Ray Suarez

John J. McCloy Visiting Professor, American Studies,
Amherst College

Ray Suarez is the John J. McCloy Visiting Professor of American Studies at Amherst College. He came to the school following a 40-year career in print, radio, and television news.

Suarez was most recently the host of the daily news program Inside Story on Al Jazeera America. Before that he was Chief National Correspondent for the PBS NewsHour. He came to PBS from NPR, where he was the host of Talk of the Nation.

He has contributed to writing many books, and is the author of three, most recently “Latino Americans: The 500-Year Legacy That Shaped a Nation”. He is the author of the chapter on religion and politics in “The Handbook of American Politics” from Oxford University Press.

Suarez’ journalism has been recognized with two DuPont-Columbia Silver Batons, the National Council of La Raza’s Ruben Salazar Award, and UCLA’s Public Policy Leadership Award for his reporting on urban America. He holds a BA in African History from New York University, an MA in the Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, and 14 honorary degrees from colleges and universities across America.