Susan DeSantis, an award-winning journalist with expertise in both digital and print media, has joined the New York Law Journal as its deputy editor-in-chief.
DeSantis comes to ALM from The Record in Northern New Jersey where she was the editor in charge of the digital site, northjersey.com, during the early-morning hours. At the website and newspaper, she was responsible for major breaking news and was the editor who dispatched dozens of reporters and photographers to the World Trade Center during the terrorist attacks.
Her responsibilities for northjersey.com included posting court stories to the web and editing legal blogs on notable cases. In addition, she supervised reporters on the Topics and Enterprise team and developed expertise in such topics as education, human services, transportation, health and the environment.
DeSantis, a certified teacher of high school English, taught journalism at both Rutgers University in New Brunswick and Newark. She also served as a diversity trainer at The Asbury Park Press as part of an effort by the Newspaper Association of America to diversify the nation’s newsrooms. She received a journalism degree from Syracuse University.
As the deputy editor-in-chief, DeSantis will be meeting with the legal community in New York City and the surrounding region to gain insight into what readers care about most. She will rely on ALM’s vast network of reporters in Manhattan and the rest of the country to find stories that matter to the Law Journal’s audience. In addition, she will be writing stories of her own on the latest trends.