Jonathan Freed is a general assignment correspondent for CNN/U.S. based at CNN's Chicago Bureau.
Before joining CNN in March 2004, Freed was a national correspondent for Hearst-Argyle Television's Washington, D.C. bureau, a network correspondent for CBS News based in Los Angeles and Washington, and an anchor and reporter for WXIX-TV in Cincinnati. He was also the senior anchor and news editor for the Global Television Network in Montreal.
Since joining CNN Freed has covered everything from the BTK serial killer trial in Kansas to Hurricane Katrina, when he rode out the storm in Biloxi, Miss.
Freed is a FAA-certified private pilot and brings his knowledge and experience in aviation to his reporting. He arranged for CNN to get an up-close and personal look at what it's like for a small plane flying into restricted airspace to be intercepted by F-16 fighters. He also provides live analysis of aviation emergencies such as when an airliner slid off the end of a runway at Chicagos Midway airport, crashed through a fence and stopped in the middle of a busy street.
Throughout his career, Freed has covered a wide range of events and issues including the impeachment and trial of former president Bill Clinton, the Supreme Court showdown over the 2000 presidential election, the Academy Awards and the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.
Freed has a bachelor's degree in political science from McGill University in Montreal and a master of arts degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario in London. He has also studied at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.