Roy H. Beck is an American journalist and public policy analyst who founded and has served as President of NumbersUSA since its inception in 1997. Beck was a journalist for three decades before founding NumbersUSA. He is former Washington D. C. bureau chief of Booth Newspapers and one of the nation's first environment-beat newspaper reporters, formerly with The Grand Rapids Press and The Cincinnati Enquirer. Beck was also the Washington DC editor of John Tanton's magazine The Social Contract and a frequent speaker on population, labor, and immigration issues. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Beck won national awards during the 1970s for his coverage of urban expansion issues, including honors from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Izaak Walton League. In addition to the advocacy of immigration reduction, much of his work focuses on urban planning and sprawl-related matters. Beck's April 1994 article in the Atlantic Monthly, "The Ordeal of Immigration in Wausau," brought national media attention and commentary to the issue of mass immigration. The New York Times credited Beck's NumbersUSA organization with applying enough pressure to U.S. Senators to defeat a comprehensive immigration bill in June 2007. He has been described as a "tutor" for U.S. Representative Tom Tancredo on immigration issues. Beck has also served as a spokesperson for the Coalition for the Future American Worker and authored the book The Case Against Immigration () along with a number of smaller studies connecting mass immigration to urban sprawl. Beck has gained notable attention via a presentation where he used gumballs to illustrate the infeasibility of immigration as a tool to alleviate world poverty. The conclusion was to help the impoverished where they are, instead of exporting them to richer countries. Changes in world poverty since 1990, referenced in the video, have been almost exclusively in China, which has transformed from having 16% living above the poverty line, to having the reverse. Meanwhile, the rest of the world has continued as the video outlined.