John Quiñones is anchor of ABC’s What Would You Do?, a co-anchor of Primetime, a correspondent for 20/20, and the author of Heroes Among Us: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Choices (Harper). Winner of seven Emmy Awards, Quiñones has also been honored with the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards Grand Prize for International Reporting. Quiñones joined ABC News in June 1982 and has reported for World News with Charles Gibson, Nightline, and Good Morning America. A sought after speaker, he has been a keynote speaker, diversity speaker, commencement speaker, and after-dinner speaker at universities, diversity conferences, and charitable organizations across the country.
In addition to sharing the many stories of heroes he’s met, he also shares his own touching personal narrative of his rise from humble roots as the son of a laborer and a house cleaner to his life as a network anchor. His is one of the most American of stories. Quiñones reminds us all of the courage and dignity it takes to stand up for oneself and those around us, and by chronicling such bravery, he captures America’s can-do spirit, showing that through the slightest good deed, each one of us harbors a hero within.
Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Quiñones received a master’s degree from the Columbia School of Journalism and makes his home in New York City.
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