Fred's Recent Stories
World Aug 18Column: How my reporting trip to Ethiopia came to an abrupt end
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…
World Sep 16Doctor slashes the cost of surgeries for India’s poor
To keep costs of heart surgeries low for poor populations in India, Narayana Health took a partnership approach.
Nation Aug 07My story as an Indian immigrant
Forty years ago, I arrived in America with none of the social bona fides, the pedigree that comes from T-ball, Boy Scouts, junior prom or graduating from the local high school.
World Apr 24Human rights activist Sabeen Mahmud shot dead in Karachi
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…
Nation Oct 30Food truck church brings faith and calzones to those in need
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…
World Sep 22Reporter’s Notebook: Covering Ebola in Nigeria while navigating corruption
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…
World Jul 03Uneasy alliance in Bangladesh reveals complex social issues
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.
World Apr 09Questions linger a year after Bangladesh’s garment factory collapse
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…
World Jan 21Building enterprises and self-esteem at the Philippines’ Enchanted Farm
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.
World Jul 03One Group’s Approach to Aid in Bangladesh
EmbedVideo(6861, 482, 304); 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…