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July 9, 2010

Roberto Suarez, a Cuban refugee whose career in journalism started late — in the mailroom of The Miami Herald — but who rose to become president of the company and the founder and publisher of the newspaper’s independent Spanish-language sister, El Nuevo Herald, died Wednesday at his home in Miami. He was 82.

Roberto Suarez, Founder of El Nuevo Herald, Dies at 82

By BRUCE WEBER
Published: July 9, 2010

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Roberto Suarez, a Cuban refugee whose career in journalism started late — in the mailroom of The Miami Herald — but who rose to become president of the company and the founder and publisher of the newspaper’s independent Spanish-language sister, El Nuevo Herald, died Wednesday at his home in Miami. He was 82.

Jeep Hunter/MCT, via Miami Herald

Roberto Suarez.

The cause was complications of Alzheimer’s disease, his daughter Elena said.

Mr. Suarez had worked in banking and real estate and was the father of nine when he left Fidel Castro’s Cuba in 1961, joining the family he had sent to Miami the previous year. He ascended quickly on the business side of The Herald, where his first job was inserting circulars into newspapers and loading them onto trucks.

Beginning in 1972, Mr. Suarez spent 15 years at The Charlotte Observer, but he returned to Miami to help The Herald improve its coverage of Hispanic affairs in general and Cuban-American affairs in particular. In a previous attempt to attract Hispanic readers, The Herald had published an edition consisting of selected articles from The Herald translated into Spanish. The venture failed, scoffed at by many Miami Hispanics as condescending and especially resented by the city’s budding Cuban-American community, which considered The Herald insufficiently outraged by the Castro government.

Mr. Suarez’s new publication had its own staff, providing original material in Spanish and producing a paper that was more in sync with the generally conservative anti-Castro views of Cuban Miami.

As the face of the publication, Mr. Suarez was instrumental in helping persuade Latin residents of the city that El Nuevo Herald was a legitimate voice for them and not simply an extension of The Miami Herald, which many perceived as representing the interests of non-Hispanic white Miamians.

The new paper created conflicts both within the newsroom and without. But Mr. Suarez, who eventually became president of The Miami Herald Publishing Company, managed to quell the disquiet among some Herald staff members, who felt that El Nuevo Herald was often intentionally working at cross purposes.

“He was a very open guy, a very friendly guy,” said Mark Seibel, a former managing editor of The Herald who later, as director of the company’s international operations, reported to Mr. Suarez. “When we had a run-in on coverage, I never felt any pressure from him to do anything we hadn’t done. He was willing to give you the autonomy to do what you felt you needed to do.”

Mr. Suarez wrote a Sunday column for El Nuevo Herald, often about Cuban affairs. To combat frequently virulent criticism from Hispanic residents, he made countless appearances on Spanish-language radio defending the paper — both papers, really.

“He helped The Herald immensely in the Cuban community,” Manny Garcia, a Cuban-American and the current executive editor of El Nuevo Herald, said in an interview. “He went on Spanish radio, and he said: ‘Look, we’ve made mistakes, but I’m here now. Give The Herald a chance. We’re trying to do the right thing.’ ”

Mr. Suarez retired in 1995 with the title of president emeritus. El Nuevo Herald now has a daily circulation of about 55,000 and a Sunday circulation of 78,000 and has the fastest-growing combined print and Web readership among Spanish-language dailies in the United States, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations.

Roberto José Suarez y de Cardenas was born on March 5, 1928, in Havana, where his father ran a real estate business. He attended a Jesuit-run preparatory school in Havana (where he played on the basketball team with Fidel Castro), and came to the United States to attend college, studying finance at Villanova University. He also studied at the University of Havana and for a time worked with his father in real estate. He married Miriam Campuzano, the daughter of his basketball coach, in 1950.

Mr. Suarez, who engaged in political activities against Mr. Castro’s predecessor, the dictator Fulgencio Batista, went into exile for the first time in the 1950s; he spent six months living with his family in New Rochelle, N.Y. He was initially a supporter of Castro’s revolution, and he worked as a government banker before growing disillusioned in 1960, sending his pregnant wife and eight children to Miami. He joined them the next year.

Two of Mr. Suarez’s sons, Tony and Armando, died within weeks of each other in 1987.

In addition to his wife, known as Pitucha, and his daughter Elena, both of Miami, Mr. Suarez is survived by nine other children: Roberto Jr., Raul, who is known as Coco, Teresa, Miriam Suarez King and Esperanza Suarez Kelly, all of Miami; Gonzalo, Carlos and Ana Suarez Fleming, all of Charlotte, N.C., and Miguel, of Nassau, the Bahamas. He is also survived by a brother, Mario, of New Rochelle; a sister, Margarita, of Gonzales, La.; and 10 grandchildren.

from:  http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/11/business/media/11suarez.html?_r=1&hpw

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Roberto Suárez was born on March 5th, 1928 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roberto_Suarez

March 5th, 1928

3 + 5 +1+9+2+8 = 28 = his life lesson = what he was here to learn = Bold.  Daring.

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