Emmy winner will keynote annual Ivy Tech events
KOKOMO, Ind. – John Quiñones, whose Emmy Award-winning career includes nearly 30 years with ABC News, will be premiering the new season of his highly rated What Would You Do? TV series two days before he visits Kokomo to keynote Ivy Tech Community College’s “Doing the Dream 2016” events. Tickets for the community banquet where he will speak on Thursday, Jan. 28, are on sale through Jan. 26.
Quiñones is perhaps best known for his work on the WWYD series, which is billed as “the ultimate reality show – but this one makes you feel good about the world” and is one of the highest-rated newsmagazines in recent years. The new season will air on the ABC network at 10 p.m. Tuesday nights, starting Jan. 26.
Quiñones’ work for What Would You Do? captures the way people react when confronted with dilemmas that compel them to either take action or walk away. His most recent book – What Would You Do?: Words of Wisdom About Doing the Right Thing” – is based on lessons drawn from the show’s first 10 years on the air.
Individual tickets for the “Doing the Dream 2016” community banquet, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 28 in the Kokomo Event & Conference Center, 1500 N. Reed Road, are $50 and can be purchased online at https://ivytech.edu/kokomo/dream.html .
The “Doing the Dream” events at Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Campus are an annual celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. As part of the program’s 12th edition, Quiñones also will speak to an expected audience of more than 1,000 high school and college students at a free convocation on Friday, Jan. 29.
Quiñones will share the impact education has had on his life. A boy who worked South Texas cotton fields beside his Latino migrant worker parents and who was unable to speak a word of English when he entered first grade in San Antonio, he eventually connected with an English teacher in high school who saw something in him. He entered the federal program Upward Bound and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio and a master’s degree from the Columbia School of Journalism.
Quiñones says hardship and hunger gave him the determination to turn disadvantages into assets and he plans to challenge his audiences in Kokomo to overcome any barriers and achieve success.
To get more information about participating in the student convocation, contact Leo Studach, associate professor of science at Ivy Tech and a lead on the “Doing the Dream” activities, at 574-398-6115 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Information about the banquet is available at https://connect.ivytech.edu/events/doing-the-dream.