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ABC Journalist John Quiñones to Discuss Hispanics in America as Part of A&M-Kingsville Lectureship Series March 1

KINGSVILLE - February 17, 2011

Contact: Adriana Garza
adriana.garza@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4979

John Quiñones—ABC news correspondent and host of the network’s primetime show What Would You Do—will be the featured guest speaker as part of the Texas A&M University-Kingsville University Lectureship Series at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, in Jones Auditorium.

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

 "The University Lectureship Series at Texas A&M University-Kingsville is a student-supported program that was created in order to invite guest speakers to present relevant or entertaining topics for our campus and Kingsville community,” said Dr. Terisa Remelius, vice president for student affairs at A&M-Kingsville.  “Known nationally or regionally for their expertise, invited speakers will educate, inform, and engage our students and help them to make meaning of theories they are learning in their classrooms."

 Quiñones is an award-winning journalist and host of the ABC show What Would You Do—a hidden camera series that captures people’s responses to controversial scenarios. He is also the author of Heroes Among Us—a look at the courage and bravery of the everyday heroes who embody the American spirit.

 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 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.

 For more information about the A&M-Kingsville University Lectureship Series, contact the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs at 361-593-3612.


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