Former PBS NewsHour national correspondent Ray Suarez has joined Al Jazeera America as host of its daily program Inside Story, the network made official this morning. Suarez’s first day is Monday, November 11. Suarez tweeted in October that he was leaving PBS after 14 years — most recently as NewsHour’s chief national correspondent, then told Fox News Latino he felt like he did not have “much of a future with the broadcast” because his contributions to the program had been minimized over the past couple years. Al Jazeera describes Inside Story as a program that “provides analysis, background and context on the top stories of the day” with a panel of guests debating domestic and international topics. “Ray’s extensive television and radio experience will be an incredible asset to Al Jazeera America and Inside Story’s viewers,” Al Jazeera America President Kate O’Brian said in the announcement.
Suarez hosted National Public Radio’s Talk Of The Nation for six years before joining PBS. Suarez began his career as a Los Angeles correspondent for CNN, a producer for the ABC Radio Network in New York and a reporter for CBS Radio in Rome.