Fred de Sam Lazaro is executive director of the Under-Told Stories Project, a program that combines international journalism and teaching at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.
He also serves as a correspondent for the PBS NewsHour, a position he has held since 1985. Fred has directed films from India and the Democratic Republic of Congo for the acclaimed documentary series, Wide Angle. He has reported from 70 countries, focused on the myriad aspects of poverty that are under-reported in the mainstream U.S. media. A hallmark of this coverage is solutions-oriented storytelling, often in collaboration with social innovators and entrepreneurs.
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 has served as a trustee at the College of St. Scholastica, in Duluth, MN, his alma mater. He serves on the board of Minnpost, an online non-profit Minnesota based news service and also has served on the boards of the Asian American Journalists Association