David Justin Freed, ALM

Special Assistant Professor of Journalism and Media Communication, Colorado State University
David Freed is a contributing editor at the Smithsonian's Air & Space Magazine, a creative writing instructor at the Harvard Extension School, and a special assistant professor of journalism at Colorado State University. He is an instrument-rated pilot, screenwriter, and the Audible best-selling author of six mystery-thriller novels. He's also worked as an asset for the US intelligence community. A former award-winning investigative journalist for The Los Angeles Times, Freed reported from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Iraq during Operation Desert Storm. He was an individual finalist for the Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Public Service and later shared in a Pulitzer for the Times' coverage of the 1992 Rodney King riots. His 8,600-word exposé in The Atlantic, detailing how the FBI pursued the wrong suspect in a string of anthrax murders following 9/11, was named as a finalist by the American Society of Magazine Editors in the 2011 National Magazine Awards Feature Writing category.


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