The University of Michigan Wallace House Center for Journalists presents Fred de Sam Lazaro, executive director of the “Under-Told Stories: Keeping International Stories in the News” project and correspondent for the PBS NewsHour, as he takes a critical look at the world’s underreported events and awakens us to understand the daily concerns of far away people who increasingly affect our lives.
A 1989 Michigan Journalism Fellow, later named the Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowship, de Sam Lazaro founded Under-Told Stories in 2006, a journalism project focused on the consequences of poverty and stories about the world’s biggest challenges, including climate, food and water, and human rights.
In addition to producing content for news organizations, Under-Told Stories collaborates with educators to engage students on the pressing issues of our time. This event is part of the Eisendrath Symposium, which honors Charles R. Eisendrath, the former director of the Wallace House, and his lifelong commitment to international journalism.
About Fred de Sam Lazaro:
Fred de Sam Lazaro is the executive director of the Under-Told Stories Project and has served as a PBS NewsHour correspondent 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 focusing on the myriad issues 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.
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