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John Quiñones: 1952—: Broadcast Journalist - Came From The Barrio

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John Manuel Quiñones was born on May 23, 1952, in San Antonio, Texas, the son of Bruno and Maria Quiñones. Although a fifth-generation San Antonian, Quiñones did not learn English until he started school at age six. His tough, Spanish-speaking neighborhood was rife with gangs and drugs. For many years his father worked as a janitor at the high school that he attended and school counselors tried to steer Quiñones and his fellow Hispanics toward lives of manual labor. However, in "My Own Experience: The Latino Experience Through My Eyes," Quiñones quoted his father as saying: "I asked you, do you think it's good for you to be working hard like I do. And you said, 'No, I'm going to school.'" It was during high school that Quiñones resolved to overcome Hispanic stereotyping and pursue a career in journalism. An Upward Bound program at St. Mary's University in San Antonio helped prepare him for college-level work.

While attending St. Mary's University in 1973, Quiñones began working as a reporter and announcer at KTSA-Radio. He continued on there after graduating in 1974 with a bachelor's degree in speech communications. Between 1975 and 1978 Quiñones was a reporter and news editor at KTRH-Radio in Houston, as well as a reporter and anchor at KPRC-TV. In 1979 he earned his master's degree from the Columbia University School of Journalism.

Quiñones began his rise to prominence as a reporter at WBBM-TV, the CBS affiliate in Chicago. Beginning in 1979 he covered neighborhood and local news, as well as stories of national and international significance. His 1980 documentary series about the plight of undocumented immigrants crossing into the United States from Mexico won two local Emmy awards. Other major Quiñones reports included the Cuban boat lift of 1980 and the Haitian boat people of 1982.

At a Glance . . .


Born John Manuel Quiñones on May 23, 1952, in San Antonio, TX; son of Maria and Bruno Quiñones. Education: St. Mary's University, BA, 1974; Columbia School of Journalism, MS, 1979.


Career: KTSA-Radio, San Antonio, reporter, announcer, 1973-75; KTRH-Radio, Houston, reporter, news editor, 1975-78; KPRC-TV, Houston, anchor-reporter, 1975-78; WBBM-TV, Chicago, reporter, 1979-82; ABC News, network correspondent, 1982–; Discovery News, reporter, 1997; 20/20 Downtown, host, 1999–.


Memberships: National Hispanic Journalists Association.


Awards: Two local Emmy Awards, Chicago; six national Emmy Awards; citation, first place international category, Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards, 1991; World Hunger Media Award; two Gabriel Awards; Overseas Press Club of America, Eric and Amy Burger Award for Best Reporting from Abroad; Ark Trust Wildlife Award; ALMA Award, National Council of La Raza , 2000.


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over 3 years ago





This letter is Mr. John Quinones Co-Anchor of Primetime

Would you like to write a family history.? Hello, my name is Dori Salinas-Mair am a resident of Great Falls here in Fairfax, Virginia. I am one of the five sisters of a family with nine children. In 1969 we were separated by different circumstances. Today, we all live apart in different parts of the world. In fact, the surviving brothers have we not been reunited since 1969. in March, we will have the opportunity to be together again, thanks to the visit of one of my sisters coming from Australia to our first family reunion since 1969. We are all very excited and happy looking forward to our first family reunion. Unfortunately my older brother died in April 1990. Although we have not been together for many years and the distance that keeps us apart for all these time, we have been able to keep up connected with some frequency and in contact with each other through all these years. If you find my story interesting and would write an article about our family, please contact me via telephone 703-759-9380 or 703-201- 9053 or email dorisalinas@aol.com.

Thank you and many blessings.

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over 3 years ago

Does he have family of his own like wife and children.

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about 2 years ago

hey john i want to be on yore show onetime i wach ur show a lot and i am a BIG fan so ya

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over 2 years ago

Good day Mr. John Quinones. I have looked at the documentary that you have done called Las Colonias and I would like to get in touch with you on getting some assistance to the community. I know that you are a very busy man but if you can spear me just a few minutes of your time, I would really be grateful. I hope that this is an efficient way of getting in touch with you. Thank you for your early response. David.

