Ray Suarez

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Ray Suarez
Ray Suarez.jpg
Suarez in 2007
Born Rafael Suarez, Jr.
(1957-03-05) March 5, 1957 (age 61)
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Ethnicity Puerto Rican
Education BA, New York University
MA, University of Chicago
Occupation Journalist, Anchor
Notable credit(s) PBS NewsHour, Talk of the Nation, American RadioWorks, Inside Story
Spouse(s) Carole Suarez
Children Rafael, Eva and Isabel

Rafael Suarez, Jr. (born March 5, 1957), known as Ray Suarez, is an American broadcast journalist and host of Inside Story on Al Jazeera America. Suarez joined the PBS NewsHour in 1999 and was a senior correspondent for the evening news program on the PBS television network until 2013. He is also host of the international news and analysis public radio program America Abroad from Public Radio International. He was the host of the National Public Radio program Talk of the Nation from 1993-1999. In his more than 30-year career in the news business, he has also worked as a radio reporter in London and Rome, as a Los Angeles correspondent for CNN, and as a reporter for the NBC-owned station WMAQ-TV in Chicago.

Personal life

Born and raised in Brooklyn,[1] Suarez attended public schools in the borough from kindergarten through 12th grade, graduating in 1974 from John Dewey High School. In 1975, he earned the rank of Eagle Scout in the Brooklyn Council. In 2009, Suarez was awarded the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award by the NCAC.[2][3] He earned a BA in African History from New York University and an MA in the Social Sciences from the University of Chicago.[4] He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and three children, Rafael, Eva, and Isabel. Suarez is active locally and nationally in the Episcopal Church.[5]

Career and publications

Suarez is the author of three books. The most recent is Latino Americans: The 500 Year Legacy That Shaped a Nation published by Penguin/Celebra in 2013. He is also the author of the 1999 book The Old Neighborhood: What We Lost in the Great Suburban Migration: 1966-1999,[6] a social commentary on the causes of the destitution found in the inner city. In 2006 he authored the The Holy Vote: The Politics of Faith in America,[7] which examines the way Americans worship, how organized religion and politics intersect in America, and how this powerful collision is transforming the current and future American mind-set. The book is beginning to gather accolades for its timeliness and fair coverage from many sides of the issue. Suarez was a contributing editor for Si Magazine, a short-lived magazine depicting the Latino experience in the U.S.

Suarez hosted the program Destination Casa Blanca, produced by HITN TV from 2008-2011. The program covered Latino politics and policy for a national audience from Washington, D.C.

He is a contributor to the Oxford Companion to American Politics (June 2012), and wrote the companion volume to a PBS documentary series on the history of Latinos in America, Latino Americans: The 500-Year History That Shaped a Nation published by Penguin in 2013.

Suarez has contributed to many other books, including ''How I Learned English, Brooklyn: A State of Mind, Saving America's Treasures, and About Men. His columns, op-eds, and criticism have been published in The New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Chicago Tribune.

He co-wrote and hosted the 2009 documentary for PBS Jerusalem: Center of the World, and narrated for PBS Anatomy of a Pandemic, on the H1N1 outbreak.


Suarez receiving his Distinguished Eagle Scout Award

See also


  1. Ray Suarez Biography
  2. "Distinguished Eagle Scouts" (PDF). Scouting.org. Retrieved 2010-11-04.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Regional Scout Council honors Hispanic leaders, George Washington University". Ibarra Strategy Group, Inc. 2009-12-09. Archived from the original on 2010-01-12. Retrieved July 1, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 Connecticut Forum. "Ray Suarez". Biography. Retrieved July 1, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "ctforum" defined multiple times with different content
  5. Wolfe, Alan (September 17, 2006). "One Nation Under God". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 22, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. http://www.amazon.com/dp/0684834022 The Old Neighborhood: What We Lost in the Great Suburban Migration: 1966-1999
  7. http://www.amazon.com/dp/0060829974 The Holy Vote: The Politics of Faith in America
  8. received during National Capital Area Council, Boy Scouts of America's Hispanic Leadership Awards on December 9, 2009
  9. "Journalist Ray Suarez Will Deliver K's 2014 Commencement Address, Receive Honorary Degree". kzoo.edu. Retrieved 26 March 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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