John Quiñones Biography
John Quiñones is an American Host and Correspondent working for ABC as a News Correspondent. He joined the ABC news team in May 1982, after previously working for WBBM-TV as a reporter.
John Quiñones Education
Quiñones graduated from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, with a Bachelor of Arts in speech communications. He graduated from Columbia School of Journalism with a master’s degree. Quiñones was awarded two honorary degrees: a doctor of letters from Davis & Elkins College in 2014 and an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Utah Valley University in 2016.
John Quiñones Career
As a correspondent for ABC News, Quiñones covers stories for “20/20,” “Nightline,” and “Good Morning America.” Throughout his forty years at ABC News, he has covered a wide range of stories for all platforms and shows, including “What Would You Do?” and “Primetime.” Quiñones interviewed Mexican professional boxer Canelo Álvarez in 2021, marking the first exclusive network television interview with the multiple world champion in four separate weight divisions. The story was highlighted on “Nightline” and in a primetime ABC News special during Hispanic Heritage Month.
A religious group in northern Arizona that coerced its young female members into polygamous marriages was the subject of Quiñones’ in-depth reporting. Other reports include following a group of would-be Mexican immigrants as they attempted to enter the United States via the perilous route going undercover with a hidden camera to expose how clinics performed needless surgical procedures as part of a large-scale nationwide insurance scam and visiting Israel for a CINE Award-winning report about suicide bombers. The critically acclaimed ABC News special “Latin Beat,” which Quiñones anchored in September 1999, focused on the recent population increase and its effects on the country, as well as the wave of Latin talent that is sweeping the country. The National Council of La Raza awarded him an ALMA Award. He also supplied reports to the George Foster Peabody Award-winning, record-breaking, live, worldwide “The New Millennium” program on ABC News.
Quiñones’s findings for “20/20” feature an exclusive interview with a Florida girl who brutally killed her adoptive mother, as well as a detailed examination of the historic lawsuit filed against the Cuban government by a lady claiming she unintentionally married a spy. For his moving story about a young guy who traveled to Colombia on an arduous quest to reconnect with his birth mother after 20 years, he was given a Gabriel Award. Other tales from Central America include the civil conflict in El Salvador and the political and economic unrest in Argentina. He traveled to Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Panama for almost ten years in the 1980s as a reporter for “World News Tonight.”
Quiñones’ work on “Primetime Live,” “Burning Questions,” and “20/20” earned him seven national Emmy Awards. In 1990, he earned an Emmy for “Window in the Past,” a study at the Yanomamo Indians, and another Emmy for his coverage of the Congo’s virgin rainforest, which also won the Ark Trust Wildlife Award. For his work on the ABC documentary “Burning Questions — The Poisoning of America,” which aired in September 1988, he was honored with a National Emmy Award. In addition, Quiñones received a World Hunger Media Award and a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards Citation for his 1990 report “To Save the Children,” which focused on the homeless children of Bogota. His other honors include the Robert F. Kennedy Prize and the First Prize in International Reporting for his article “Modern Slavery — Children Sugar Cane Cutters in the Dominican Republic.”
In June 1982, Quiñones started working for ABC News as a general assignment correspondent from Miami. He reported stories for shows including “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings” and other ABC News shows. During the US invasion of Panama City in December 1989, he was one of the few American journalists covering the situation from there. Before coming to ABC News, he worked as a correspondent for Chicago’s WBBM-TV. His 1980 reportage on the predicament of Mexican illegal aliens earned him two Emmy Awards. He worked as the news editor for Houston, Texas’s KTRH radio station from 1975 to 1978. He worked as an anchor and reporter for KPRC-TV during that time as well.
John Quiñones Salary
Quiñones earns an annual salary of about $47,000-$120,000.
John Quiñones Net Worth
Quiñones has an estimated net worth of about $1 Million – $7 Million which he has earned through his career as a correspondent.
John Quiñones Age
Quiñones was born on May 23, 1952, in San Antonio, Texas, United States. He is 71 years old as of 2023, and he celebrates his birthday on the 23rd of May every year.
John Quiñones Height and Weight
He stands at a height of 5 feet 7 inches tall (1.70m) and weighs 75 kgs (165 lbs).
John Quiñones Family
Quiñones is a fifth-generation Mexican-American and San Antonian, having been born in the city. Growing up in a Spanish-speaking family, Quiñones did not acquire English language skills until he enrolled in school at the age of six. His father was fired from his janitorial job when he was thirteen years old, and the family then joined a caravan of migrant farmworkers headed to Traverse City, Michigan, to pick cherries. The Quiñones family took the migrant route to farm tomatoes outside Toledo, Ohio later that summer.
John Quiñones Wife and Children
He has been married thrice in his life; he married Sylvia Villela on November 26, 1975, and had one child together. He later married Nancy Ann Loftus on December 29, 1987, up to 2009 when they divorced. They have two children together. He then married Deanna Marie White on October 18, 2012, after divorcing Nancy. He currently does not have any child with his current spouse.
John Quiñones Son
His three children from his first marriage are Julian Quiñones, Nicco Quiñones, and Andrea Quiñones. He currently resides in his penthouse in Manhattan, New York, with his second wife and kids.
John Quiñones Young
The birthplace of Quiñones is San Antonio, TX. He is both a fifth-generation Mexican-American and a fifth-generation San Antonian. Growing up in a Spanish-speaking family, Quiñones did not acquire English language skills until he enrolled in school at the age of six. His father was fired from his janitorial job when he was thirteen years old, and the family then joined a caravan of migrant farmworkers headed to Traverse City, Michigan, to pick cherries. The Quiñones family took the migrant route to farm tomatoes outside Toledo, Ohio later that summer.
John Quiñones Social Media Platform
Quinones is very active on his Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook pages. He has 50.1k followers on Twitter 38.7k followers on Instagram, and 39k followers on Facebook.