Meet the Executive Producer
In a distinguished career spanning more than 35 years, Michael Freedman has served as general manager of CBS Radio Network News, managing editor for the Broadcast Division of United Press International (UPI), vice president and professor of journalism at The George Washington University, and senior vice president and journalist-in-residence at University of Maryland Global Campus.
For the past 26 years, he has also served as executive producer of the multi-awarding winning Kalb Report public broadcasting series, based at the National Press Club and moderated by legendary journalist Marvin Kalb. In addition, he is executive producer of the weekly radio series “This Just In!” which explores the past, present and future of journalism.
During his tenure at CBS News, Freedman partnered with Walter Cronkite on the legendary newsman’s final programming at the network, including the 30-part radio series “Walter Cronkite’s Postscripts to the 20th Century.” He was also executive producer of the three-hourCBS News 20th Century Roundup anchored by Dan Rather and featuring the final reunion of all of the surviving members of Edward R. Murrow’s original broadcast team from World War II.
At GW, Freedman forged groundbreaking partnerships with CNN, The National Press Club, POLITICO, and The Newseum and led the university’s participation in the production of nearly 800 CNN Crossfire telecasts live from campus. At United Press International, Freedman led the UPI Radio Network and the National Broadcast Wire. Prior to joining UPI, Freedman spent 15 years as a national award winning reporter, anchor, sportscaster, and news director in Detroit radio.
Freedman and his teams have earned more than 85 honors including 14 Edward R. Murrow awards. He is co-author of The Broadcast Voice Handbook and a contributing author toBroadcasting Through Crisis, Responsible Journalism and The Encyclopedia of Journalism.
He is a member of the Board of Governors of the National Press Club and the Newseum Educator Advisory Team.