Capital News Service

of the Michigan State University School of Journalism


Eric FreedmanEric Freedman began his reporting career in 1976 at the Albany, N.Y., Knickerbocker News, where he covered legal affairs, city hall and then state government. He was a Capitol reporter in Lansing for the Detroit News from 1984 until 1995. His articles have appeared in more than 125 newspapers, magazines and newsletters in the United States, Canada, Germany, Australia, Central Asia, Singapore and New Zealand.

Now an associate professor of journalism, he’s been on the faculty fulltime at MSU since 1996, teaching public affairs reporting, newswriting, media law, documentary research and specialized seminars. He also serves as MSU’s assistant dean of International Studies & Programs. His research interests include press coverage of statewide campaigns in the United States and press systems and journalism practices and education in the former Soviet republics of Central Asia.

Freedman majored in government at Cornell University and earned a law degree from New York University and a master’s degree in resource development from MSU.

His books include African Americans in Congess: A Documentary History (Congressional Quarterly Press); “What to Study: 101 Fields in a Flash” (Kaplan/Simon & Schuster) ; John F. Kennedy in His Own Words (Citadel) and Great Lakes, Great National Forests: A Recreational Guide (Thunder Bay Press). His awards include a Pulitzer Prize in beat reporting and awards from the Educational Press Association, Associated Press, Outdoor Writers Association of America, New York State Bar Association and others.

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Vic RauchVic Rauch has been a CNS copy editor since 1999, when he retired after 36 years as a professional newsman, first at the Milwaukee Journal and then at the Kalamazoo Gazette.

Vic is a 1963 graduate of the MSU School of Journalism, an alumnus of The State News and current president of the State News Board of Directors. He also attended University of the Americas in Mexico City and participated in professional and management seminars sponsored by the American Press Institute, Kalamazoo College and professional associations.

Since his retirement, Vic has taught news edition, news writing, advanced reporting and journalism history classes with the MSU School of Journalism.

Vic and his wife, Ellen, live in East Lansing, Together, they have seven children and 11 grandchildren. As a youth soccer and Little League coach in Kalamazoo, Vic worked with future Rose Bowl and Super Bowl champion player Duane Young and World Series and All-Star player Derek Jeter.


About CNS

CNS reporters cover state government — issues and personalities.

Covering stories of meaning to their member papers, they come in contact with the important newsmakers of the day, from the Supreme Court justices and the governor to members of the Legislature and the people who run the state government departments, to lobbyists and public-interest organizations.

Then they also talk with “real people” — the individual citizens and businesses in communities to get their reactions to what’s happening in Lansing.

In addition to weekly news stories, CNS students write in-depth articles on issues facing state government and their impact on taxpayers.
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