Jakob Lazzaro

Jakob LazzaroI’m a senior at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and currently on 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. I’m covering housing and transportation policy, working on audio feature stories and assisting with Gimme Shelter, the in-house (hah) housing podcast. 

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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