WAMC Speakers Corner
8:44 am
Wed December 12, 2007

Dowmel Panel Discussion 12/10/07 : "Immigration in America Today"

Great Barrington, MA – Ray Suarez, NPR Senior correspondent joined forces with respected journalist, Jim Lehrer, on The NewsHour in 1999. Former host of NPR's "Talk of the Nation," Suarez continues to bring his insights and 30 years of experience to the news business, where he delves into today's intersection of religion and politics. Suarez's writing has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, and many other publications. Suarez holds a B.A. in African History from New York University and an M.A. in the Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. A life member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, he lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and three children.

Bay Buchanan, political commentator for CNN and veteran of six presidential campaigns, can be seen every week on CNN's Inside Politics debating Donna Brazile. She began her political career as the national treasurer of Ronald Reagan's presidential campaigns in 1980 and 1984, when Reagan appointed her to be Treasurer of the United States. Bay Buchanan served as her brother's (Pat Buchanan) campaign chairman for presidential campaigns in 1992 and 1996. During the 1996 presidential primary season, she emerged as a national figure steadfastly championing the right to life of the unborn child. As a result of her impact in the political arena, George magazine recognized her as "one of the top 20 political women in the nation."

Sonia Nazario, author of Enrique's Journey, tells the story of a Honduran boy's dangerous odyssey to reunite with his mother in the United States who left Honduras in the hope of providing her children an escape from the grinding poverty and a chance to attend school beyond the sixth grade. During his journey, Enrique clings to the sides and tops of freight trains, with little more than a slip of paper bearing his mother's telephone number. The book puts a human face on the ongoing debate about immigration reform in the U.S. Sonia Nazario's publications have won numerous national awards. "She has illuminated the modern immigrant experience and has given a voice to these migrant children." The New York Times Book Review. Nazario grew up in Kansas and Argentina. She is a graduate of Williams College and has a master's degree in Latin American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband.

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