Fred de Sam Lazaro
Fred 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 Ethics Newsweekly.
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 Children's Law Center of Minnesota.
Fred was born in Bangalore, India and lives in St. Paul. He is married and has three children.
Fred's Most Recent Stories
- January 21, 2014
ANGAT, Philippines — To Antonio “Tony” Meloto, migration is both culprit and symptom of the entrenched poverty in the Philippines. It is a poverty of self-esteem as much as anything material, he adds. Continue reading →
- September 25, 2013
PBS NewsHour will have a report on the plight of Christians in Pakistan on Monday’s program. Pakistan’s churches, like their congregants, are not numerous but they’ve been drawn into the U.S.-led war on militants in this region, becoming both frontier … Continue reading →
- July 3, 2013
Fazle Abed, founder of the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee, describes its approach to development. DHAKA, Bangladesh | From its blood-soaked war of independence from Pakistan 42 years ago to disasters — natural and industrial — Bangladesh has long been known … Continue reading →
- May 9, 2013
NewsHour special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro asks Molly Melching about her efforts to educate Senegalese women about the harms of genital cutting. Molly Melching didn’t think she had much more than curiosity — and a love of the French … Continue reading →
- December 12, 2012
This image obtained by the framing camera on NASA’s Dawn spacecraft shows the south pole of the giant asteroid Vesta. Photo by NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA. There’s been buzz in the news this week about two asteroids nearly sideswiping us. Boston Globe referred … Continue reading →