Born: San Antonio, Texas
Quiñones, a six-time Emmy Award winner, is a correspondent
for ABC News' Primetime Thursday who
co-anchored the newsmagazines 20/20 Downtown and Primetime
Monday. Throughout his career, he has exposed injustice
and wrongdoing around the world.
mother taught us that no matter what side of the tracks we
lived on, we could be a success at whatever we tackled. Because
of that, I never thought that I wasn't going to make it. Besides,
real success has nothing to do with money or cars or houses.
It comes from within.”
the age of twelve,Quiñones along with his family picked
cherries in Michigan and tomatoes in Ohio. He remembers kneeling
the dew at five in the morning and facing what looked like
10 miles of tomato plants. Quiñones knew then that he
wanted to do something with his life.
was always my dream to go into broadcasting. I love telling
stories. That's what I do. I'm a storyteller.”
M. Quiñones, television journalist. Photograph
by Luis Mallo, taken at a restaurant, San Antonio, Texas
joining ABC News in 1982, Quiñones has traveled the
globe, covering subjects as diverse as the Challenger disaster,
homeless children in Bogota, and the Dalai Lama. Because of
his roots, his heart remains with stories that affect his community
and culture. Still, he considers himself a “reporter who happens
to be Hispanic,” not a “Hispanic reporter.”
see myself much more as a creature of the universe, a son
of the world.
Visiting other countries, other cultures, I see how similar
we all are.”