Corey Friedman is an award-winning opinion journalist who specializes in solutions-based commentary on politics, open government and First Amendment issues.
Friedman is editor of The Wilson Times in North Carolina and executive editor of Restoration NewsMedia, a joint venture of North Carolina's last two family-owned daily newspapers dedicated to restoring and preserving authentic community journalism.
Friedman has received numerous state and national honors for editorial writing, commentary, political coverage and news reporting. In 2019, his work was honored at the News Leaders Association’s prestigious annual awards with the Burl Osborne Award for Editorial Leadership.
A self-described local news evangelist, Friedman served on the North Carolina Press Association board of directors from 2015 to 2018 and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists. He was named to Editor & Publisher magazine's “25 Under 35” list of up-and-coming newsroom leaders in 2019.
Though he did not attend journalism school, Friedman quips that he received a graduate-level education in media law while serving as editor of his community college student newspaper. With the assistance of national student rights and press freedom groups, Friedman and fellow student journalists asserted the publication's editorial independence following an administrative censorship controversy. That experience set the tone for a career of nonpartisan free speech advocacy.
As a reporter, Friedman has flown in a Russian fighter jet, fired sniper rifles under the watchful eye of police weapons instructors, covered an NFL game and felt the heat of a 1,000-degree inferno in full turnout gear alongside local firefighters. His remaining human guinea pig goals include being shocked with a stun gun and sampling the world's hottest chili pepper.
A Florida native, Friedman lives in eastern North Carolina. Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter @coreywrites.