|Born||Juan Manuel Quiñones
May 23, 1952
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
|Alma mater||St. Mary's University|
Early life and education
John Quiñones was born in San Antonio, Texas on May 23, 1952. Despite being a fifth-generation San Antonian and a seventh-generation American, Quiñones grew up in a Spanish-speaking household and did not learn English until he started school at age 6. Determined to overcome the current Hispanic stereotypes of being uneducated, he decided to attend college. After graduating from Brackenridge High School, Quiñones joined an Upward Bound program out of St. Mary's University, a federal TRIO program preparing him for college. As an undergraduate, Quiñones was also a member of the Sigma Beta-Zeta Chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. After graduating from St. Mary's with a bachelor's degree in Speech Communication, Quiñones earned his master's degree from Columbia University's School of Journalism.
Quiñones served as a radio news editor at KTRH in Houston, Texas from 1975 to 1978 and also worked as an anchor-reporter for KPRC-TV. He later reported for WBBM-TV in Chicago. In 1982, Quiñones started as a general assignment correspondent with ABC News based in Miami. Currently, he is a co-anchor of the ABC News program, Primetime. He also reports for all ABC News programs such as 20/20, Good Morning America, World News with Diane Sawyer and Nightline.
According to communications attorney Mark Lloyd, "Quiñones told the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) audience that he got his start because a San Antonio community organization threatened that if the stations didn't hire more Latinos, the group would go to the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) and challenge their licenses."
- George Foster Peabody Award, 1999, ABC News, New York, New York, "ABC 2000" (also known as ABC 2000 Today.)
- ALMA Award from the National Council of La Raza.
- CINE award for his report on suicide bombers in Israel.
- Gabriel Award.
- 7-time Emmy Award winner.
- World Hunger Media Award and a Citation from the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.
- Quiñones, John (2009). Heroes Among Us: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Choices. Harper. ISBN 0-06-173360-1.