de Sam Lazaro is director of the Under-Told Stories Project at St. Mary's University in Minnesota,
a program that combines international journalism and teaching.
He has served with The NewsHour since 1985 and is a regular
contributor and substitute anchor for PBS' Religion and
He also has directed films from India
and the Democratic Republic of Congo for the acclaimed documentary
series, Wide Angle. Fred has reported from 35 countries:
from Haiti to sub-Saharan Africa to south Asia, he has focused
on stories that are under-reported in the mainstream U.S.
media. In addition to regularly covering AIDS, public health
concerns, development issues and social entrepreneurship,
he led the first American crew to report on the crisis in
Sudan's Darfur region.
Fred is the recipient of an honorary doctorate, numerous
journalism awards and media fellowships from the Kaiser
Family Foundation and the University of Michigan. He is
a trustee at the College of St Scholastica, in Duluth, MN,
his alma mater. He also has served on the boards of the
Asian American Journalists Association and the Childrenšs
Law Center of Minnesota.
Fred was born in Bangalore, India and lives in St. Paul.
He is married and has three children.
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