Tuesday, October 7, 2008,
Brown Activities Center,
(Frazier Hall) at Bellarmine University
With more than twenty-five years of varied experience in journalism, Ray Suarez, one of the most respected news anchors in Washington today, continues to make major contributions to the public understanding of the stories shaping America today. Suarez is the Senior Correspondent for PBS's NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and was previously host of NPR's nationwide call-in news show Talk of the Nation.
On top of his work on the public airwaves, Suarez has taken to chronicling the American condition on the page. His much talked-about new book, The Holy Vote: The Politics of Faith in America, takes an in-depth look at the intersection of politics and religion in this country, while also examining the increasing polarization between Red and Blue States—and how this difference is profoundly changing the landscape of America.
Suarez's previous book, The Old Neighborhood: What We Lost in the Great Suburban Migration, has been honored with a number of awards, including the prestigious Ruben Salazar Award from the National Council of La Raza, the Global Awareness Award from Current History Magazine, and a Chicago Emmy Award.
In his presentations, Suarez explores the major news stories of the day, helping audiences to understand the issues behind the headlines, and to make sense of the torrent of information we are flooded with on a daily basis. A longtime member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, he is also a founding member of the Chicago Association of Hispanic Journalists.
Suarez holds a B.A. in African History from New York University and an M.A. in the Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, where he studied urban affairs. He was awarded honorary doctorates by Westminster College (Utah), and St. John's University (Minn.) and Manhattan Marymount College (N.Y.) in 2003. He's also been honored with an Alumni Achievement Award from NYU and a Professional Achievement Award from the University of Chicago.