Advance reporter Nick Manes named ‘Media Person of the Year’

    Advance reporter Nick Manes

    Michigan Advance reporter Nick Manes has been named “Media Person of the Year” by the West Michigan Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (WMPRSA).

    Every year, the organization holds its PRoof Awards and honors a journalist for “outstanding contributions to the field of journalism in the West Michigan area.” The event will be held on May 22 in Grand Rapids.

    Manes has been a reporter with the Michigan Advance since the outlet launched in December 2018. He covers West Michigan, business, labor, infrastructure and voting rights. He previously spent six years as a reporter at MiBiz covering commercial real estate, economic development and public policy at the local and state levels.

    “I’m honored to be recognized by the West Michigan chapter of the PRSA,” Manes said on Tuesday. “The Grand Rapids area has a lot of talented journalists dedicated to telling the important stories in the region. It’s a privilege to be among them and I look forward to continue telling those important stories.”

    Susan J. Demas is a 19-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 3,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 60 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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