Undergraduate Commencement Speaker
Ray Suarez, the senior correspondent for The NewsHour, who has spent more than a quarter century in journalism covering local, national, and international stories, will address UMass Dartmouth's 2008 undergraduate commencement exercises.
Mr. Suarez, also know for his work as host of NPR's Talk of the Nation, wrote the book The Old Neighborhood: What We Lost in the Great Suburban Migration (Free Press), and has contributed to several others, including Brooklyn (Workman, 2001), Saving America's Treasures (National Geographic, 2000), Las Christmas (Knopf, 1998), and About Men (Poseidon, 1986). His latest work is The Holy Vote: The Politics of Faith in America, an examination of the tightening relationship between religion and politics. His essays and criticism have been published in The News York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, among other publications.
Mr. Suarez shared in NPR's 1993-94 and 1994-95 duPont-Columbia Silver Baton Awards for on-site coverage of the first all-race elections in South Africa and the first 100 days of the 104th Congress, respectively. He has been honored with the 1996 Ruben Salazar Award from the National Council of La Raza, Current History Magazine's 1995 Global Awareness Award, and a Chicago Emmy Award.
A life member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Mr. Suarez was a founding member of the Chicago Association of Hispanic Journalists. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he lives in Washington, DC with his wife and three children.
Mr. 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.