Fred de Sam Lazaro/ photo by Jim Gehrz

Fred de Sam Lazaro, one of the most prominent international journalists based in the Twin Cities, spends much of his year criss-crossing the country, shepherding documentaries for PBS. Your best bet in finding him at home will soon be stopping by the University of St. Thomas, where de Sam Lazaro will join the staff at the start of next year, along with his longtime PBS producer Nikki See.

De Sam Lazaro, who founded Under-Told Stories Project, an enterprise that combines teaching with international journalism focusing on social entrepreneurship, will invite students to help him in reporting on nearly two dozen stories. The Project was previously based at St. John's University in Collegeville and later St. Mary's University. It is funded by PBS through grants and donations.

"Fred has an incredibly keen eye for identifying important stories throughout the world and then telling them in a way that inspires and empowers people to develop solutions that improve the human condition and create more sustainable and just communities," said St.Thomas president Julie Sullivan.