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La Plaza
Conversations with Ilan Stavans: Roberto Suro
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Premiered January 10, 1979- Officially La Plaza as a separate series title ended after season 28 (2006). It was replaced by the interview series: Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One which premiered in 2007.

Producer Raquel Ortiz anticipates that the bilingual series will serve as a plaza for the entire local Latino community. Ortiz also served as the host during the first season along with guest hosts. The program format varied from week to week, between musical specials, documentaries, in-studio debates, both locally produced and acquired. Spanish language programs were subtitled in English and English language programs were captioned in Spanish.

See January 1979 Prime Time Program Guide for cover story. Series release date: 1/10/1979

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Three years ago, journalist Roberto Suro left a prestigious job at the Washington Post to take the reigns of the newly created Pew Hispanic Center.

Suro oversees a team of researchers that is developing and disseminating demographic and economic data about Latinos. Their research helps define the issues facing Latinos from coast to coast.

Born to Puerto Rican and Ecuadorian parents, Suro (pictured left with Ilan Stavans) has chronicled Latinos and related issues as a journalist for nearly 30 years.

He worked as a correspondent for Time Magazine in the Middle East and as bureau chief for the New York Times in Rome and Houston. Most recently, he was a national editor and correspondent for the Washington Post and wrote the book Strangers Among Us: Latino Lives in a Changing America, published by Random House in 1998.

After his years of studying immigration, Suro has concluded that Latinos will keep coming to America. In less than a decade from now, Latinos will surpass African Americans as the largest minority in the United States.

According to Suro, these demographic changes will force America to reassess its immigration laws and attitudes toward language, race, and poverty.



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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
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