Mike Freeman Reflects on His 23 Year Career at The San Diego Union Tribune
Mike Freeman, San Diego's leading tech reporter is ready for a new challenge. His transition comes at a time during major changes in the traditional media business.
Mike Freeman is a veteran tech reporter in San Diego’s business community.
He was the first big name journalist that I followed closely from when I started reporting on technology for The San Diego Business Journal.
Our paths first crossed in the summer of 2021, when I was invited to attend Qualcomm’s quarterly earnings briefing call alongside Mike Freeman, Stephen Nellis, a senior reporter at Reuters that covers Apple.
Freeman has been working in the newspaper business longer than I have been alive, and his coverage has attracted readers from across the industry.
In particular, he has interviewed some of the industry’s most powerful and elite technology executives at Qualcomm, Illumina, Resmed, Callaway Golf, Intuit, among others. He has also highlighted San Diego’s fastest-growing startups including EcoATM, Tealium, Braincorp ClickUp, Drata, all which have reached unicorn status, creating billions in combined value within their respective industries.
Freeman, who joined the San Diego Union Tribune in 1999 after working as the business editor of a daily newspaper in a small city in Oregon, officially announced leaving the U-T last Friday and kindly agreed to do an exclusive with me.
We covered a lot of ground: we talked about his career covering the booming golf industry, the region’s largest publicly traded companies, and of course the red-hot startup and venture capital ecosystem in San Diego.