John McQuiston has covered just about every kind of story a broadcast journalist can report -- from hard news to fluffy features and even sports. "They all come down to the same thing," John says, "telling someone's story."
John joined ABC 7 in September 2010 to anchor weekend newscasts and report during the week, and his work at ABC7 has begun to draw notice. His news anchoring earned an Emmy nomination in 2012, and he is a finalist for the Society of Professional Journalists' "Anchor of the Year" in Florida.
"It is great to see that our newscast can stack up with anyone's in the state," he says.
John has interviewed governors, U.S. senators and covered presidential visits but says his favorite stories tend to be lower profile ones, such as an interview he did with the researcher who led the first scientific study into the Atkins diet. "The greatest thing about being a reporter is that you learn something every day," he says.
John also enjoys meeting people who find ways to make their communities better and inspire others to do the same. "The best stories are the ones about individual humans that shed light on the larger humanity," he says.
John has lived in Florida since 2004 and freelance jobs for Tampa stations often brought him to Sarasota and Manatee Counties. He has also worked for stations in Cincinnati, Lexington, Ky. and Norfolk, Va.
John's DVD for aspiring broadcast journalists, "The Art of Television Storytelling," has been used as a teaching tool at colleges in several states, including the University of Florida, the University of Tampa and the University of South Florida.
WUSF-FM in Tampa has honored John for his work with its Radio Reading Service, which broadcasts readings of newspapers, magazines and other literature to blind and disabled people throughout west central Florida.