TV journalist John Quiñones to speak at Union

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Journalist and television news anchor John Quiñones will speak Thursday, Oct. 30, at 5:30 p.m. in the Nott Memorial.

His talk, “Diversity in the Media,” is part of the Presidential Forum on Diversity series. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Quiñones grew up in a poor family of migrant workers to become ABC’s first Latino correspondent and a seven-time Emmy Award winner.

He is co-anchor of the ABC newsmagazine Primetime and the sole anchor of the Primetime series, What Would You Do?

Over a 30-year career, he has reported extensively for ABC News, serving as correspondent for Primetime and 20/20. He was the first reporter at the 2010 Chilean mining disaster and rescue; he reported on a religious sect in northern Arizona that forced young female members into polygamy; and he followed a group of would-be Mexican immigrants as they attempted to cross into the U.S.

His critically-acclaimed special, Latin Beat, focused on the wave of Latin talent sweeping the U.S. and the impact of the recent Latin population explosion.

Preceding the talk at 5 p.m. is a president's reception, also open to the public.

The Presidential Forum on Diversity was established in 2006 by President Stephen C. Ainlay to bring in notable speakers on a wide range of topics that promote diversity and inclusiveness.

Previous speakers have included Eugene Robinson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Washington Post, faith leader Eboo Patel, poet Maya Angelou, journalist Soledad O'Brien, law professor Lani Guinier, Broadway star Anthony Rapp, actress Marlee Matlin and activist Morris Dees.