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ABC’S John Quinones to speak at UT Sept. 21

As part of The University of Toledo’s celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, popular TV host John Quinones will give the first of this year’s Jesup Scott Honors College Distinguished Lecture series on Thursday, Sept. 21.

Quinones, ABC News veteran, anchor for 20/20 and Primetime, and host of the popular TV series “What Would You Do?,” will speak at 6 p.m. in Doermann Theatre, located in University Hall on the UT Main Campus. Limited tickets remain.

John Quinones

Titled “A 20/20 Vision for America: Building Bridges, Not Walls,” Quinones’ presentation will use his odds-defying journey to celebrate the life-changing power of a college education, champion the Latino American Dream and provide insights into human nature and ethical behavior.

“We’re very pleased to have John Quinones speak at UT,” said Dr. Heidi Appel, dean of the honors college. His personal experiences, professional advice, and message of reconciliation will inspire our students to pave their own, unique paths to success.”

Born in San Antonio, Texas, in 1952 to a Spanish-speaking family, Quinones did not learn English until he began school at age 6. When he was 13, his father was laid off from a janitorial job and so his family joined a caravan of migrant farm workers. They traveled to Traverse City, Mich., to harvest cherries, and then later picked tomatoes near Toledo. It was here that his dad challenged Quinones to choose education over a life of manual labor.

Thanks to the federal Upward Bound program, Quinones prepared to enter college and eventually earned his master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of Journalism. Among numerous accolades, Quinones has received a Gabriel Award for a report that followed a young man to Colombia to reunite with his birth mother after two decades, a CINE Award for a report done in Israel about suicide bombers, and an ALMA Award from the National Council of La Raza.

For additional information or to request tickets for the free, public event, contact or 419.530.6030.

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