Colorado State University - Pueblo kicks off speaker series with ABC’s John Quiñones
PUEBLO – The 2010-2011 Distinguished Speakers Series at Colorado State University-Pueblo will kick off next week with a presentation ABC News talent John Quiñones.
Quiñones will appear at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 15 in Hoag Recital Hall. This event is free and open to the public and features the Emmy Award-winning co-anchor of ABC Primetime who has been with the network nearly 25 years. He is the sole anchor of the Primetime limited series What Would You Do?, one of the highest-rated newsmagazine franchises of recent years. During his tenure he has reported extensively for ABC News, predominantly serving as a correspondent for Primetime and 20/20.
The Distinguished Speakers Series features eminent national or international speakers who contribute to current thought in social or political activities, in the arts and sciences, or other realm of contemporary significance by individuals who have distinguished themselves in their fields. The series is co-sponsored by the Office of student Activities, the Student Fee Governing Board, the Associated Students’ Government, and the Diversity Resource Center. Other dates this fall include: Joel Cohen, Executive Producer and Emmy Award winning writer for the Simpsons, Oct. 13; Native American Writer, Poet, Filmmaker Sherman Alexie, Oct. 25; and single mother turned lawyer as depicted in upcoming film Conviction, Betty Anne Waters, Nov. 10.
Quiñones’ work for What Would You Do? captures people’s reactions when confronted with dilemmas compelling them to either act or walk away. He 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 were performing 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. To watch a clip of What Would You Do? visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yg_iXVvkqtM
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.
For more information, call the Office of Student Affairs at 719-549-2586.