongs to the mountains. Over the years,  I’ve written about traversing Europe, trekking the Appalachian Trail with my daughter, and conquering a Fourteener solo. I’m pleased to share some of my pieces and photography from these journeys.



Why I Write

Writer. Entrepreneur. Mother. Journalist. Public Speaker. Political Analyst. Those are all just words to describe me. What you need to know, most of all, is what drives me to fulfill those roles. I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was seven, scribbling down observations about people and events in ratty spiral notebooks. My mother always told me that my unique ability to understand people and feel what they were going through was both a gift and a curse. 

I struggled for many years to make ends meet, especially before my first child was born. I wondered if I’d ever be able to contribute anything of value, something to make the world a better place. I found my calling in journalism, honing my craft for the last fifteen years. Being a writer has always been who I am. But now it’s also what I do. 

I have an insatiable curiosity to investigate what’s going on in Michigan and the world. I believe in speaking truth to power and following Mencken’s rule to “comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.” I’ve taken on the Old Boys Club in politics (and political journalism) and won, always preserving my integrity. All this has given me a distinctive voice and fearless style to communicate with people why things are happening and what can be done.


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