Eric Freedman

Eric  Freedman
  • Professor
  • Chair
  • Journalism
  • Knight Center for Environmental Journalism
  • 404 Wilson Road
  • Room 382 Communication Arts and Sciences Building
  • 517-355-4729



Eric Freedman is Professor of Journalism and former Associate Dean of International Studies and Programs. During his 20-year newspaper career, he covered public affairs, environmental issues and legal affairs for newspapers in New York and Michigan, winning a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of a legislative corruption scandal. He teaches environmental journalism and serves as director of the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism. He also teaches public affairs reporting, international journalism and feature writing and serves as director of the school's Capital News Service, a professional-level practicum in which students cover state government for more than 25 newspapers and online news outlets across Michigan. Freedman earned his bachelor's degree in government from Cornell University, his law degree from New York University and his master's degree in resource development from MSU. Internationally, he has taught journalism as a Fulbright scholar in Lithuania, Georgia and Uzbekistan, and given lectures and led workshops and seminars for professional journalists, students and the public in Singapore, Russia, Chile, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Japan, Estonia and Kyrgyzstan.


  • Press systems and journalism practices in the former Soviet Union:
  • environmental journalism practices and challenges;
  • international journalists' professional standards and education;
  • public affairs reporting;
  • news coverage of press and human rights; 
  • U.S. political history.