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

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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 with Jim Lehrer.


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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 Advisors

William F. Baker, Advisor

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.


Charles Eisendrath, Advisor

Director of the Knight Wallace Fellows at the University of Michigan and former bureau chief for Time magazine.


Elizabeth Farnsworth, Advisor

Special Correspondent, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, with an extensive record of reporting from Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.


Bill Kovach, Advisor

Former Chair, Committee of Concerned Journalists, former curator of the Nieman Foundation at Harvard and former Washington bureau chief of the New York Times.


Jim Russell, Advisor

Consultant, journalist and creator of numerous award‐winning programs, including the public radio staple Marketplace.


Brenda Wilson, Advisor

Radio journalist who specializes in health reporting and is a trusted voice in the global health community.


Lindsay McCabe, Advisor

Executive Director, Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, develops a variety of programming on ethical leadership for the university and community.