Fred de Sam Lazaro
Fred de Sam Lazaro is executive director of the Under-Told Stories Project, a program that combines international journalism at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. Fred has served The PBS NewsHour 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 70 countries, with a focus on issues that underlie poverty and human suffering and efforts to alleviate them. His Agents for Change series on the NewsHour, features the work of social innovators worldwide, many of the faith-based enterprises.
Fred is the recipient of three honorary doctorates, numerous journalism awards and media fellowships from the Kaiser Family Foundation and the University of Michigan. He has served on the boards of the College of St. Scholastica, in Duluth, MN, his alma mater and Minnpost, an online non-profit Minnesota based news service and the Asian American Journalists Association. Fred was born in Bangalore, India and lives in St. Paul.