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over 2 years ago

Juanito Manuel Quinones did you really graduated from high school or g.e.d? which high school you attended or elem- school.Hope your not ashamed of your high school. JUAN what would you do?if people ask you about your high school pass as what happen then with your gang buddy? can you show your self on ABC 20/20about your home town SANANTO? Anyways wish you could investigate the corruption of the SAN ANTONIO police dept,&put it national t.v. email me at dannylopez197410@yahoo.com for the facts of s.a.p.d corruption.

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over 2 years ago

Hi John, My name is Yvette Rios, my father is David Rios from San Antonio,tx. We also have alot of family in Houston....I`ve heard thoughout the family were related in some way. Which I`m proud to say, everytime i see you on t.v. Not just cause you`re on t.v but because what you represent and believe in. I`m a proud hispanic born&raised in SanAntonio that highly respects everything you stand for & represent. .....F.Y.I My dad`s uncle`s name was Mario Quiones, his parents from SanAntonio were Mr.&Mrs.Porfilio Rios.

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over 3 years ago

John, I am from your hometown and was able to make book signing. Anyway, I am trying to get soemthing started as a small business and I know as a Hometown Bred man I would like your help in getting this Hobby started into a busines where I can do my part to help the economy. Please call me at your availability. (210) 381-8174, I live in San Antonio and have begun seeing your topics of interest on the Oprah Channel. keep up the great work and down here everybody is proud to have fellow San Antonian on TV. Fiesta is a couple of days from starting so to hear from you when you get here.





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about 4 years ago

I am attempting to locate a video done on John Quinones some time earlier this year. It was done in San Antonio, Texas, where he grew up in the barrio and he told of his early days when he spoke no English. Where can I locate this piece?

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over 2 years ago

MR.JUAN MANUEL QUINONES love your show & damm proud of you from the wild west side of SANANTO TX,.YOU are a big row model to a lot of young folks in are schools.Hope one day if you could be a special speaker at our high school with"n EDGEWOOD dist.And you could inspire young kids of the barrio to be some body like you, on national t.v. instead of crime t.v. please feel free to email me at dannylopez197410@yahoo.com for any feed back from you Mr.Quinones.

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about 2 years ago

Mr. Quinones did your mother Maria ever live in El Paso, Texas? My mother Lucilla Grajeda has a cousin named Maria Luisa Quinones that was married to a man by the name of Bruno Quinones who was stationed at Ft. Bliss in the 40s. I would appreciate it so much if you could respond to my e-mail as my mother would like to find out the whereabouts on her causin Maria.

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over 2 years ago

Hi John, My name is Yvette Rios, my father is David Rios from San Antonio,tx. We also have alot of family in Houston....I`ve heard thoughout the family were related in some way. Which I`m proud to say, everytime i see you on t.v. Not just cause you`re on t.v but because what you represent and believe in. I`m a proud hispanic born&raised in SanAntonio that highly respects everything you stand for & represent. .....F.Y.I My dad`s uncle`s name was Mario Quiones, his parents from SanAntonio were Mr.&Mrs.Porfilio Rios.

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3 months ago

Deary Mr.quinones,
I am a true admirer of your work. I would like to have the pleasure to meet you some day. If these words ever get to reach your ears my hope would be that you would embrace my words and find a creative way to use them in the most up most way in helping those who are struggling with mental illnesses and in solitaire confinement neglected of medications and mental health care. You have individuals such as my son being constantly mistreated ridiculed by officials and still no medical care , the cycle has been an on- going battle
Please mr.quinones if you do read this email it would be.more than an honor. I am looking for someone to write about the mistreatment and unfair punishments individuals with mental health diagnosis are ignored and unfairly treated with no voice to speak out on how they feel in their suffering. If you can please read this and help the poor mothers and fathers fighting against this stigma and ignorance that remains behind those iron bars. Please I am im despair fearing for my sons life as well for the other misfortunate. Can u please help me.
May God BLESS you always. If you can contact me @31256069091.

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about 1 year ago

Hello Juanito, as we knew you as we grew up together on Arizona Street in the westside of San Antonio Texas. Remember we attended Carvajal elementary school and Rhodes Jr. High? It give me great pleasure of your journalistic and broadcasting accomplishments! You are definately a role model to those who grew up in westside San Antonio. I am also a graduate from St. Mary's University and Jefferson High School. I am now retired from a thirty year civil service career in the Air Force. Kudos to year and always remember what our mothers instilled in us, "the sky's the limit!".