Politics is the meshing of power, fame and money. Fernando Espuelas dissects the most important political and world events, sharing insightful analysis and commentary that connects the dots. From Washington, D.C., Espuelas tells the story behind the story, with access to the key national players making the decisions that impact our lives. A political junkie, addicted to news and always super direct, Espuelas sparks forward the political debate.
Fernando Espuelas is a political journalist working in broadcast, digital and print media. He has contributed to The Hill, CBS News, NPR News, Huffington Post, FoxLatino, Hearst Television, Univision TV and Radio, La Opinión, and many other platforms. Espuelas was the host and producer of the national politics TV show Matter of Fact with Fernando Espuelas. Produced and distributed by Hearst Television and Sony Pictures Television, Matter of Fact with Fernando Espuelas became the No. 1 new national weekend show and a top-five national Sunday newsmaker show, according to Nielsen ratings data. Espuelas is the first American Latino to host a mainstream national TV Sunday politics program. Espuelas was previously host and managing editor of the national, bilingual radio talk show Fernando Espuelas. The program was broadcast daily first from Los Angeles and then from Washington, D.C. by Univision Radio. Because of the show’s impact, Espuelas was named by PODER Magazine one of “The Nation’s 100 Most Influential Hispanics.” He is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute. Espuelas’ endeavors have earned him worldwide recognition. Time magazine and CNN named him one of the “Leaders of the Millennium,” and Crain’s New York Business magazine gave him its “All Star” leader award. Espuelas was also a recipient of Latin Trade Magazine’s Bravo award for Internet CEO of the Year. The World Economic Forum chose him as a “Global Leader of Tomorrow.” The U.S. Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC) included Espuelas in its HITEC 100, the list of “Most Influential Hispanics and Rising Stars in Information Technology.” Espuelas co-founded and was Chairman and CEO of StarMedia, a pioneering Internet media company for Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking audiences worldwide. StarMedia led the way in the development of the Latin American Internet industry, including raising the first dollar of venture funding and first IPO for a Latin Internet company. Among other innovations, Espuelas led the launch of the first Internet video news channel with CBS News. Prior to founding StarMedia, Espuelas was the Managing Director of Marketing Communications at AT&T Latin America. There he conceived and launched AT&T’s first online service across the region, AT&T Hola, while leading the roll-out of the AT&T brand throughout Latin America. Before AT&T, Espuelas held various senior positions at Ogilvy & Mather in both the United States and Latin America. Espuelas also worked in account management positions at WPP advertising agencies in New York. Espuelas co-founded and served as Chairman of the StarMedia Foundation, that in an alliance with the Inter-American Development Bank and Microsoft, helped fund and built more than 150 technology schools in undeveloped neighborhoods of Brazil, Colombia, and Uruguay. He also served on the Board of Directors at the Educational Broadcasting Corporation (owner of PBS flagship station Thirteen), as well as on the Board of Trustees of Connecticut College. Espuelas was elected to the Board of Directors of Parent Revolution, a non-profit public school advocacy group working to drive education reform across the nation. He was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Wesley School. Espuelas received a B.A. in History with Distinction from Connecticut College.