El-Sayed to launch 10-episode Crooked Media podcast

    Former gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed
    Abdul El-Sayed at town hall, March 18, 2019 | Andrew Roth

    Former Michigan gubernatorial candidate Dr. Abdul El-Sayed will host a health care podcast called “America Dissected” for Crooked Media, Deadline first reported Monday.

    The Hollywood publication reports the podcast will “go beyond the headlines to understand the everyday threats to our national wellbeing, from the rise of anti-vaxxers and the price of prescription drugs, to the true causes of the opioid epidemic.”

    Crooked Media is run by former President Barack Obama campaign veterans Jon Favreau, Tommy Vietor and Jon Lovett. During El-Sayed’s unsuccessful 2018 Democratic campaign, he appeared on “Pod Save America,” where he got a warm reception.

    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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