Fred de Sam Lazaro


Fred de Sam Lazaro is executive director of the Under-Told StoriesProject and has served as a correspondent for the PBS NewsHour, since 1985. He also was a regular contributor and substitute anchor for PBS’ Religion and Ethics Newsweekly. Fred 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 the myriad issues that underlie poverty and human suffering which are under-reported in the mainstream U.S. media. He founded the Under-Told Stories Project, now located at the University of St. Thomas, which 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.

Fred is the recipient of three honorary doctorates, numerous journalism awards and media fellowships from the Kaiser Family Foundation and the University of Michigan’ Knight Wallace program. He has served on the board of the College of St. Scholastica, in Duluth, MN, his alma mater, Minnpost, an online non-profit Minnesota news service, the Asian American Journalists Association and the Children’s Law Center of Minnesota. Fred was born in Bangalore, India and lives in St. Paul