Texas Border Business
|By Arnold Gonzalez |
RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TX – John Quiñones, an ABC News veteran, and creator and host of the highly-rated What Would You Do?, will serve as the first speaker of UTRGV’s 2021-2022 Distinguished Speaker Series (DSS) on Tuesday, Sep. 21.
|The in-person event, hosted by UTRGV Student Activities, will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the TSC Performing Arts Center in Brownsville. A lifetime of “never taking no for an answer” took Quiñones out of poverty to a more than 30-year career at ABC Newsand the anchor desk at 20/20 and Primetime. Along the way, he broke through barriers, won the highest accolades and became a role model for many. Now in its 14thseason, What Would You Do? – a hidden-camera ethical dilemma newsmagazine – has made Quiñones “the face of doing the right thing” for millions of fans. |
“This year’s series will be a combination of in-person and virtual events,” said Cindy Mata, director of UTRGV Student Activities. “We noted that last year’s virtual events were a huge success with our student body, and we want to continue bringing that to them. However, we don’t want to lose the connection that in-person events bring to the university.”
|Mata said Quiñones’ moving life story, along with his thought-provoking insight into human nature and ethical behavior, made him the ideal speaker to open the DSS series. |
“His story is one that can resonate with our student body,” Mata said. “He has a similar upbringing to many of our students, and his story can inspire our students to continue looking ahead and achieving their goals.”