ABC News veteran John Quiñones speaking at USF on Wednesday night

Posted at 3:18 AM, Oct 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-26 07:04:01-04

ABC News veteran John Quiñones will speak at the University of South Florida on Wednesday night.

John Quiñones has worked for ABC News for more than thirty years. He has co-anchored Primetime and currently hosts What Would You Do? He has also reported for 20/20, Good Morning America, ABC World News Tonight at Nightline.

Quiñones is coming to Tampa to speak as part of USF's student-run University Lecture Series. Students chose him to talk for "his ability to challenge views and engage people in different scenarios and situations."

Quiñones was born in San Antonio in 1952. He did not learn English until he attended school at the age of six. When he was 13, his father lost his job and he worked as a traveling migrant farmworker with his family in Michigan and Ohio. It was during this time his father asked Quiñones if he wanted to pick tomatoes all his life.

Quiñones was determined to attend college. He participated in the federal anti-poverty program, Upward Bound, and eventually attended St. Mary's University in San Antonio. He would later earn his master's degree from Columbia University's School of Journalism.

Quinones will speak at 8:00 p.m. in Marshall Student Center's Oval Theater. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

The lecture is free and open to the public on a limited first-come, first-served basis following priority seating for USF students. For more information, visit