Quinones to Speak at TAMUK

KINGSVILLE–A well-known ABC correspondent and fellow Tejano will come to the Coastal Bend to give a keynote address on Hispanic culture in March.

John Quinones, an award-winning journalist and host of the ABC show What Would You Do and a correspondent for Primetime Live, will be the featured guest speaker as part of the Texas A & M Kingsville University Lecture Series on Tuesday March 1 at 3:30 pm inside of Jones Auditorium.

Quiñones will present a speech called  “A 20/20 Vision of Hispanic America”. This event is free and open to the public.

Since 1991 Quiñones has served as a correspondent for Primetime Live and has covered a diverse gamut of stories including the Elizabeth Smart kidnapping case, the plight of conjoined twins, the ongoing search for the notorious Zodiac killer and would-be Mexican immigrants attempting to cross into the United States via the dangerous route known as “The Devil’s Highway”.

His reports for ABC’s 20/20, include an in-depth look at a lawsuit against the Cuban government by a woman who claimed she unknowingly married a spy; an exclusive interview with a Florida teenager who brutally killed her adoptive mother; and a look at sex abuse in schools.

Quiñones’ career in journalism has taken to him to some of the most treacherous regions of the world. He has traveled to Israel to report on suicide bombers—a piece for which he earned a CINE award. He has also covered the Iraq war, September 11 terrorist attack and the Albanian refugee crisis.

Quiñones has earned six national Emmy Awards for Primetime Live, 20/20 work and his documentary “Burning Questions—The Poisoning of America,” which aired in 1988. He also earned an Emmy for his coverage of the Congo’s virgin rainforest, which also won the Ark Trust Wildlife Award. He also has earned honors from the National Council of La Raza, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards and the World Hunger Media Award.

Quiñones, a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech communications from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio and received a master’s degree from the Columbia School of Journalism.

–South Texas Tribune, southtexastribune@gmail.com

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