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December 10, 2019

Broadcast Journalist, Executive, and Educator Michael Freedman elected President of the National Press Club, Washington, DC.

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Photo: Invitation to the National Press Club members for attending the inauguration of the new president.

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Photo: The United States Chief of Staff of the Army, General Ray Odierno, speaks during a question and answer session at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Image Credit: JBLM PAO. [File Photo]

WASHINGTON, 10 December 2019 — Michael Freedman, Journalist in Residence at the University of Maryland Global Campus and Executive Producer of The Kalb Report, was elected the 113th president of the National Press Club, The World’s Leading Professional Organization for Journalists, on Friday, 6 December 2019.

Freedman, a 35-year broadcast journalist, network executive, and teacher will officially assume the duties of the presidency in January 2020.

In his acceptance speech before his fellow members, Freedman acknowledged the opportunities and challenges the coming election year would bring to the journalism profession, and pledged to uphold the Club’s vital role as both a beacon for press freedom and a champion of journalistic excellence:

“At the National Press Club, we protect press freedom, we protect reporters around the world, and today, we must also protect the reputation of journalism.”

Invoking Edward R. Murrow’s legendary “lights and wires in a box” speech, Freedman challenged his colleagues to keep their heads down and remain steadfast in their quest for the truth and their commitment to the journalist’s creed:

“Today we live in a digital world; one in which we have more information at our fingertips than perhaps even Ed Murrow could have imagined. At the same time, readers, listeners, and viewers on all platforms are asking: ‘Who do you trust?’ The National Press Club is an indispensable platform to educate, inspire, empower, and protect. I pray tonight that we join together over the next year to use it to those ends.”

Freedman has served as general manager of CBS Radio Network, vice president and managing editor for the Broadcast Division of United Press International, a vice president and professor of journalism at The George Washington University, and journalist in residence at the University of Maryland Global Campus.

For the past 25 years, he has also served as executive producer of the multi-award-winning public broadcasting series “The Kalb Report” with Marvin Kalb. He has the distinction of having produced Walter Cronkite’s final programming for CBS News. Freedman and his teams have won more than 85 honors, including 14 Edward R. Murrow Awards. He is the co-author of The Broadcast Voice Handbook, a contributing writer for Broadcasting Through Crisis, The Encyclopedia of Journalism, and Responsible Journalism, and a contributor to Cronkite by Douglas Brinkley.

A Detroit native, Mr. Freedman, is a graduate of Wayne State University. He spent 15 years as a reporter, sportscaster, anchor, and news director in Detroit radio before moving to Washington.

Also elected in Friday’s Club elections were: Lisa Nicole Matthews (Associated Press) as vice president; Kimberly Adams (Marketplace) as treasurer; Emily Wilkins (Bloomberg Government) as secretary; and Eileen Drage O’Reilly (Axios) as membership secretary. Elected to the Board of Governors were: Herb Jackson of CQ Roll Call, Mark Schoeff, Jr. of Investment News, Gillian Rich of Investor’s Business Daily, freelance journalist Menachem Wecker, and Lindsay Law Murphy of American Forest & Paper Association.

The Club has planned an Inaugural Gala for the New President on 18 January 2020.

Founded in 1908, the National Press Club, located in Washington, D.C., is the world’s leading professional organization for journalists. It has more than 3,100 members worldwide.


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