Roberto Suro

Faculty Fellow

Roberto Suro

Roberto Suro is a veteran print journalist with extensive experience in foreign, domestic and Washington coverage as a senior staffer for The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Prior to joining the School of Journalism faculty in August 2007, he was director of the Pew Hispanic Center, a research organization in Washington D.C. that he founded in 2001 as a project of the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. At the center, Suro supervised the production of more than 100 publications that offered non-partisan statistical analysis and public opinion surveys chronicling the rapid growth of the Latino population and its implications for the nation as a whole.

Suro's journalistic career began in 1974 at the City News Bureau of Chicago as a police reporter, and after tours at The Chicago Sun Times and The Chicago Tribune he joined TIME Magazine, where he worked as a correspondent in the Chicago, Washington, Beirut and Rome bureaus. In 1985 he started at The New York Times with postings as bureau chief in Rome and Houston. After a year as an Alicia Patterson Fellow, Suro was hired at The Washington Post as a staff writer on the national desk, eventually covering a variety of beats including the Justice Department and the Pentagon and serving as deputy national editor.

Coverage of Latinos and, more broadly, immigration to the United States has been a continuous theme throughout Suro' s career. He is author of Strangers Among Us: Latino Lives in a Changing America (Vintage, 1999), as well as numerous reports, articles and other publications on these subjects. He continues to conduct research and write on the Hispanic population through grant-funded projects and as a non-resident senior fellow of the Brookings Institution.

Contact Suro at or (213) 821-6263.

Roberto Suro In the News

The Guardian quotes faculty fellow Roberto Suro: "The most potent imagery in immigration politics has been when things are out of control," said Suro, now a journalism professor at the University of Southern California. "Those three words often spell a turn toward restriction, regardless of what the actual circumstance is."

Faculty Fellow Roberto Suro was featured in an article on the Maynard Institute website. Speaking with USC's Dowell Myers, Suro said a battle between the federal government and the states over who would lead in enforcing immigration laws in the workplace had "finally been settled" by courts in favor of the states. The conversation in which Suro was taking part was about forging a new social contract between the aging Baby Boomer generation and immigrants to the US.

Roberto Suro, CCLP Faculty Fellow, was cited in a blog post on the website for the Houston Chronicle. The article, entitled "Expanded resources enrich Hispanic Catholic worship", examines the religious practices and habits of the second-generation of Hispanic Catholic parishioners.

Roberto Suro, professor and faculty fellow, will be a featured speaker at the Hispanicize 2011 conference, according to the Digital Journal. Mom Bloggers Club founder Jennifer James began the conference to highlight latinos making a difference in America, and includes actors, bloggers, and journalists on the panels.

"If having a baby was a significant driving factor in illegal immigration," said Faculty Fellow Roberto Suro, "you would expect to see a higher percentage of women of child-bearing age in the U.S. illegally compared to men of the same age." "In fact, just the opposite is the case." Suro is an outspoken defender of immigration to the US, and was quoted in Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR).

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