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Louis Freedberg

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Executive Director, EdSource


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.

My priorities

Future of California; future of journalism; K-12 and higher education; criminal justice; immigration; state political reform.

Recent Spotlight Articles

Spending far from equal among state’s school districts, analysis finds
State lawmakers have struggled for decades to bring equality to how school districts are funded, yet some districts receive thousands more per student than others, a California Watch analysis has found. And the data shows spending more provides no assurance of academic success.
Wealthy donors may widen school spending gap
Two Los Angeles County communities illustrate the gap in funding at the state’s public schools.
Q&A: Why disparities exist in some California school districts
Have questions on how schools are financed in California? Check out these frequently asked questions.
Analysis compares districts’ spending, academic performance
How we did it: California Watch closely examined California Department of Education figures for the current expense of education. The data accounts for each student in attendance in the state’s nearly 1,000 school districts in the 2009-10 school year.
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