Eric Freedman

Eric Freedman

Professor, J&J Knight Chair


Comm Arts And Sci
404 Wilson Rd Room 305
East Lansing MI 48824 US

Eric Freedman is the Knight Chair in Environmental Journalism, director of the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism and a professor in the School of Journalism. As director of MSU’s Capital News Service, he also writes and edits environmental news stories for the center’s Great Lakes Echo. He has headed the Journalism School’s Australia Media, Environment, Culture & Tourism study abroad program and MSU’s Scotland media and environment Freshman Seminar Abroad. As a Fulbright Scholar, he co-developed and taught the first university-level course on environmental and science journalism in Uzbekistan, and he researches environmental journalism and coverage of environmental issues in the former Soviet republics of Central Asia. As a journalist, his interests include public lands, habitat and diversity, invasive species, eco-tourism, forests, international transborder environmental problems, fisheries, environmental enforcement and archaeology. His books include Environmental Crises in Central Asia: From Steppes to Seas, from Deserts to Glaciers and Great Lakes, Great National Forests: A Recreational Guide. During his 20-year reporting career he covered public affairs and legal affairs for newspapers in New York and Michigan, winning a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of a corruption scandal.

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