Fred de Sam Lazaro
Fred de Sam Lazaro is director of the Under-Told Stories Project at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, a program that combines international journalism and teaching. He has served with the PBS 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 documentary series Wide Angle. Fred has reported from more than 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, Minnesota, 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's Most Recent Stories
August 18, 2016
We came to Ethiopia to report on the country’s response to a historic drought. We left with a very different story and a taste of how hard it is for journalists, even those on what should have been a mostly positive story. Continue reading →
September 16, 2015
To keep costs of heart surgeries low for poor populations in India, Narayana Health took a partnership approach. Continue reading →
April 24, 2015
Sabeen Mahmud was a human rights activist owner of a coffee shop and performance space in Karachi, Pakistan, designed to bring people together. On Friday, Mahmud, 40, was fatally gunned down as she left T2F (The Second Floor) following an event in a shooting that also left her mother critically injured. Continue reading →
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 →