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Eric Freedman

About: Eric Freedman

Eric Freedman, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, is professor of Journalism and director of Capital News Service and the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism at Michigan State University. He is a former Lansing Bureau reporter for the Detroit News and has been a Fulbright journalism instructor in Uzbekistan, Lithuania and the Republic of Georgia.

The drive along E40 from Belgium into France was seamless, the border invisible other than a small sign with “Belgique” and the EU stars in one direction and an equally small sign with “France” and the EU stars in the other direction. The landscape of flat, rain-drenched farm fields was identical on both sides of the invisible line as I traveled from the North Sea...
“Money is the mother’s milk of politics.” That incisive and perhaps cynical observation gets attributed to Jesse “Big Daddy” Unruh, the legendary speaker of the California State Assembly and a highly influential player in national Democratic politics in the 1970s.  And just as milk can turn sour, so too can campaign money – a reality some politicians forget or ignore, to their own peril.  With...

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