Fred de Sam Lazaro is executive director of the Under-Told Stories Project, an international journalism program based at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. He has served the PBS NewsHour as a correspondent since 1985 and was 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 acclaimed documentary series, Wide Angle.
Fred has reported from 67 countries focused on stories and issues that are under-reported in the mainstream U.S. media, with particular emphasis on social innovation and entrepreneurship aimed at alleviating poverty.
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, an online non-profit Minnesota based news service and also has served on the boards of the Asian American Journalists Association, the Children’s Law Center of Minnesota and the College of St. Scholastica, in Duluth, MN, his alma mater. Fred was born in Bangalore, India and lives in St. Paul. He is married and has three children.