Journalist to discuss the role of media in modern society

DeKALB – Journalist Ray Suarez will be the next guest in the NIU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ Rebuilding Democracy Lecture Series. The event will take place Tuesday at 7 p.m. on Zoom.

Tuesday’s discussion will feature CLAS Dean Robert Brinkmann and Suarez addressing the free press, the role the media plays in modern political trends and misinformation. Suarez will also talk about the new America, where the majority of its population can find ancestors in Africa, Asia and Latin America instead of just Europe. This free event requires registration in advance to attend.

Originally from Brooklyn, Suarez has worked across the country as a journalist and author. his early work included him as a reporter at WMAQ-TV in Chicago from 1986 to 1993. His other locations included Los Angeles, New York, London, and Washington DC.

After joining PBS in 1999, Suarez spent 14 years as chief national correspondent for “PBS Newshour”, according to his LinkedIn page. During his time, he covered several presidential debates and elections, a variety of national and international stories, and the September 11 attacks. He has also worked as a narrator and writer for documentaries including “Jerusalem: Center of the World”.

Now Suarez is the co-host of the “World Affairs” radio show, which is distributed by KQED-FM in San Francisco.

“The Democracy Rebuilding Lecture Series will show how the liberal arts and sciences are at the center of a healthy democracy,” according to the series website. Past guests have included Rep. Adam Kinzinger, Rep. Sean Kastin, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Eugene Robinson and Senator Tammy Duckworth.

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