What would you do? That is the question asked of viewers who tune into the hit television series of the same name, which uses hidden cameras to record actors portraying scenes of conflict or illegal activity in public settings, and how ordinary people behave when they are confronted with situations that require them to either intervene or look the other way.
Recently, the host of that show, ABC News journalist John Quiñones, made an appearance at the Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt bookstore in Nashville, to sign copies of his new book, What Would You Do?: Words of Wisdom About Doing the Right Thing. Quiñones participated in a brief Q&A session with the audience, followed by a book signing.
Juan “John” Quiñones grew up in a tough, Spanish-speaking neighborhood in San Antonio, Texas and, at his father’s urging, sought a better life through education. At St. Mary’s University in San Antonio he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication, before going on to earn a master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of Journalism.
After holding news positions in Houston, he rose to prominence as a reporter at WBBM-TV, the CBS affiliate in Chicago before joining ABC News as a Network Reporter in 1982. He has since regularly appeared in segments for such programs as 20/20, Good Morning America, World News with Diane Sawyer and Nightline.
Quiñones has earned a Peabody Award, along with seven Emmy Awards, but he is perhaps now best known for hosting ABC’s What Would You Do? The show, which recently finished its 10th season, presents viewers a peek, through hidden cameras, of how people will react to each staged situation. “Just when we think no one is going to do the right thing, after waiting all day, along comes a hero,” he told listeners. “And oftentimes, it’s not who you would expect.”