By: E&P STAFF
Veteran newspaper reporter John DeSantis has been named the city editor of The Daily Comet newspaper of Thibodaux, La. De Santis assumed the role on a provisional basis in February. He had previously been a senior staff writer at the paper.
DeSantis’ responsibilities as city editor will include organizing news coverage in four southern Louisiana parishes: Assumption, Lafourche, St. James and Terrebonne. Thibodaux lies approximately 60 miles west of New Orleans.
The 51-year-old DeSantis was born in Montreal and raised in New York City. He has lived in Louisiana since 1995. He has previously worked as a reporter at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Biloxi Sun-Herald, Wilmington (North Carolina) Star-News, and The Herald of Monterey County, California.
DeSantis is noted for his coverage of Hurricane Andrew for the Washington Post and of Hurricane Katrina for both the Star-News and the New York Times. He is also the author of two books, including ?The New Untouchables: How America Sanctions Police Violence.?