Under-Told Stories Project

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About The Project

The Under-Told Stories Project is a collaborative project involving international journalism and teaching. We produce high-quality, multimedia reporting for public and commercial news outlets and engage students from the University of St. Thomas in courses, internships and mentoring opportunities providing a forum for the critical reflection on the world’s under-reported news stories, and hands-on skills in media production.

Our Team

Studio portrait of Fred de Sam Lazaro, director of the Under-Told Stories Project, taken November 7, 2017 in St. Paul.

Fred de Sam Lazaro, Correspondent

Fred de Sam Lazaro is executive director of the Under-Told Stories Project at the University of St. Thomas and a correspondent for PBS NewsHour.

 


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Tom Adair, Videographer

Tom Adair has shot news documentaries, feature films, commercials and all sorts of web content on every continent.

 


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Rakesh Nagar, Videographer

Rakesh Nagar shoots many of the stories that Under-Told Stories produces in India.

 


Our Advisers

William F. Baker

Baker is an executive in residence at Columbia University School of Business, journalist in residence at Fordham University and president emeritus of WNET, the public television station in New York City. Over the four decades of his career, Baker has also been a broadcaster, author, sought-after public speaker, academic and explorer.


Gail Chang Bohr

Chang Bohr retired after serving as a judge on the Ramsey County District Court. She is an international consultant with the National Center for State Courts. Prior to her election to the bench, Chang Bohr was the executive director of the Children’s Law Center of Minnesota, which assists children in the foster care system.


Dave Durenberger

Durenberger served three terms in the U.S. Senate from Minnesota. Since leaving office in 1995, Durenberger served on various national health commissions and boards, including the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. Well known for expertise on health care issues, he founded the National Institute of Health Policy at the University of St. Thomas.


Charles Eisendrath

Eisendrath, retired now, served as the director of the Knight Wallace Fellows at the University of Michigan, transforming it into one of the journalism’s most prestigious fellowship programs. He was also a former bureau chief for Time Magazine and founded the Livingston Awards, a general reporting prize for young journalists.


Amy Finnegan

Finnegan is the Justice and Peace Studies department chair at the University of St. Thomas. She is also the co-director of SocMed, a non-profit advocating for and implementing global health education through immersion courses in northern Uganda and Haiti.


Camille George

George is the associate dean of engineering at the University of St. Thomas. Her work is focused on sustainable engineering, thermodynamics, engineering ethics, plasma science, fuel cells, experiential learning and peace engineering. George also leads international service learning trips and has brought students to Haiti and West Africa for experience in design implementation.


Linda Hoeschler

Hoeschler is a retired business executive and a past president of Delegation for Friendship Among Women, a non-political organization that nurtures friendship between women from the U.S. and other countries. Hoeschler is also a former director of the American Composers Forum.


Rachael Jarosh

Jarosh is president and chief executive officer of Enactus, a global community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using entrepreneurial action to shape a better, more sustainable world. Earlier, Ms. Jarosh served as president of the Foundation at Pentair plc (NYSE: PNR) after beginning her career as an attorney. She is also a writer whose work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post and the Minneapolis Star Tribune.


Adam Kay

Kay is an associate professor of biology at the University of St. Thomas. He focuses teaching on stewardship science and combining environmental science research with community service, specifically involving urban agriculture research. Kay is also St. Thomas’ director of social innovation through ASHOKA and co-founder of BrightSide Produce, a sustainable business for delivering fresh produce to urban corner stores.


Bill Kovach

Kovach is widely regarded as one of American journalism’s most preeminent thinkers. He is the former curator of the Nieman Foundation at Harvard, a stint that followed his leadership of the Atlanta Journal and Constitution. Early in his career he joined and then led the Washington bureau of The New York Times.


Joel Kramer

Kramer co-founded MinnPost and is the former editor, publisher and president of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Under his leadership the paper won two Pulitzer Prizes. He also ran Growth & Justice, a research and advocacy organization committed to innovative public policy ideas.


Lindsay McCabe

McCabe is the retired executive director for the Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. He developed a variety of programs designed to groom leadership for the university and broader community. Under his direction the Hendrickson Medal has been awarded to top Minnesota business leaders.


Jim Russell

Russell is a consultant, journalist, producer and creator of numerous award‐winning programs including the public radio staple Marketplace. He also helped develop National Public Radio’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered and Public Radio International’s The World.


Stephen Usery

Usery is a former vice president of oneworld Management Company, an airline alliance and service provider. A veteran of the airline industry, he is also a former marketer and strategist at Twin Cities Public Television. He is deeply committed to helping local non-profits and serves on the boards of MinnPost and the American Composers Forum.


Kathryn Vizas

A former cooperate attorney, Kathy is an advocate dedicated to global development efforts to improve the lives of girls and women worldwide.  She is also a founding member of Maverick Collective, an advocacy initiative aimed at supporting social investors working to improve women’s health and rights worldwide.


Brenda Wilson

Wilson is a former National Public Radio correspondent specializing in health reporting and is a trusted voice in the global health community. She produced a number of award-winning stories and contributed to the landmark series, AIDS in Black America: Breaking the Silence.