Manuel Quinones is a multimedia journalist with a keen political eye and talent for asking questions that get politicians off their prepared scripts. Fully bilingual, he reports in English and Spanish. Manuel came to Capitol News Connection in June of 2009, and has focused on covering the immigration debate and how health care reform, education and other issues and policies impact the Hispanic community. He’s also tested lawmakers’ financial knowledge, with investigations on regulation of the financial markets and government oversight of the massive Wall Street bailout. Before coming to CNC, Manuel covered the 2008 election campaign and government while at WSET-TV in Lynchburg-Roanoke, Va., and KMIZ-TV in Columbia-Jefferson City, Mo. Memorable stories include an in-depth look at illegal immigration and an award-winning report on the politics behind gas prices. Manuel has an M.A. in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a B.A. in broadcast journalism from American University, where he also completed a minor in international relations. While in college, Manuel worked and interned all over Washington, D.C., including Capitol Hill, the White House, WJLA-TV and the Washington bureau of the Belo TV stations. Manuel is originally from Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. He’s an avid reader of history and current events.