Michael Freedman is senior vice president of Communications at University of Maryland University College (UMUC).
In a distinguished career spanning more than 30 years, Freedman has served as general manager of CBS Radio Network News, managing editor for the Broadcast Division of United Press International, leadership press secretary to the Majority Whip of the U.S. House of Representatives, vice president of Communications for The George Washington University, GW professor of Media and Public Affairs and executive director of the university's Global Media Institute.
During his tenure at GW, Freedman forged groundbreaking partnerships with CNN, The National Press Club, Politico and The Newseum in Washington, D.C. Over the course of his career, he has collaborated on programming with such icons as Walter Cronkite, Marvin Kalb, Tony Bennett, Ernie Harwell, Robert Trout, Richard C. Hottelet, Dan Rather, Charles Osgood and Abba Eban.
Freedman is the recipient of more than 85 honors, including 14 Edward R. Murrow awards for excellence in broadcast journalism. In 2009, the Global Media Institute earned a Gold World Medal in the New York Festivals International Radio Awards competition for its centennial tribute to Edward R. Murrow, which was moderated and produced by Freedman. In 2003, he was honored with the RTNDA Washington, D.C. Chapter's Peter Hackes Memorial Award for career contributions to broadcast journalism in the nation's capital. Most recently in 2011 he received the GW School of Media and Public Affairs Faculty Excellence Award, voted annually by students in the program.
Freedman is co-author of The Broadcast Voice Handbook and a contributing author to Broadcasting Through Crisis, Responsible Journalism and The Encyclopedia of Journalism. He is a member of The Newseum Educator Advisory Team and serves on the boards of The Duke Ellington School of the Arts, the RTDNA Washington, D.C. Area Chapter, and The Radio History Society.
He holds a bachelor's degree in Speech Communication from Wayne State University in Detroit. He and his wife Renee have two sons and live in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.