Susan DeMaggio named Light editor

Susan DeMaggio is the new executive editor of the La Jolla Light, said Phyllis Pfeiffer, publisher of the Light and the coastal group newspapers of MainStreet Media San Diego. DeMaggio succeeds Kathy Day who is stepping down from that post to write for the Light and spend more time with her family.

Susan DeMaggio relaxes at the beach.

In her recent assignment as Lifestyles editor for the Light and its sister papers in Del Mar, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe and Carmel Valley, DeMaggio distinguished herself as a visionary editor, with a flair for community journalism. Prior to joining the Light, she was editor of Today’s Local News and the SDbackyard website for the San Diego Union-Tribune. Before that she was features editor for the Muskegon (Michigan) Chronicle and managing editor for a group of lifestyle magazines. Other career stops include stints as a legal reporter, projects editor and news editor for various newspapers in Michigan.

DeMaggio is a graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit with a B.A. in Journalism and has taken post-graduate courses in Service Journalism presented by Columbia School of Journalism.

“Over my past two years at The Light, I have come to learn and love the La Jolla community,” DeMaggio said. “It is a privilege for this journalist to continue to cover some of the most interesting people on the planet — from La Jolla’s business, medical and academic professionals to its residents, philanthropists, performing and fine artists, and surf community.

“The plan going forward is to grow and strengthen our presentation of La Jolla news and information online, in print, and through our social media outlets. As executive editor, I welcome readers’ input at or (858) 875-5950.”

In making the announcement, Pfeiffer added, “Kathy Day did a marvelous job in helping to restore the authority of the Light in the community. The Light, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2013, is a better paper today than it was before Kathy came on board. While we will miss her leadership in the newsroom, we will continue to benefit from her reporting skills and her knowledge of the La Jolla community.”

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2 Comments for “Susan DeMaggio named Light editor”

  1. BJA

    It looks like you have a very dynamic and young new leader. Good luck.

  2. Jaruska Solyova

    W h a t a d a y !

    Susan DeMaggio bringing n e w l i g h t into LJLight,
    stepping gracefully on the path paved by Kathy Day :-)
    As L J resident since 1986, I'll be watching closely…AND have more to say
    in a few months…perhaps by May?

    My heartfelt CONGRATULATION to both of you,
    to Ms. DAY for spending more DAY TIME with her family,
    + Ms.DE MAGGIO for making all Italians bearing
    this LOVELY LAST NAME proud ;-)
    P.S. Keep relaxing on the beach – you'll need it!

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