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DePaul honors veteran broadcaster John Quiñones at annual journalism awards

DePaul alumna Rachel Hinton and former TV executive Marty Wilke also recognized

DePaul University's Center for Journalism Integrity & Excellence celebrated journalistic achievement and mentorship at its annual luncheon on April 25.  

The event, which took place at the Union League of Chicago, was hosted by Carol Marin and Don Moseley, co-directors of the Center for Journalism Integrity & Excellence​

“I was asked last week on a podcast, ‘Are you optimistic about the future of journalism?’” Marin says. “I said, ‘Absolutely.’ I feel like a mom, because I cannot tell you how proud we are.” ​

The 2024 Distinguished Journalist Award was presented to John Quiñones, the Emmy-winning ABC News correspondent known for his impactful reporting on programs like Primetime Live and 20/20. Over his 33-year tenure at ABC, Quiñones has covered major stories like the 2010 Chilean mining accident and sexual assault in the military. 

The Distinguished Alumna Award was awarded to 2017 graduate Rachel Hinton, who has quickly made a name for herself in the Chicago journalism scene. After working at the Chicago Sun-Times, she is now an investigative reporter at Block Club Chicago. Hinton was recognized for her professional accomplishments and dedication to mentoring current DePaul students.   

Marty Wilke, a trailblazing former television executive, received the Distinguished Mentor Award. Wilke has been a strong supporter of DePaul students through scholarships, internships and mentorship. Wilke was the first woman to serve as general manager at WGN-TV and president of WBBM-TV, where she prioritized community engagement. 

The​ ceremony highlighted the Center's mission to prepare students for investigative journalism careers. Since 2016, the Center has provided experiential learning opportunities by embedding students in the reporting process alongside veteran journalists. 

To learn more about the Center for Journalism Integrity & Excellence, visit the website here