Fred de Sam Lazaro


Fred de Sam Lazaro is executive director of the Under-Told Stories Project and has served as a correspondent for PBS NewsHour since 1985. He also was a regular contributor and substitute anchor on PBS’ Religion and Ethics Newsweekly. He also has directed films from India and the Democratic Republic of the Congo for the acclaimed documentary series Wide Angle.

The journalist has reported from 70 countries with a focus on the myriad issues that underlie poverty and human suffering, issues that are often underreported in the mainstream media in the U.S.

He is the recipient of three honorary doctorates, numerous journalism awards, and media fellowships from the Kaiser Family Foundation and the University of Michigan’s Knight-Wallace program. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The Under-Told Stories Project, now located at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, is building a library of social innovation and entrepreneurship reports designed to use storytelling to enhance students’ understanding of the pressing global issues of our time.



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