Former NPR Host Ray Suarez Named Anchor for America Abroad Media's Foreign Affairs Public Radio Program

Suarez Joins Correspondents Marvin Kalb, Steve Roberts, Garrick Utley

and Margaret Warner at America Abroad Media to Provide In-Depth

Analysis and Coverage of U.S. Foreign Policy

Oct 24, 2005, 01:00 ET from America Abroad Media

    WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Former NPR host and veteran Washington
 journalist Ray Suarez has been named anchor of America Abroad, a leading
 foreign affairs public radio program, it was announced today by America Abroad
 Media's founder and president Aaron Lobel.  Suarez will provide public radio
 listeners in the United States and abroad with in-depth, one-hour
 international affairs programming that focuses on the key issues facing the
 United States and the world.  America Abroad is distributed in the U.S. by
 Public Radio International (PRI) and internationally by National Public Radio
     "America Abroad is a great program for public radio because it helps
 elevate the public discussion by providing unique depth and thoughtfulness
 about provocative issues in America's foreign policy and international
 affairs," says Suarez.  "The program will help listeners become better
 informed about the most important issues facing America in its engagement with
 the world."
     Suarez has more than 25 years of experience in the news business.  Since
 1999, he has been a senior correspondent for PBS' "The NewsHour," responsible
 for conducting newsmaker interviews, studio discussion and debates, reporting
 from the field and serving as a backup anchor.  Prior to joining "The
 NewsHour," Suarez spent six years as host of NPR's "Talk of the Nation."  He
 has also worked at CNN, ABC Radio Network, CBS Radio, WMAQ-TV/Chicago, and
 various American and British news services.
     "Ray Suarez is a great journalist who always brings to the table an in-
 depth knowledge of the issues at hand, the curiosity to learn more, and a real
 public radio sensibility," said Aaron Lobel, President of America Abroad
 Media.  "He has tremendous credibility among public radio listeners and we are
 delighted to welcome him to America Abroad."
     Suarez's work in journalism has won numerous awards including the 1996
 Ruben Salazar Award, Current History Magazine's 1995 Global Awareness Award,
 and a Chicago Emmy Award.  He also 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 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.
     As anchor of America Abroad, Suarez will host the upcoming program
 Evangelicals and the New Global Mission, which will address the increasing
 involvement of America's evangelicals on global human rights issues such as
 religious freedom, human trafficking and aid for Africa, and the influence of
 evangelicals on the Bush Administration's foreign policy.  The program will
 begin airing on public radio stations nationwide on October 25th (check local
 listings at  Other recent America Abroad
 radio programs include: Running on Empty: America's Energy Security; The
 Neoconservatives and America's Foreign Policy; Battling for Hearts and Minds:
 America's Public Diplomacy; The U.S. and China: Bush's Next Test; Pakistan:
 America's Unstable Ally; Intelligence Failure: From Pearl Harbor to 9/11 and
 Iraq; and Globalization and the World's Poor.
     Funding for America Abroad Media is provided by the Ford Foundation, the
 Smith Richardson Foundation, Carnegie Corporation, The Economist, the Draper
 Richards Foundation, The Starr Foundation, the United States Institute of
 Peace, and the Arthur B. Schultz Foundation, as well as private sources.
     America Abroad Media is a non-partisan, independent media organization
 dedicated to informing and educating the American people about international
 affairs and facilitating cross-cultural discussion about international issues
 and America's role in the world.  Founded in 2001, America Abroad Media
 productions include: America Abroad, an international affairs public radio
 program distributed in the United States by Public Radio International (PRI)
 and internationally by National Public Radio (NPR) Worldwide; AAM Television
 which brings together students from America and around the world with senior
 policymakers and experts to discuss important issues in international affairs;
 and AAM YouthSPAN, a global videoconferencing project that facilitates
 thoughtful discussion and direct interaction between U.S. students and their
 counterparts around the world.
     More information about America Abroad Media can be found at

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