Fernando Espuelas is an entrepreneur and political strategist in Washington, DC. He advises corporate leaders, governments, and prominent people across the globe as Co-Chairman of Mercury in Washington, DC.
In a wide-ranging international career spanning three decades, Espuelas has bridged the worlds of communications, technology, and politics.
Espuelas has produced and hosted top-rated national TV and radio programs, and contributed to CBS News, CNN.com, C-SPAN, FoxNews, France 24, Hearst Television & Radio, The Hill, The Huffington Post, iHeart, NPR News, MSNBC, La Opinión, Sky News, Spotify, Univision, and many other platforms.
Fernando Espuelas is a Henry Crown Fellow and Member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute.
Espuelas co-founded and was the first Chairman and CEO of StarMedia, the pioneering Internet media and technology 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 the first IPO for a Latin Internet company. The company was renowned for product innovations like the first free email service, first instant messaging system, first online TV network with CBS News, and breakthrough mobile + broadband Internet services that impacted the lives of millions of people.
Espuelas was the producer and host of national politics TV show "Matter of Fact with Fernando Espuelas." Produced and distributed by Hearst Television and Sony Pictures Television at the Newseum studios in Washington, D.C. A ratings success, "Matter of Fact with Fernando Espuelas" became the No. 1 new national weekend show on American television and a top-five national Sunday newsmaker show, according to Nielsen data. Espuelas is the first American Latino to host a mainstream national TV Sunday politics program.
Espuelas was previously the host and managing editor of the national, bilingual radio talk show "Fernando Espuelas". The top rated Latino talk-radio program in the country, the show was produced and broadcast daily from Washington by Univision Radio, on apps such as iHeart and Tunein, podcasts and streaming at univision.com.
Fernando Espuelas started his first company at North Street School in 6th grade.
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