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February 2, 2024 /
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Center co-directors Carol Marin and Don Moseley will present the awards at
a luncheon on April 25.
‘Persistence, passion, talent and grace’
With seven Emmys for his work on “Primetime Live,” “Burning Questions” and
“20/20,” Quiñones sets a high bar for investigative journalism.
“John is the embodiment of all that DePaul and our students stand for:
persistence, passion, talent and grace,” says Marin.
Quiñones started his career as a radio news editor in Houston before moving
to WBBM-TV in Chicago. Marin worked across the street at NBC Chicago. “I
have been watching him all these years as he has risen, realizing he never
once forgot where he came from,” Marin says.
After becoming a general assignment correspondent in Miami, Quiñones began
what would become a 33-year tenure at ABC News. His impactful
reporting on Fort Hood soldier Vannessa Guillen
contributed to the passing of the “I am Vanessa Guillen” bill, which
strengthened investigations into sexual assault and harassment in the
military. He also covered the 2010 Chilean mining accident, revealed
nationwide insurance scams, and shared the story of a young man travelling
to Colombia to reunite with his birth mother.
Previous recipients of the Distinguished Journalist Award include “PBS News
Hour” anchor Judy Woodruff; “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker;
Chicago news anchor Ron Magers; Lester Holt of “NBC Nightly News;” Jane
Pauley of “CBS Sunday Morning;” and Dean Baquet of The New York Times.
“I am incredibly honored and humbled. I am in awe of the distinguished
journalists who have come before me, and it fills my heart with great
humility and pride to join their ranks,” Quiñones says. “Who would have
thought when I began my career as a rookie reporter on the streets of
Chicago that I would one day be awarded such a prestigious tribute?”
Hinton excels in journalism, stays connected to her community
After graduating from DePaul with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism in 2017,
Rachel Hinton hit the ground running in the industry. She worked at the
Chicago Sun-Times for over four years, becoming chief political reporter.
Hinton is now an investigative reporter at Block Club Chicago.
While studying at DePaul, Hinton was an editor for The DePaulia, winning
two Associated Collegiate Press awards for her work at the student
publication. She served as president of DePaul’s chapter of the Society of
Professional Journalists and a peer writing tutor at the writing center.
"My time at DePaul acted as a launch pad for my career in journalism,” says
Hinton. “My classes and time at The DePaulia are the building blocks of my
Hinton is being honored with the Distinguished Alumna award for her
outstanding work and commitment to supporting current journalism students.
“Rachel’s talent at investigative reporting is matched by her willingness
to help students follow in her footsteps, and for that everyone at DePaul
is grateful,” Moseley says.
Previous recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award are Sally Ramirez ;
KARE-TV reporter Heidi Wigdahl; Jeremy Gorner of the Chicago Tribune; Ben
Welsh of the Los Angeles Times; Ann Pistone of ABC7 Chicago and Lourdes
Duarte of WGN-TV.
“It's exciting to receive this honor a few years after graduating and to
still be involved with the journalism department to guide and support the
next batch of journalists who will enter this field,” says Hinton.
Mentorship as a guiding principle
Mentorship is a cornerstone of the Center for Journalism Integrity and
Excellence's goals, and why Marin and Moseley are excited to honor Wilke.
In more than two decades of working in television, Wilke pushes journalists
out of their comfort zone and make news accessible. She was the first woman
to be general manager of WGN-TV and president of WBBM-TV. Under her
leadership, the Chicago television stations have become more connected to
their community, with increased viewership and revenue.
"Mentoring has been a guiding principle in my role as a leader,” says
Wilke. “The distinction of being recognized as a Distinguished Mentor is a
Wilke was a speaker at the College of Communication’s 2017 commencement
ceremony and continues to serve the college as a chair on the Dean’s
“I extend this tribute to my mentors — individuals whose invaluable
guidance, support, and encouragement have instilled in me the value of
giving back to others,” Wilke says.
Newton Minow, widely known as the former Chairman of the Federal
Communications Commission, was the first Distinguished Mentor Award winner
The Center for Journalism Integrity & Excellence
A longtime investigative reporting and producing team, Marin and Moseley
have mentored more than 50 DePaul students since 2003, showing them the
ropes of investigative journalism. In 2016, DePaul launched the Center for
Journalism Integrity & Excellence in the College of Communication with
Marin and Moseley as co-directors to provide students with more
opportunities to gain real-world experience. For more information about the
center, visit http://bit.ly/CJIEDPU.