Arcadia University Announces Fred de Sam Lazaro as Undergraduate Commencement Speaker

GLENSIDE, Pa.─Thursday, March 29, 2012─Arcadia University President Carl (Tobey) Oxholm III announced that Fred de Sam Lazaro, a PBS NewHour Correspondent who has traveled to 51 countries in search of the under-told story, will receive an Honorary Doctorate and give the Undergraduate Commencement Address at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 18.

De Sam Lazaro also is director of the Under-Told Stories Project at St. Mary's University in Minnesota, a program that combines international journalism and teaching. He has served with the NewsHour since 1985 and is a regular contributor and substitute anchor for PBS' Religion and Ethics Newsweekly.

He also has directed films from India and the Democratic Republic of Congo for the acclaimed documentary series, Wide Angle. Reporting in 51 countries—from Haiti to sub-Saharan Africa to south Asia—he has focused on stories that are under-reported in the mainstream U.S. media, including issues in global health, food security and development. An emphasis on social entrepreneurship helps bring a solutions-oriented narrative to this reporting, with the goal of making the foreign less foreign to the American audience. In 2004, he led the first American crew to report on the crisis in Sudan's Darfur region.

De Sam Lazaro is a Senior Distinguished Fellow at the Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. He received numerous journalism awards and media fellowships from the Kaiser Family Foundation and the University of Michigan. He is a trustee at the College of St Scholastica, in Duluth, Minn., his alma mater and serves on the board of Minnpost.com, a leading on-line journalism enterprise.

Contact: Lori Bauer, Arcadia University, 215-847-1819 (cell), bauerl@arcadia.edu

About Arcadia University: Arcadia University is a top-ranked private university in metropolitan Philadelphia and a national leader in study abroad and international education. The 2011 Open Doors report ranks Arcadia University a top leader in the nation in undergraduate study abroad. U.S. News & World Report ranks Arcadia University among the top regional universities in the North and as one of the top study abroad programs. U.S. News also ranks Arcadia’s Physical Therapy program among the top 15 in the nation. Arcadia University promises a distinctively global, integrative and personal learning experience that prepares students to contribute and prosper in a diverse and dynamic world. (www.arcadia.edu)

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