Jakob Lazzaro

Jakob LazzaroI’m a senior at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and currently hiding from the plague at my parents’ house. I just finished up my full-time Journalism Residency as an Editorial Intern at CalMatters — a nonprofit newsroom based in Sacramento focused on explaining how California’s state government affects the lives of ordinary people. While there, I reported two digital features — one on allowing vacancy fines for corporate-owned homes and the other on giving California kids free public transit to combat climate change. I also produced Gimme Shelter, the in-house (hah) housing podcast — highlights there included getting fired by Arnold Schwarzenegger and having my own theme music.

On campus, I was most recently the Executive Editor (second-in-command) of North by Northwestern and thus spent a lot of time editing and publishing stories in the newsroom as well as running our staff legislative forum. At NBN, I was also formerly Audio Section Editor and a Managing Editor and created podcasts and reported stories the whole time.

In summer 2018, I worked in Pittsburgh as a Newsroom Intern at 90.5 WESA – the city’s NPR news station. As a general assignment reporter, I covered a little bit of everything from perceived yet untrue grocery store monopolies and self-healing electrical circuits to a look at Pittsburgh’s air quality and anthrocon – the world’s largest “furry” convention.

In winter 2018, I covered national politics while based in Washington, D.C. as a reporter at Medill News Service – my work there was also published in USA TODAY, The Bend Bulletin, The Frederick News-Post, and three times with UPI. During summer 2017, I wrote about arts and culture as an Editorial Intern at the Charleston City Paper.

Audio journalism is my passion, but I also love reporting on transportation, infrastructure, politics, arts, culture and urban life. Outside of journalism, I’m a fan of travelling, food, aviation, music and cats. Cats are just the best. 

Born in Stockholm, Sweden, I grew up mostly in Charleston, South Carolina with a few years spent in Sydney, Australia. Currently, I live in Evanston and love the Chicago area.

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