John Quinones, veteran ABC reporter and host of the program “What Would You Do?” will serve as Lifespan’s 2020 Celebration of Aging keynote speaker, the agency announced Monday. The annual event will be held March 26 at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center.
Quinones’ news career spans more than three decades. He joined ABC in 1982 as a general assignment correspondent providing reports for ABC World News Tonight. He spent nearly a decade in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Panama and anchored Primetime.
Now in its 11th season, “What Would You Do?” uses hidden cameras to observe ordinary people who are confronted with incidents that require them either to take action or walk away. Quinones then confronts and comments on the situations.
“We’ve all been there. You’re out shopping or taking a stroll in the park or about to order dinner at a restaurant, and suddenly, something disturbing happens right in front of you. And that little voice in the back of your head says, ‘Do Something!’ Do you step in or step away?” Quinones said of the show’s premise. “It’s inspiring to see the good nature and sometimes heroism of people just going about their day. It restores our faith in humanity … at a time when we need that more than ever.”
A Latino, Quinones grew up poor in San Antonio, Texas. In his quest to become a television news correspondent, he broke through barriers, and would go on to receive seven Emmy Awards.
The Lifespan Celebration of Aging, co-chaired by John and Lauren Doyle, highlights older adults who are breaking stereotypical myths about aging through its Second-Half Heroes Awards. Honorees are role models for how they are taking on the opportunities of longer life.
The event typically is attended by more than 1,000 people. Doyle Security Systems and Medical Monitoring is the premier sponsor of the event.
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