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NewsHour Senior Correspondent Ray Suarez to deliver Diversity Conference keynote

September 17, 2010

Ray Suarez, senior correspondent for The NewsHour, will deliver the keynote address at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, in the Main Ballroom of the Lory Student Center. Suarez will discuss the conference theme, "What the Recession Revealed."

30 years of experience in the news business

Suarez joined The NewsHour in October 1999 as a Washington-based senior correspondent. He has more than 30 years of experience in the news business. Suarez came to The NewsHour from National Public Radio where he had been host of the nationwide, call-in news program, “Talk of the Nation,” since 1993. Prior to that, he spent seven years covering local, national and international stories for the NBC-owned station, WMAQ-TV in Chicago.

Since 2009, Suarez has covered the global health beat for The NewsHour, traveling the world to report on severe health threats and progress against some of the world’s most dangerous diseases. His stories have ranged from the possible effects of global climate change on the world’s poorest to the struggle to keep women from dying in childbirth.

Author and award-winning journalist

Suarez is author of a recent book that examines the tightening relationship between religion and politics in America, “The Holy Vote: The Politics of Faith in America.”

He was co-recipient of 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.

A Life Member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Suarez was a founding member of the Chicago Association of Hispanic Journalists.

About the Diversity Conference

In 2001, the very first Colorado State University Diversity Summit, "Undergraduate Student Retention and Diversity," was held for a select number of invited deans, department heads and directors. In 2002, the Summit opened its doors to the CSU and Fort Collins communities.

Over the years, conference themes have changed with the times to spark discussion about diversity. Specially selected presenters lead workshops or host panels to create a safe place for conference attendees to explore issues surrounding:

  • race
  • color
  • gender
  • disability
  • religion
  • national origin
  • economical standing
  • sexual orientation

For more information and a full schedule, visit or the Facebook page for the conference at

Contact: Kira Maixner
Phone: (970) 491-2297