John Quinones

Anchor, "What Would You Do?"

John Quiñones is the anchor of "What Would You Do?," one of the highest-rated newsmagazine franchises of recent years. During his 25 year tenure at ABC News, he... Read More »

John Quiñones is the anchor of "What Would You Do?," one of the highest-rated newsmagazine franchises of recent years. During his 25 year tenure at ABC News, he has reported extensively for all programs and platforms and served as anchor of "Primetime."

While Quiñones was covering the Chilean miners' disaster in 2010, he was the first journalist out of thousands to get an exclusive interview with the first survivor (Mario Sepulveda), who spoke about their horrendous ordeal. Other recent headline-making interviews include an exclusive with singer/actor Marc Anthony who, for the first time, spoke about his separation and pending divorce from Jennifer Lopez.

Quiñones has extensively covered a religious sect in Northern Arizona that forces its young female members to take part in polygamous marriages. Other reports include going undercover with a hidden camera to reveal how clinics performed unnecessary surgical procedures as part of a major nationwide insurance scam; he followed along with a group of would-be Mexican immigrants as they attempted to cross into the U.S. via the treacherous route known as "The Devil's Highway"; and he traveled to Israel for a CINE Award-winning report about suicide bombers.

In September 1999, Quiñones anchored a critically acclaimed ABC News special entitled "Latin Beat," focusing on the wave of Latin talent sweeping the U.S., the impact of the recent population explosion and how it will affect the nation as a whole. He was awarded an ALMA Award from the National Council of La Raza. He also contributed reports to ABC News' unprecedented 24-hour, live, global Millennium broadcast, which won the George Foster Peabody Award.

Quiñones' reports for "20/20" have included an in-depth look at the unprecedented lawsuit against the Cuban government by a woman who claimed she unknowingly married a spy and an exclusive interview with a Florida teenager who brutally killed her adoptive mother. He was honored with a Gabriel Award for his poignant report that followed a young man to Colombia as he made an emotional journey to reunite with his birth mother after two decades. Other stories originating from Central America include political and economic turmoil in Argentina and civil war in El Salvador. During the 1980s, he spent nearly a decade in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Panama reporting for "World News Tonight."

Quiñones has won seven national Emmy Awards for his "Primetime Live," "Burning Questions" and "20/20" work. He was awarded an Emmy for his coverage of the Congo's virgin rainforest, which also won the Ark Trust Wildlife Award, and in 1990 he received an Emmy for "Window in the Past," a look at the Yanomamo Indians. He received a National Emmy Award for his work on the ABC documentary "Burning Questions—The Poisoning of America," which aired in September 1988 and was also honored with a World Hunger Media Award and a Citation from the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards for "To Save the Children," his 1990 report on the homeless children of Bogota. Among his other prestigious awards are the First Prize in International Reporting and Robert F. Kennedy Prize for his piece on "Modern Slavery -- Children Sugar Cane Cutters in the Dominican Republic."

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 reporting from Panama City during the U.S. invasion in December 1989.

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, he was news editor at KTRH radio in Houston, Texas. During that period, he also was an anchor-reporter for KPRC-TV.

Quiñones received a bachelor of arts in speech communications from St. Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas. He received a master's from the Columbia School of Journalism.

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Reporter's Notebook: Remembering the miracles of the 1985 Mexico earthquake
ABC News reporter John Quinones, who covered the 1985 Mexico earthquake, reflects on the disaster, which killed thousands, in the wake of this week's quake exactly 32 years later. When I saw
Sep 21, 2017 06:56 AM Story from International JOHN QUINONES, ABC News
Man or Myth? American Drug Lord 'La Barbie' Fascinates and Terrorizes
May 19, 2010 11:18 AM Story from WN JOHN QUINONES, ABC News
Joran van der Sloot Says He Is 'Surviving' in Prison
Jun 22, 2010 07:58 AM Story from GMA JOHN QUINONES, ABC News
Baltimore Police Chief Wants to Ban High-Capacity Firepower
Dec 20, 2012 04:53 PM Story from US JOHN QUINONES, ABC News
Cantaloupes, Tomatoes and All-American Football: A Reporter's Notebook
ABC News' John Quinones Writes About a Story Close to His Heart
Jul 03, 2014 11:33 AM Story from US JOHN QUINONES, ABC News
50 Years Later, 'Chavez' Film Shows Farmworker's Plight Remains
Mar 28, 2014 01:03 AM Story from International JOHN QUINONES and LAURA RAMIREZ, ABC News
Americans Find More Affordable Paradise for Retirement
May 15, 2013 10:30 AM Story from Travel SARAH NETTER and JOHN QUINONES, ABC News
Doubts About Dedicated Stepfather Mount in 'Runaway' Case
Aug 11, 2009 11:14 AM Story from Primetime JOHN QUINONES and SHANA DRUCKERMAN, ABC News
Stepfather Speaks Out About Missing Teen
Aug 12, 2009 11:14 AM Story from Primetime JOHN QUINONES and SHANA DRUCKERMAN, ABC News
Looking for Alissa: Father Hunts for Rebellious Teen
Jul 27, 2009 11:14 AM Story from Primetime JOHN QUINONES and SHANA DRUCKERMAN, ABC News
Husband Arrested in Murder of First Wife
Feb 02, 2010 10:25 AM Story from Primetime JOHN QUINONES and STEVEN SCHNEE, ABC News
Van Der Sloot Faces Long Wait in Desolate Peruvian Prison System
Jun 17, 2010 10:50 AM Story from 2020 JOHN QUINONES and JON MEYERSOHN, ABC News
Could Feds Have Arrested Van Der Sloot for Extortion Before Peru Murder?
Jun 04, 2010 08:30 AM Story from 2020/International RUSSELL GOLDMAN and JOHN QUINONES, ABC News
Erin Brockovich Fights for Teen's Sobriety
Feb 01, 2009 06:17 PM Story from GMA JOHN QUINONES and BILL CUNNINGHAM, ABC News
Medical Mystery: Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome
Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome, PSAS, John Quinones, Heather Dearmon, Nancy Austin, sexual dysfunction, sex, orgasm, Dr.
Oct 01, 2007 05:48 PM Story from Health/WaterCooler CAROL BERCZUK and JOHN QUINONES, ABC News
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