Michael W. Freeman was born and raised in Fall River, Massachusetts.
A graduate of Hampshire College and George Washington University, Michael got his start in journalism in 1988 when he began working as a reporter at a small weekly newspaper in the quaint town of Ipswich, Massachusetts, called The Ipswich Chronicle.
He spent 11 years as a reporter for an urban daily in Fall River, The Herald News, while also contributing commentary for local radio talk shows and teaching journalism at Bristol Community College.
In 2002, Michael relocated to Orlando, and spent eight years as the editor of The Reporter, a weekly newspaper in Central Florida founded in 2003 by The New York Times. In this role, he created the first newspaper for Four Corners, one of the fastest growing areas of Central Florida. Located just south of Walt Disney World, Four Corners is a former stretch of citrus groves that, by 2000, had become populated by scores of newly built and expansive subdivisions. Michael provided the residents and businesses of this area with its first print publication.
In November 2008, Michael formed Freeline Productions as a vehicle to produce an original play he’d written, Hooked, which had its premiere at The Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival in May 2009. The following year, Michael wrote and produced Copping a Craigie, a play that sold out four of its six performances at the Orlando Fringe Festival and attracted positive reviews. Michael continues to write original plays and remains active in local theater. He’s a member of the Playwrights Round Table in Orlando, and the Orlando Shakespeare Theater Guild, and remains a devoted and passionate lover of the arts and community theater.
In October 2010, Michael expanded Freeline Productions to include an online magazine,Freeline Media, which covers Central Florida with news articles, opinion pieces and reviews.
Michael is also the author of the “Freelining with Mike Freeman” columns, and writes reviews of local theater productions and area restaurants.
His work includes fiction as well. In 2013, Michael published the novel “Bloody Rabbit,” a dark and unnerving story of a middle-aged man struggling to cope in the aftermath of the brutal national recession. The novel is available on Amazon.com.
Michael has also worked as an editor at The Orlando Sentinel, and the Sentinel’s sister company, Forum Publishing Group, which produces a series of weekly newspapers in South Florida. For two weeks in November 2013, Michael was the interim editor of The Jewish Journal, the nation’s largest Jewish weekly newspaper.
He is also employed by the Orlando Magic, one of just 30 teams in the NBA.