Jakob Lazzaro

Jakob LazzaroI’m an experienced audio and digital journalist currently looking for full-time work in public radio or podcasting. In June 2020, I graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and a history double major.

Most recently, I was an Emma Bowen Foundation intern at National Public Radio. There, I wrote and managed 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 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.

Before NPR, 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. 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 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.

I’ve also covered national politics for Medill News Service and local arts and culture for the Charleston City Paper.

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 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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