ABC News correspondent John Quiñones draws large crowds

Thursday, October 31, 2013 12:30:00 PM

John Quiñones, Emmy Award-winning ABC News correspondent, visited Stritch for two successful events on Oct. 24 -25.

On Thursday, Oct. 24, the Kendall Lecture Series presented “Heroes Among Us: Creating a Caring Community.” During this event, Quiñones discussed the courage and bravery it takes to stand up for those around us. Quiñones reflected upon America's can-do spirit and how, with the slightest good deed, each one of us harbors a hero within. 

Quinones with students

The seven-time Emmy Award winner is a co-anchor on ABC’s “Primetime” and the sole anchor of “What Would You Do?,” one of the highest rated newsmagazine series in recent years. During his time at ABC, Quiñones has also reported for “20/20” and recently published a book, “Heroes Among Us.”

"I found John Quiñones' keynote address both relevant and timely," said Dan Scholz, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and chair of the Kendall Lecture Series committee. "John spoke to the experiences of Mexican-Americans in the U.S., and the generosity of the American spirit.  He helped our students and our community partners come to a deeper understanding of the complex interplay between race, culture, and potential of the American dream - a true liberal arts address honoring the best of our Franciscan tradition."

Channel 12 news anchor Craig McKee served as emcee of the event, filling in for Kathy Mykleby who was unable to attend due to illness. Close to 400 people attended the presentation. 


The Kendall Lecture Series was established to honor the liberal arts tradition of the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi. It was established through the philanthropy of Nancy, ’87, and Lee, ’88, Kendall. Its purpose is to underwrite speakers of national prominence to Cardinal Stritch University. The speakers are chosen based on their ability to encourage meaningful intellectual discussion among students and the broader Milwaukee community.

"One of our core Franciscan values is creating a caring community, and it was fitting to hear from someone like John Quiñones," said Stritch President Dr. James Loftus. "He has shared the stories of so many seemingly ordinary people who rise above their challenges or circumstances and place the needs of the community above their own.  It was an inspirational evening."

A special “Everyday Heroes” alumni reception was held following the keynote address in the second floor Bonaventure Hall atrium. Stritch's own heroes -- several retiring members of the Stritch faculty and staff -- were recognized. Honorees included Paula Friedman, Pat Gilroy, Kris Hipp, Catherine Kiaie, Mary Ann Mosley, David Oswald, Gwen Rivkin, and Walt Wochos.

On Friday, Oct. 25, Quiñones spoke to a group of more 140 people at the Saint Clare Center for Catholic Life’s Forums on Faith and Work. His presentation, “What Would You Do? Integrity in the Workplace,” took place at the Italian Community Center. Quiñones shared his powerful story and lessons learned about human behavior, tendencies for good, and changing ethics in the workplace. 

Afterward, Quiñones held a town hall style Q&A with 200 First Year Experience students as well as prospective students and their families.

View additional photos from the events

Read a story in the Catholic Herald profiling Quiñones in connection with his recent visit. 

Quinones books