Louis Freedberg is the executive director for EdSource, a nonprofit organization that provides data tools and research on education issues in California. Previously he was a senior reporter and an adviser to California Watch. As a co-founder, Louis was the first director of California Watch until May 2010. He previously was director of the California Media Collaborative, based at the Commonwealth Club of California. Until 2007, he worked at the San Francisco Chronicle in a variety of roles: columnist and member of its editorial board, Washington correspondent during the presidency of Bill Clinton, and higher education reporter. He was a senior editor at Pacific News Service, where he established and directed Pacific Youth Press. Louis was the founder and director of Youth News in Oakland, which trained high school students as radio news reporters. He has written and reported for a wide range of publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post and National Public Radio. He has reported from diverse regions of the world, including southern Africa, the former Soviet Union and Central America. Louis was the recipient of a John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University and an Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellowship. He has a doctorate in cultural anthropology from UC Berkeley and a bachelor's degree in psychology from Yale University.
Future of California; future of journalism; K-12 and higher education; criminal justice; immigration; state political reform.