I’m the eldest of four children – yes, that’s me at my First Christmas with Dad and Mom – born to a father from Texas and a mother from Barcelona. I grew up in a small town in southern Pennsylvania, and attended the local Catholic schools. I went on to earn my undergraduate degree at Georgetown, my J.D. at Notre Dame, and my Master’s at Sotheby’s Institute in London. Since 2002 I have lived and worked in Washington, D.C.
My experience with media continues to grow, and over the past few years I have been lucky enough to gain experience in blogging, social media, podcasting, videocasting, television, and public speaking. In 2008 I began my primary blog, the “Blog of the Courtier”, where I write about about cultural and societal topics several days a week. The following year, I began a side project called “Catholic Barcelona”, which has eighty separate entries about the city of Barcelona’s historic churches, monasteries, and chapels, in English, which has been a resource for many people around the world visiting that city. And in 2012, I became a co-host of the weekly “Catholic Weekend” show on SQPN, the Star Quest Production Network, discussing news of the day and everyday life from a Catholic perspective.
In 2013 I appeared on international television for the first time, as a panelist on BBC World News discussing the election of Pope Francis. I was invited to live-tweet the Media Research Center’s annual William F. Buckley Awards Gala here in Washington, and hosted the closing panel discussion of the annual Catholic New Media Conference, which was held in Boston this past year. And by way of complete contrast, I was also voted #11 in the “Top 20 Sexiest Men in Conservative New Media” for 2013 by a panel of prominent conservative female journalists and activists.
So far in 2014, I was honored to be asked to live-tweet the annual Red White and Blue Gala here in Washington, on behalf of the evening’s hosts the American Principles Project. And after two years on the air, I decided after much reflection to step down as a co-host of the Catholic Weekend show to pursue other projects, although I remain close and grateful to the people at SQPN for having taught me so much. I will most likely find myself back on the air again when the right opportunity comes along, as I do enjoy the broadcast medium, whether on-air or online. And recently, for the fourth time, the editors at WordPress selected one of my blog posts to feature on their “Freshly Pressed” page, as being particularly worth reading and sharing.