John Quiñones, senior correspondent for ABC News and host of “What Would You Do?”, visited the Missouri State University Campus on Sept. 28. Quiñones was a keynote speaker for the MSU Public Affairs Conference.
In addition to being a speaker, he met with a select group of students before his speech. This included journalism majors and students of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. Quiñones was a member of this fraternity in college at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.
One of the students who participated in this meeting with Quiñones was The Standard’s news editor Desiree Nixon. Nixon was able to ask Quiñones many questions about journalism and get advice for students in general.
Quiñones said he was on hiatus from “What Would You Do?” and he loves talking to students so coming to MSU was the perfect opportunity for him.
“I love talking to students and communities like this,” Quiñones said. “And I love going to places where the show is so popular. But more important than that, I think that it is just talking to students and getting the message out that if I could do it then of course you can too “Because I know how important it is to have someone who has been there. It is one thing for professors to teach you that, or try to, but it is quite something else to hear it from someone who has done it themselves.”
In the meeting, Quiñones explained he was able to go to college as part of a government program called Upward Bound. This program is available for first-generation college students. In addition to Quiñones’ parents not going to college, he learned English as a second language.
“Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree,” the US Department of Education said. “The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.”
In addition to talking about himself, Quiñones was able to talk about the journalism profession as a whole. When The Standard reporter Greta Cross asked him how he decompresses each day after covering such hard news, he said that he knows it is for the greater good.
Quiñones said even though a story may make the reporter and camera crew sad it can bring real change. Someone could see that story and donate millions of dollars to fix the problem.
Nixon said that she thought Quiñones’s meeting was a valuable experience. He was able to offer insight into the profession that no one at MSU can.
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