Jakob Lazzaro

Jakob LazzaroI’m an experienced audio and digital journalist. Currently, I’m a Diversity Intern at National Public Radio via the Emma Bowen Foundation — I write manage the Source of the Week blog and email newsletter, a public resource that helps journalists find diverse sources and get them on the air at NPR. In June 2020, I graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and a history double major.

Before NPR, I was on my full-time Medill 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. I was also formerly Audio Section Editor and a Managing Editor while also creating podcasts and reporting stories.

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.

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 TODAYThe Bend BulletinThe Frederick News-Post, and three times with UPI. And 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.

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