Fred de Sam Lazaro

About Fred

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 Recent Stories

Nation Aug 07

My 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 24

Human 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…

World Jul 03

One 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…

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