Oliver Lazarus is an associate producer for The Takeaway. He comes to New York by way of St. Louis, where he graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, not to be confused with his hometown of Washington, DC. He began at the show as an intern, and his transition to full-time marked the end of a multi-year career of college internships in journalism, politics, and international affairs. At The Takeaway, Oliver produces stories and series on everything from Southern sounds, to the U.S. bail system, to smart cities.
Howard Dean believes that the future of the Democratic Party lies in turning out more millennial voters.
A Saudi rapper's interview with The Takeaway led journalists to uncover a soft power campaign.
In January 2015, Malcolm Bird took his 1-year-old daughter, Collette, to an emergency room after she started bleeding heavily from a cut on her finger. The doctor cleaned up the cut, put a Band-Aid on it, and sent them home.
Last year, the federal immigration enforcement agency spent more than $3 billion dealing with immigrants facing deportation. But that figure doesn’t tell the whole story.
Today, the practice of apprehending immigrants and holding them in custody has created a shadow prison system, complete with hundreds of federal and private facilities throughout the country.