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Emmy winner to speak at Tennessee Tech University

Emmy winning ABC anchor and correspondent John Quinones will speak Sept. 22 at Tennessee Tech University about overcoming adversity, pursuing dreams and responding to the mistreatment of others.

Quinones is a seven-time Emmy winner who has worked for ABC News for more than 30 years. In that role, he was the anchor of the special “Latin Beat,” about talented Latino/as in the United States and the impact of immigration from that region on the country. He is the co-anchor of ABC’s Primetime and anchor of its series “What Would You Do?”

He is the author of “What Would You Do: Words of Wisdom about Doing the Right Thing.” The book follows the trajectory of his work on the ABC series and encourages people to look at how we as individuals and as a nation respond to injustice.

Quinones will speak at TTU at 7 p.m. in Derryberry Hall Auditorium.

He was the first of more than 2,000 journalists to get an interview with a survivor of the 2010 mining disaster in Chile. He followed would-be immigrants from Mexico as they tried to cross the devil’s highway, a perilous route through the desert of southern Arizona.

Quinones grew up in a poor family of migrant workers and went on, through a combination of education and hard work, to become ABC’s first Latino correspondent.

His talk is sponsored by TTU’s Center Stage series, which is made possible by the university’s general education fund. It is free and open to the public.

Derryberry Hall is located at 1 Wm. L. Jones Drive in Cookeville.