Michael Freedman, who served as president of the National Press Club, general manager of CBS Radio Network, managing editor for the Broadcast Division of United Press International, 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, has died. He was 71, reports The Washington Post.
The cause was pancreatic cancer, his son Danny Freedman said.
Freedman, reports The Post, was drawn to radio from childhood, listening to baseball broadcasts of his hometown Detroit Tigers. “People have deep-seated reasons for going into radio,” he told the Detroit Jewish Weekly. “It’s dramatic and intense. You live for it.”
After beginning his career as a sportscaster, anchor and news director in Michigan, Freedman came to Washington in 1986 to lead the broadcast division of United Press International.
In 2000, reports The Post. he became “vice president for communications at GWU. He taught classes in journalism history, arranged for CNN to broadcast its “Crossfire” program from campus and led an effort to move the university’s spring commencement ceremonies to the National Mall.”
Since 2012, he had been a senior vice president for communications at the University of Maryland Global Campus, which provides online educational courses.
PHOTO: Former National Press Club President Michael Freedman was presented with the John Cosgrove Award earlier this year for continuing contributions to the Club following his term in office. NPC photo by Alan Kotok.