|Born||Juan Manuel Quiñones
May 23, 1952
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
|Residence||New York City, New York, U.S.|
|Alma mater||St. Mary's University (B.A.)
Columbia University (M.A.)
|Known for||Host of What Would You Do?|
|Spouse(s)||Nancy Loftus (m. 1988; div. 2009)
Deanna White (m. 2010)
Early life and education
John Quiñones was born in San Antonio, Texas on May 23, 1952. He is a fifth-generation San Antonian and a fifth-generation American. Quiñones grew up in a Spanish-speaking household and did not learn English until he started school at age 6. When he was 13 years old, his father was laid off from his job as a janitor and John's family, including sisters Irma and Rosemary, joined a caravan of migrant farmworkers and journeyed to Traverse City, Michigan to harvest cherries. Later that summer, the Quiñones family followed the migrant route to pick tomatoes outside of Toledo, Ohio. John will never forget the words from his father, Bruno early one morning as they knelt on the cold, hard ground of Ohio's tomato fields. "Juanito, do you want to do this for the rest of your life? Or, do you want to get a college education?" It was a no-brainer. Determined to overcome the current Hispanic stereotypes of being uneducated, he decided to attend college. While attending Brackenridge High School in San Antonio, Quiñones was selected to take part in the federal anti-poverty program, Upward Bound, which prepared inner-city high school students for college. "Upward Bound saved my life," he says. John attended St. Mary's University, in San Antonio. As an undergraduate, Quiñones was also a member of the Sigma Beta-Zeta 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 and 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. He was a co-anchor of the ABC News program, Primetime and now hosts What Would You Do?. He also reports for all ABC News programs such as 20/20, Good Morning America, ABC World News Tonight 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."
Quiñones married his high school sweetheart, Nancy Loftus, at a private ceremony in West Palm Beach, Florida in 1988 and the couple got divorced in 2009. Quiñones remarried in 2010 to former model Deanna White. He has three children from his previous marriage; Julian, Nicco and Andrea, and currently has a condo in Manhattan, New York, a vacation home in Vail, Colorado and a weekend home in The Hamptons, New York.
- 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.
- Pigasus Award, 2005, ABC's Primetime Live, for its credulous "John of God " special, about Brazilian "psychic surgeon" João Teixeira
- Quiñones, John (2009). Heroes Among Us: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Choices. Harper. ISBN 0-06-173360-1.
- John Quiñones: 1952—: Broadcast Journalist - Came From The Barrio