Ray's Open Road

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  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    United States 2008

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Washington, DC

RAY SUAREZ

Senior Correspondent
The Newshour With Jim Lehrer

“I made a life's choice-or a set of life's choices-based on what I thought I could be good at, what I could succeed at, and what I liked.”

INTERESTS:

Politics Television

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Choices Dedication Exploration Fulfillment Planning

FOUNDATION:

Communicating / Sharing Stories

TAGS:

journalism, news

BIOGRAPHY:

  • He decided that he wanted to be in the news business when he was in high school.
  • Thought that journalists were always "where the important things were happening," so he decided to set his sights on reporting.
  • His interests were politics and traveling, and he recognized that by doing news, he could combine those two things.
  • Says the problem with sticking with the dreams of your 19-year-old self is that they were formed with your limited 19-year-old knowledge.
  • Once you learn more about how the world works, you might shed some aspects of your original dream-and that's totally normal.
  • Says the best thing about his job is that he's always doing something new; he knows he couldn't do the same job year after year.
  • Tells road-trippers "don't become a slave to your plans; plans should only be written in erasable soft lead pencil, or in sand."
  • Says that when he started out, he looked down on television news, yet here he is, working on a public access news program that he loves.

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