Ray Suarez

Rafael Suarez, Jr. (born March 5, 1957), known as Ray Suarez, is an American broadcast journalist and the current John J. McCloy Visiting Professor of American Studies at Amherst College. Most recently, Suarez was the host of Inside Story on Al Jazeera America Story, a daily news program on Al Jazeera America, until that network ceased operation in 2016. 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. He is currently co-host of the radio program WorldAffairs on KQED.

Ray Suarez
Suarez in 2007
Rafael Suarez, Jr.

(1957-03-05) March 5, 1957
EducationBA, New York University
MA, University of Chicago
OccupationJournalist, Anchor
Notable credit(s)
PBS NewsHour, Talk of the Nation, American RadioWorks, Inside Story
Spouse(s)Carole Suarez
ChildrenRafael, Eva and Isabel

Personal life

Born and raised in Brooklyn by Puerto Rican parents,[1][2] 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.[3][4] He earned a BA in African History from New York University and an MA in the Social Sciences from the University of Chicago.[5] 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.[6][7]

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,[8] a social commentary on the causes of the destitution found in the inner city. In 2006 he authored The Holy Vote: The Politics of Faith in America,[9] 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.


  • Named as a 1996 Utne Reader "Visionaries"
  • Named as Hispanic Business "100 Influentials" among American Latinos
  • 1995 Global Awareness Award by Current History Magazine[5]
  • 1996 Studs Terkel Award, Community Media Workshop
  • 1993-94 duPont-Columbia Silver Baton Awards (part of NPR's award for on-site coverage of the first all-race elections in South Africa)
  • 1994-95 duPont-Columbia Silver Baton Awards (part of NPR's award for coverage of the first 100 days of the 104th Congress)
  • 1996 Rubén Salazar Award from the National Council of La Raza
  • 2005 Distinguished Policy Leadership Award from UCLA's School of Public Policy
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award from NYU
  • Professional Achievement Award from the University of Chicago
  • 2009 - Distinguished Eagle Scout[10]
  • 2010-Hall of Fame, National Association of Hispanic Journalists
  • 2012- Bridge-Builder Award, Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding
  • 2013 Schwartz Visiting Fellow, Pomfret School, Pomfret CT.
  • Honorary doctorates

See also


  1. Ray Suarez Biography Archived 2013-01-21 at Archive.today
  2. "Distinguished Eagle Scouts" (PDF). Scouting.org. Retrieved 2010-11-04.
  3. "Regional Scout Council honors Hispanic leaders, George Washington University". Ibarra Strategy Group, Inc. 2009-12-09. Archived from the original on 2010-11-22. Retrieved July 1, 2010.
  4. Connecticut Forum. "Ray Suarez". Biography. Archived from the original on January 1, 2009. Retrieved July 1, 2010.
  5. Wolfe, Alan (September 17, 2006). "One Nation Under God". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 22, 2010.
  6. "Puryevor of truth," San Antonio Express-News, April 16, 2017, p. F2.
  7. https://www.amazon.com/dp/0684834022 The Old Neighborhood: What We Lost in the Great Suburban Migration: 1966-1999
  8. https://www.amazon.com/dp/0060829974 The Holy Vote: The Politics of Faith in America
  9. received during National Capital Area Council, Boy Scouts of America's Hispanic Leadership Awards on December 9, 2009
  10. "Journalist Ray Suarez Will Deliver K's 2014 Commencement Address, Receive Honorary Degree". kzoo.edu. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
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