Date: September 16, 2004
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Pierce Presents kicks off new season with TV journalist Ray Suarez Oct. 7
Pierce College Puyallup will launch its 2004-2005 artists and speakers series, Pierce Presents, on Thursday, Oct. 7, with Media, Politics and Washington: An Evening with Ray Suarez. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. in L244 (lecture hall). Admission is $15 general/$10 Pierce students. The series is sponsored by Pierce Student Programs, The News Tribune and KPLU 88.5 FM.
With more than 25 years of experience in journalism, Ray Suarez, one of the most respected news anchors in Washington, D.C., today, continues to make major contributions to the public understanding of the most important stories of our times.
Currently Senior Correspondent for the PBS program The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Suarez previously hosted National Public Radio’s nationwide call-in news program “Talk of the Nation.” He is the author of the recent book “The Old Neighborhood: What We Lost in the Great Suburban Migration,” and has been honored with a number of prestigious awards including the 1996 Ruben Salazar Award from the National Council of La Raza, Current History Magazine’s 1995 Global Awareness Award, and a Chicago Emmy Award.
One of America’s most experienced political journalists, Suarez helps audiences understand the stories behind the headlines. In his Pierce Presents presentation, he will discuss Washington politics and the role that the media play in influencing policy. Suarez thinks that the media are the tool by which people can best voice their opinions about those who govern. Yet, he says, the media spend more time with the talking heads in Washington than they do getting feedback from the people. He points out that the Washington news media were once an investigative tool for the people and offered the best way to learn the truth behind what goes on in Washington. Now, he asserts, the media are most aptly used by politicians to promote their own agendas.
Suarez, a longtime member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, holds a bachelor’s in African history from New York University and a master’s in social sciences from the University of Chicago, where he studied urban affairs.
Upcoming events in the Pierce Presents series include:
Getting Through the Tough Years with Loveline’s Dr. Drew
7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, 2005
Admission: $15 general/$7 Pierce students
L244 (Lecture Hall)
Naked in Baghdad: The Iraq War as seen by NPR Correspondent Anne Garrels
7 p.m. Thursday, March 3, 2005
Admission: $20 general/$10 Pierce students
“MiddleSex” with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jeffrey Eugenides
7 p.m. Thursday, April 7, 2005
Admission: $15 general/$10 Pierce students
General Information: For tickets or information visit the ticket office in Room A120 at Pierce College Puyallup; call (253) 840-8416 or contact any Ticketmaster location. Tickets purchased through the college will not include a service fee.
General seating only. No refunds or exchanges. Seating is limited, and early purchase is recommended.