Jakob Lazzaro

Jakob LazzaroI’m an experienced audio and digital journalist currently working as a Reporter and Assignment Editor at 88.1 WVPE. I report daily news stories and audio features about South Bend, Elkhart and the rest of Michiana and work in collaboration with fellow reporters to structure and plan news coverage. I also serve as a fill-in host for Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

Before joining WVPE, I was at National Public Radio writing and managing the Diverse Sources Database and the Source of the Week email newsletter, a public resource that helps journalists find diverse sources and get them on the air at NPR and NPR member stations. Looking for experts of color on newsworthy topics? Make your reporting better by browsing through the database and subscribing to the weekly newsletter.

In June 2020, I graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and a history double major.

And in early 2020, I was on my full-time Medill Journalism Residency as an Editorial Intern at CalMatters, a nonprofit newsroom based in Sacramento that covers how California’s state government affects the lives of ordinary people. 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 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 also created podcasts and reported stories and served as a Managing Editor and the Audio Section Editor.

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 Pittsburgh’s air quality and anthrocon — the world’s largest “furry” convention.

Audio journalism is my passion, but I am an extremely curious person and also love working with digital media and reporting on transportation, infrastructure, housing, technology, culture and urban life. Outside of journalism, I’m a fan of travelling, food, aviation, music, museums 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.

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