About Roy Beck

Roy Beck

Author Roy Beck is President of NumbersUSA, a grassroots organization with an on-line network of more than 9 million U.S. citizens. A former chief Washington correspondent for the Booth Newspapers chain, he was a journalist for three decades before founding NumbersUSA in 1996. A native of the Ozarks, Roy graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and was one of the nation’s first environment-beat newspaper reporters in the 1960s and 1970s.

Roy is a recipient of the U.S. Army Commendation Medal (non-combat) and numerous recognitions for coverage of non-government humanitarian efforts, of urban expansion and population issues, and of business and religion.

His newspaper career included reporting from more than 30 states and a dozen countries while on staff with the Grand Rapids (Mich.) Press, Cincinnati Enquirer, Columbia Missourian, the (national weekly) United Methodist Reporter out of Dallas, and with the Newhouse Newspaper chain's Washington bureau.

Roy has authored two books on religion, ethics and public policy ("On Thin Ice" and "Prophets & Politics") and two books on immigration ("Re-Charting America's Future" and "The Case Against Immigration: The moral, economic, social and environmental reasons for reducing immigration back to traditional levels"). His byline has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, New York Newsday, the Los Angeles Times, the Journal of Policy History and numerous other publications.

His investigative report, "Ordeal of Immigration in Wausau," published in The Atlantic Monthly, is included as one of the most important writings of the 1990s by the Encyclopaedia Britannica's "The Annals of America." That report, the books and "charts & gumballs" videos (that have been viewed more than 150 million times on Facebook and YouTube) led to the creation of the NumbersUSA website in 1996 and the grassroots organization to support and use it.

Roy is the co-author of a continuing series of NumbersUSA sprawl studies that began in 2000 and which he has presented to conferences including the National Association of Secretaries of State, the Ecological Society of America, The American Planning Association, and the Society for Environmental Journalists. The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) have relied upon and cited those studies of the loss of wildlife habitat, ecosystems and farmland due to U.S. population growth.

His presentations on ethical issues of immigration have included the "Rockefeller Lectures" at Dartmouth College, the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco, the Three Rivers Lectures in Pittsburgh, the keynote address at the Annual Sustainability Conference of Chico State University, the Worldwatch Institute conference at the Aspen Institute, and an invitation to present the paper, "Sorting Through Humanitarian Clashes in Immigration," at the Annual Conference on Applied Ethics at Long Beach State University.