A longtime ABC News correspondent was in Kansas Friday. John Quinones shared his success story with a Wichita audience at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce annual meeting.
Quinones is an all-American story of hard work, dedication, and diversity that brought him success and happiness in his family life and his professional life. He is an Emmy award winning television news reporter for ABC.
Quinones was born and raised in San Antonio, TX. You've probably heard of his weekly show called "What Would You Do?" in which actors pose in different scenarios to see how real citizens would react to sometimes very uncomfortable situations.
But it's the way he overcame those odds to become the person he is today. He points out that every five years, Hispanic business grows by 31% in the United States and that Hispanics are the largest minority in the country.
"This is all part of the changing face of America and why you see people like John Quinones on national television," he says.
Quinones says he's found as a reporter that there is still much resistance to that change... To that integration of Latinos to this country.
"I am American and I am proud to be American, but I spoke no English when I was 6 years-old," he explains.
He explained a story about his first day of elementary school, when the school bell rang at about 9:30 in the morning.
"The kids run out of class and I had no idea what was going on, so I, you know, I went home," he chuckled. "It was recess!"
John Quinones has obviously come a long way since those days. His show "What Would You Do?" airs on Tuesday nights on KAKE.