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ABC News Veteran, ‘What Would You Do?’ Host, John Quiñones, to Visit UCM

By Jeff Murphy, February 8, 2022

ABC News veteran of more than 30 years, John Quiñones, will speak at the University of Central Missouri Feb. 23.

WARRENSBURG, MO – John Quiñones, ABC News veteran and creator and host of the popular “What Would You Do?” nationally televised program, will speak at the University of Central Missouri Wednesday, Feb. 23. His free presentation, made possible by the Center for Multiculturalism and Inclusivity, is open to the public and is the first talk in what the center hopes will become many conversations with distinguished visitors to UCM in the months ahead. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend this event at 7 p.m. in Nahm Auditorium, located in the W.C. Morris Science Building.

During his visit to UCM, Quiñones, who is a strong advocate for the life-changing power of education, will make a presentation designed to enrich and support the student experience, and promote the campus as a place of ideas. A role model to many, he has an inspirational story, having come from migrant farm work and poverty to a career of more than 30 years with ABC News, including serving at the anchor desk at “20/20” and “Primetime.” Throughout his career, he has broken many barriers and gained numerous accolades while accumulating a nationwide fan base. He is also a champion for the Latino American Dream.

Quiñones’ uplifting, powerful, inspirational messages focuses on individuals learning to believe in themselves, never giving up, and always doing the right thing. For 14 seasons, he has sought to instill these values among millions of people who watch the highly-rated “What Would You Do?” program that uses a hidden camera to film individuals facing an ethical dilemma.

Quiñones has enthusiastically embraced this role off camera, with a popular book and keynote presentations that challenge both business and general audiences to examine the What Would You Do? moments they may face every day. This contributed to his recent recognition with the presentation of honorary doctorates from Davis & Elkins College in West Virginia and Utah Valley University.

Audience members are reminded that UCM requires masks/facial coverings during in-door events on campus. Anyone who has questions about this event is encouraged to contact the Center for Multiculturalism and Inclusivity at 660-543-8049 or the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at


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