Fred de Sam Lazaro


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 has worked at PBS NewsHour since 1985 and was a regular contributor and substitute anchor for PBS' Religion and Ethics Newsweekly. He has also directed films from India and the Democratic Republic of the Congo for the acclaimed documentary series Wide Angle.

De Sam Lazaro has reported from 70 countries, with a focus on issues that underlie poverty, human suffering, and efforts to alleviate them. His "Agents for Change" series on NewsHour features the work of social innovators worldwide, many in faith-based enterprises.

He 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, Minnesota, his alma mater; MinnPost, an online, nonprofit Minnesota-based news service, and the Asian American Journalists Association.

De Sam Lazaro was born in Bangalore, India, and lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Fred de Sam Lazaro picture taken on the banks of a river surrounded by steep peaks