Public Radio Veteran Ray Suarez Named Host for American RadioWorks, American Public Media’s Documentary Unit

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Public Radio Veteran Ray Suarez Named Host for American RadioWorks, American Public Media’s Documentary Unit

(St. Paul, Minn.) December 13. 2005 — Veteran broadcaster Ray Suarez has been named host of American RadioWorks, public radio’s largest documentary production team. Suarez, who has 25 years of broadcast news experience, begins work in January with the American RadioWorks documentary "Intelligent Designs on Evolution." Suarez is also a senior correspondent for public television’s Newshour with Jim Lehrer.

"Ray Suarez is one of the nation’s most talented hosts working in broadcast journalism today." said Bill Buzenberg, American Public Media senior vice president for news. "American RadioWorks is enormously pleased to add the power of Ray’s journalistic voice to public radioís premier documentary production center. Itís an opportunity for further growth and increased significance for documentaries on public radio nationwide. Public radio stations and audiences will be pleased to have Ray contributing at such an important level."

For many years, Suarez was host of National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation. His journalism career has included assignments in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, London and Rome. He is the author of The Old Neighborhood — What we Lost in the Great Suburban Migration: 1966-1999 (1999).

American RadioWorks (ARW) is the documentary unit of American Public Media. Based in St. Paul, Minnesota, ARW has staff journalists in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Los Angeles and Durham, N.C. The hour-long documentaries produced by American RadioWorks are distributed by American Public Media to public radio stations across the country. American RadioWorks also produces investigative reports and in-depth projects for international newsmagazines, including Marketplace, All Things Considered, Morning Edition, The World and BBC radio.