Roberto Suro

Roberto SuroRoberto 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 suro@usc.edu or (213) 821-6263.