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 two honorary doctorates, 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
World May 30Small Enterprises Take Root in Ghana
Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on what sets Ghana apart from its neighbors in its entrepreneurship efforts.
Economy Mar 30Regulators Crack Down on Microfinance Industry in India
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3Kw7qSrW1Y] New rules aimed at regulating India's microfinance industry, whose spectacular growth and near collapse strongly echo the U.S. subprime mortgage crisis, are set to take effect April 1. Neighboring Bangladesh's supreme court will also resume hearing an appeal…
World Mar 18Reporter’s Notebook: Syria’s ‘Red Lines’
Poster of President Bashar al Assad in Syrian street. Photo by Nicole See Syria's government is not usually hospitable to Western journalists, and officials in Damascus' Ministry of Information seemed as surprised as my teammates, Nikki See, Tom Adair and…
Health Feb 23Guinea Worm: Parasitic Infection Nearing Extinction
Officials at the Atlanta-based Carter Center said this week that the effort to eradicate the Guinea Worm parasite -- a scourge that dates back to Biblical times -- is now 99 percent complete. In an elaborate ceremony in Atlanta to…
World Jan 05Four Months Later, Pakistan Still Reeling From Floods
Pakistani children in flooded town of Khairpur Nathanshah (Photo by Rizwan Tabassum/AFP/Getty Images) It is hard not to sympathize just a bit with Pakistani officials who, amid widespread accusations of a feeble, uncoordinated response to last summer's floods, argue…
Health Dec 29India Dispatch: Thriving Development Spawns Water, Resource Worries
Boy drinks from water tanker in India. (Photo by Nicole See) NEW DELHI, India | If there are water wars in the future, conservationist Jyothi Sharma thinks they'll happen just outside her apartment in an upper-middle class enclave in Delhi's…
Health Apr 07Eradicating Guinea Worm, Step-by-Step
Poverty rarely gets more degrading than when people are forced to drink from the same muddy ponds as livestock and wild animals. Yet this was a common scene on my most recent visit to Southern Sudan and rural Ethiopia.
Science Dec 17Controlling ‘Black Carbon’ May Be Key to Slowing Climate Change
Black carbon is a relatively new entrant into the climate change lexicon. Professor V. Ramanathan, a leading climate scientist, ranks it behind only carbon dioxide as a cause of global warming. He says it is a major cause of…