John experienced the transformative power of education firsthand at age 13, when his family moved from Bayamón, Puerto Rico to Florida’s Tampa Bay area. The timing of the move coincided with the start of John’s high school career, and the purpose was to significantly widen his college and career opportunities.
John earned a degree in journalism at the University of Florida and subsequently returned to the Tampa Bay area, where he worked as a newspaper reporter for 10 years. During his time with The Tampa Tribune and The Ledger in Hillsborough and Polk counties, John wrote for daily and weekly publications while covering a variety of beats, including education, business/consumer affairs, sports, city government, entertainment, and politics.
In addition to honing his storytelling skills on a variety of topics during his reporter days, John spent six years as the communications manager for Florida College Access Network, where he spearheaded FCAN’s communications strategies, produced written and audio/visual content for the organization’s website, and managed FCAN’s website and social media pages.
Learning new things and figuring out if there’s a more effective way to do the things he already knows how to do.
John is a movie nerd who enjoys (over)thinking and writing about films and TV. He also enjoys traveling the world with his wife Katie – especially via cruise – and then coming home to their corgis and tortoise. John has enjoyed cooking, singing along to cheesy songs, swing dancing, and washing dishes by hand for a while now, and he’s more recently gotten into gardening, pottery, and dog sports with his puppy.
John earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Florida.