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 60 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 serves on the board of Minnpost and was 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
- October 30, 2014
Every Thursday, the Rev. Margaret Kelly and a group of volunteers gather in the basement of St. Paul’s Gustavus Adolphus Church to roll out hundreds of meat- and cheese-filled calzones, to be loaded and baked in her food truck and distributed along with bottled water at their weekly noon time service. “We’re doing our charity rather than simply handing it out,” she says. Continue reading →
- September 22, 2014
The story of Ebola in Nigeria is an unusual and frankly rare one about things going right somewhere in Africa, albeit with fingers crossed for fear that it could quickly change. The numbers are remarkable: just 21 cases of Ebola … Continue reading →
- July 3, 2014
A partnership with multinational corporations in Bangladesh reveals the complex social issues that underlie poverty and compromises anti-poverty activists must make to achieve growth and self-sustainability. Continue reading →
- April 9, 2014
On the afternoon of April 23, 2013, workers at the Rana Plaza offices of BRAC Bank were concerned about recent cracks that had appeared in the walls of the building. Their manager ordered tellers to complete transactions they were working on and promptly evacuate. Hours later, the building would lie under an eight-story heap of rubble, taking 1,100 lives in one of the deadliest garment manufacturing disasters in history. Continue reading →
- 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 →