Former ABC News journalist John Quiñones will speak at Reynolds Performance Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3.
Quiñones’ presentation will provide a motivational message on the importance believing in oneself, never giving up, and always doing the right thing. It will also focus on his journey - one that started with migrant farm work and poverty and now has him giving speeches at college graduations.
He is best known for his career of more than 30 years at ABC News and the anchor desk at “20/20” and “Primetime” as well as being the host and creator of ABC’s “What Would You Do?” - a show where actors are placed in public areas, creating scenarios of spousal abuse, discrimination, and racism, and hidden cameras film passersby to see if the unsuspecting strangers will approach the actors and “do the right thing”.
According to a press release sent out by Reynolds Performance Hall, “Combining a moving life story, an exceptional career, incomparable insights and a powerful presence, Quiñones has emerged as one of the most inspiring speakers in the world today.”
Aside from filming over 500 episodes of “What Would You Do?”, Quiñones is also a recipient of some of the highest accolades including seven Emmys for his work on “Primetime Live,” “Burning Questions” and “20/20”.
However, his career success as portrayed by awards is accompanied by his success as a role model for many - especially those who also desire to follow in his footsteps and champion the Latino American dream.
Senior Marco Ramierz, who is studying communications and public relations, and is involved with UCA’s Latino Student Associatioin, thinks the timing for the presentation couldn’t be better.
“I’m glad that UCA is bringing an individual who has made an impact in the media industry that is Hispanic and for Hispanic Heritage Month,” Ramirez said. “I’m most excited to learn about his path to success in television [and] how he was able to [become] the face of a television show.”
Some of the UCA community will also get to interact with Quiñones while he is on campus.
“This show is sponsored by, and is also in conjunction with, the chamber of commerce here in town with their [Minority Enterprise Development],” Wendy Sparks, director of marketing and finance at Reynolds, said. “They help sponsor this and they have their [awards reception] here that night in Brewer-Hegeman and [Quiñones] will speak to them for a moment too.”
Quiñones will also do a pre-scheduled meet and greet and interview with a select number of students in UCA’s journalism program after the show.
“I’m thrilled that our students and the central Arkansas community will have the opportunity to hear stories from his childhood, the challenges he overcame building his career and the lessons he’s learned through his popular television series,” Amanda Horton, director of Reynolds Performance Hall, said. “Don’t miss this event; it’s sure to touch your emotions and motivate you to do some good in the world.”
Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children, as well as for anyone of the UCA community. Tickets can be purchased at the Reynolds Box Office Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by calling UCA Ticket Central at (501) 450-3265 or toll-free at (866) 810-0012. Tickets can also be purchased online at uca.edu/Reynolds.