John Quiñones to speak at Ball State as part of the Letterman Lecture Series


Award-winning journalist and author John Quiñones will be the next featured speaker at the David Letterman’s Distinguished Professional Lecture and Workshop Series at Ball State University.

Lecture by Mr. Quiñones, “From Barrio to Network TV: The Power of Never Taking ‘No’ for an Answer,” is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. April 11 at Pruis Hall. The conference is free and open to the public, but general admission tickets are required to attend this event. Ticket information is available at Ball State University Online Events Calendar.

Mr. Quiñones career highlights include 33 years at ABC News– which includes time at the anchor offices of TV News “20/20” and “Primetime” magazines, hosting the TV show, What would you do?and wrote his latest book,What would you do? Words of wisdom about doing the right thing.” He has won seven National Emmy Awards for his reporting over the years. Among his other accolades are a Life Achievement Award of the National Hispanic Media Coalition, and a Guerra Lifetime Achievement Award of the Hispanic Journalists Association of San Antonio.

During Mr. Quiñones’ visit to the Ball State campus on April 11, he will also engage with students in workshops within the College of Communication, Information and Media (CCIM).

“We look forward to welcoming Mr. Quiñones to Ball State as the next guest in David Letterman’s Distinguished Professional Lecture and Workshop Series. It promises to be an inspiring and empowering event,” said Dr Paaige Turner, Dean of the CCIM. “Mr. Quiñones is a true pioneer in the field of network information and his work has touched so many people. We are fortunate that he is willing to share some of his experiences and insights with our students, the campus community at large and the general public.

The David Letterman Distinguished Professional Lecture and Workshop Series was established in 2008 through a generous gift from Mr. Letterman, graduated from Ball State in 1969. The series brings major figures from business, media, and academia to campus to engage students in discussions about the latest communication issues, emerging media, and cultural forces shaping our society.

Guests included legendary news anchor Ted Koppel, Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts, innovator Tom Kelley and public policy expert Kathleen Hall Jamieson. Mr. Letterman has personally invited and hosted conversations with media icon and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, MSNBC primetime host Rachel Maddow, and filmmakers Spike Jonze and Bennett Miller.


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