ABC’s John Quiñones to Speak at UW Bothell Commencement
John Quiñones is the Emmy Award-winning co-anchor of ABC’s Primetime and has been with the network nearly 30 years. He is the sole anchor of the Primetime series What Would You Do?, one of the highest rated newsmagazine franchises in recent years. During his tenure, he has reported extensively for ABC News, predominantly serving as a correspondent for Primetime and 20/20.
In 2010, Quiñones was the first reporter out of the 2,000 journalists who covered the Chilean Mining Disaster to get an exclusive interview with one of the survivors. His work for What Would You Do? captures the way people react when confronted with dilemmas that compel them to either take action or walk away. To that end, he has extensively covered a religious sect in Northern Arizona that forces its young female members to take part in polygamous marriages and followed a group of would-be Mexican immigrants as they attempted to cross into the US via the treacherous route known as “The Devil’s Highway,” among many other endeavors.
Previously, Quiñones anchored the critically acclaimed ABC News special Latin Beat, which focused on the wave of Latin talent sweeping the US, the impact of the recent population explosion, and how it will affect the nation as a whole.
Having grown up in a poor family of migrant workers to eventually become ABC’s first Latino correspondent and a seven-time Emmy Award winner, Quiñones shares his powerful story with audiences around the country, encouraging them to pursue their dreams regardless of socioeconomic barriers. He particularly emphasizes the role education played in his success in his captivating and inspiring keynotes.
Quiñones joined ABC News in June 1982 as a general assignment correspondent based in Miami, providing reports for World News Tonight with Peter Jennings and other ABC News broadcasts. He was one of the few American journalists who reported from Panama City during the US invasion in December 1989. During the ‘80s, he spent nearly a decade in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Panama reporting for World News Tonight.
Prior to joining ABC News, he was a reporter with WBBM-TV in Chicago. He won two Emmy Awards for his 1980 reporting on the plight of illegal aliens from Mexico. From 1975 to 1978, Quiñones was the news editor at KTRH radio in Houston, Texas. During that period, he also was an anchor-reporter for KPRC-TV.
The University of Washington Bothell will celebrate its 23rd Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, June 15, in Hec Edmundson Pavilion, Alaska Airlines Arena, at UW Seattle.
During the ceremony, the institution will award over 1400 baccalaureate and master's degrees and recognized students receiving their Washington State teaching certificates.
For more information or questions about the commencement ceremony, please contact Lisa Walker, Commencement Coordinator at 425.352.3663 or firstname.lastname@example.org.