Roy Beck

The president of the grassroots organization NumbersUSA, which has a connection of more than 9 million Americans online, is the author, Roy Beck. He worked as a journalist for thirty years before establishing NumbersUSA in 1996. He was formerly the chain’s top Washington correspondent for Booth Newspapers. Roy, an Ozarks native who graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, was one of the first newspaper reporters covering the environment in the country in the 1960s and 1970s.

The U.S. Army Commendation Medal (non-combat) is one of many awards that Roy Beck has received for his reporting on non-government humanitarian activities, urban growth and population challenges, business and religion, and other topics. In order to implement the immigration proposals of two national committees, one of which was a bipartisan legislative committee led by the late Rep. Barbara Jordan, he created NumbersUSA in 1996.

While working for the Grand Rapids Press, he reported from more than 30 states and 12 different countries. Roy Beck has written two books about immigration and two works on religion, ethics, and public policy. Numerous publications, including the Journal of Policy History, and others, have included his byline.

In addition to the National Association of Secretaries of State, the Environmental American association, The American Management Association, and the Association for Environmental Journalists, Roy is a co-author of an ongoing series of NumbersUSA sprawl studies that first appeared in 2000. Numerous TV shows, radio shows, congressional hearings, university speeches, think tank and conference committees, and speaker’s forums have featured him as an immigration expert.

He has volunteered for the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, nursing homes, the United Methodist Church, clothing closets for inner-city kids, teaching United Methodist Sunday school, and providing food and transportation to underprivileged immigrants and others. He has been organizing a weekly trip for adolescents to build Habitat for Humanity homes and renovate elderly poor people’s homes since 1990. For more information visit: