Quiñones has won seven national Emmy Awards for his “Primetime Live,” “Burning Questions,” and “20/20” work. Much of that work has included headline-grabbing stories around the globe involving Latinos.
While Quiñones was covering the Chilean mine collapse disaster in 2010, he was the first journalist to get an exclusive interview with the first survivor, Mario Sepulveda, who spoke about their horrendous ordeal. He was one of 33 miners who survived for a record 69 days deep underground before their rescue.
Other assignments include Quiñones following along with a group of would-be Mexican immigrants as they attempted to cross into the U.S. via the treacherous route known as “The Devil's Highway”; an exclusive with singer/actor Marc Anthony who, for the first time, spoke about his separation and pending divorce from Jennifer López; and anchoring a 1999 critically-acclaimed special entitled “Latin Beat,” focusing on the wave of Latin talent sweeping the U.S., the impact of the recent population explosion and how it will affect the nation as a whole. He was awarded an ALMA Award from the National Council of La Raza for that special report.
Quiñones spend the better part of a decade in Central America reporting on political and economic turmoil in Argentina and civil war in El Salvador. During the 1980s, he also spent time in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Panama reporting for “World News Tonight.”
Prior to joining ABC News, Quiñones was a reporter with WBBM-TV in Chicago and worked as a journalist in Houston. He won two Emmy Awards for his 1980 reporting on the plight of undocumented immigrants from México. Quiñones received a bachelor of arts in speech communications from St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas. He received a master’s from the Columbia School of Journalism.