Louis Freedberg was formerly executive director of the California Media Collaborative, whose goal was to devise new strategies for coverage of key California issues. The Collaborative joined forces with CIR in May 2009. Until August 2007, Freedberg worked at the <i>San Francisco Chronicle</i> 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 <i>Pacific News Service</i>, now <i>New America Media,</i> where he established and directed <i>Pacific Youth Press</i>. He was the founder and director of <i>Youth News</i> in Oakland, which trained high school students as radio news reporters. He has written and reported for a wide range of publications including <i>The New York Times</i>, <i>The Washington Post</i> and <i>National Public Radio</i>. He has reported from diverse regions of the world, including Southern Africa, the former Soviet Union and Central America.. He was the recipient of a John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford and an Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellowship. He has a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from UC Berkeley and a B.A. in psychology from Yale University.