About Corey Friedman

Corey Friedman

Corey Friedman

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. 

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Prescriptions Aren't Making Patients Safer Nov 21, 2020

Illnesses are ignored, and chronic conditions go untreated as the coronavirus crisis conspires to keep Americans away from their family doctors. More than a third of primary care physicians had furloughed office staff by June 1, according to a surve... Read More

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Parler Falls Short on Free-Speech Promises Nov 14, 2020

In four days, a once-obscure social network that's been around since 2018 saw its user base swell by 4.5 million people, claimed the top spot on smartphone app download charts and trolled Twitter, the platform it hopes to supplant, by becoming a tren... Read More

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Marijuana Bans Going Up in Smoke Nov 07, 2020

As tallies trickled in from battleground states, one outcome was clear after election night: America is going to pot. Voters in New Jersey, Arizona and Montana approved ballot initiatives to legalize marijuana for adult use. Mississippi residents ga... Read More

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States Can't Defend Ballot-Selfie Bans Oct 31, 2020

If you share a snapshot from the voting booth, elections officials might scour your social media pages and offer you a choice: censorship or a criminal charge. That's what happened to T. Greg Doucette, who cast his ballot Oct. 15 during early voting... Read More