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Ray Suarez to Speak on Diversity in Journalism at SUNY Plattsburgh April 16

PLATTSBURGH, NY __ Ray Suarez, the senior correspondent for the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on the Public Broadcasting System, will lecture at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh on Monday, April 16, at 8 p.m. in the E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium, Hawkins Hall.

Ray Suarez Suarez will speak on "Diversity in Journalism" as part of the Presidents' Speaker Series. His lecture is free and open to the public. Suarez' speech is sponsored by the presidents of SUNY Plattsburgh, the Student Association and College Auxiliary Services, along with the American Democracy Project and Mountain Lake PBS

With an extensive background in journalism, Suarez has 30 years of varied experience in the news business. He joined the NewsHour in October 1999 as a Washington-based senior correspondent, which can be seen locally on Mountain Lake PBS.  Prior to that, he worked for Public Radio (NPR) where he served as host of the nationwide, call-in news program "Talk of the Nation" for six years. 

Suarez also served as a Los Angeles correspondent for CNN, a producer for the ABC Radio Network in New York, a reporter for CBS Radio in Rome and a reporter for various American and British News Services in London.  He currently hosts the monthly public radio foreign affairs series "America Abroad" for Public Radio International and is the narrator for "American Radio Works," the documentary unit of American Public Media.

He holds a bachelor's degree in African history from New York University and a master's degree in the social sciences from the University of Chicago.  He has been awarded honorary doctorates by many colleges and universities, most recently by Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania.  He is a winner of the Benton Fellowship in Broadcast Journalism at the University of Chicago. Suarez has been honored with a Distinguished Alumnus Award from NYU and a Professional Achievement Award from the University of Chicago.

A life member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Suarez was a founding member of the Chicago Association of Hispanic Journalists.  A native of Brooklyn, NY, he lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and three children, Suarez is the author of "The Holy Vote" and "The Old Neighborhood: What We Lost in the Great Suburban Migration."  He has also contributed to several other books including "Brooklyn: A State of Mind," "Local Heroes," "Saving America's Treasures," "Las Christmas," and "About Men." His writing has been published in "The New York Times," "The Washington Post," "The Chicago Tribune" and many other publications.

Following his presentations, Suarez will be available for book signing.
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