John Quiñones received a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech communications from St. Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas. He later received a master's degree from the Columbia School of Journalism.
From 1975 to 1978, Quiñones was a news editor at KTRH radio in Houston, Texas. During that period, he also was an anchor-reporter for KPRC-TV.
As a reporter with WBBM-TV in Chicago, he quickly made his mark winning two Emmy Awards for his 1980 reporting about illegal aliens from Mexico and their struggles. By 1990 Quiñones received a National Emmy Award for his work on the ABC documentary "Burning Questions (Poisoning of America)" , which had aired in September 1988.
Currently one of the hard hitting co-anchors of "Primetime" and most recently a correspondent for "Primetime Thursday" as well as "20/20", John had previously been a correspondent for "PrimeTime Live" (since November 1991). Quiñones served as a co-anchor of "Downtown", a newsmagazine that covered unique stories, premiering in 1999.
He was awarded an ALMA Award from the National Council of La Raza, contributed reports to ABC News' unprecedented 24-hour, live, global Millennium broadcast, which won the George Foster Peabody Award; has won six national Emmy Awards for his "PrimeTime Live," "Burning Questions" and "20/20" work and was awarded an Emmy for his coverage of the Congo's untouched rainforest, also receiving the Ark Trust Wildlife Award.
Quiñones has also been honored with a World Hunger Media Award, a Citation from the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards for his 1990 report on homeless children in Bogota.
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