Victoria College’s 2018-19 Lyceum Lecture Series will continue at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 9 with ABC News Anchor John Quiñones presenting “Opportunity Through Education: John Quiñones’ American Dream” at the Victoria Fine Arts Center.
Quiñones, a San Antonio native, will tell of his odds-defying journey and celebrate the power of education that enabled him to champion the Latino American Dream.
“We felt it would be appropriate to have Mr. Quiñones come to Victoria during Hispanic Heritage Month,” said Elaine Everett- Hensley, VC’s Student Life director and member of the Lyceum Committee. “We are sure Mr. Quiñones’ presentation will be inspiring to all generations in attendance.”
Quiñones, the son of a migrant farm worker, did not learn to speak English until he started school at the age of 6. He was the first in his family to attend college, and he went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech communication from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio and a master’s degree from the Columbia School of Journalism.
As a reporter for WBBM-TV in Chicago, Quiñones won two Emmy Awards for his 1980 reporting on the plight of illegal immigrants from Mexico. He joined ABC News in 1982 as a general assignment correspondent in Miami.
Quiñones won seven national Emmy Awards for his work with “Primetime Live,” “Burning Questions” and “20/20.” He created and hosts “What Would You Do?,” which uses hidden cameras to present solutions to ethical dilemmas. He authored a book of the same title.
The event is free and open to the public. About 700 students from Victoria and Calhoun County school districts are expected to attend the event. General seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Quiñones will hold a book signing immediately following the lecture.
The Victoria Fine Arts Center is at 1002 Sam Houston Drive.