I am the former host of Consumer 101, a nationally broadcast family show which aired on NBC and Telemundo for two seasons. It was the first-ever television show from Consumer Reports and I'm happy I got to make history with such a great institution.

Amongst some of my great joys is sharing my multi-media expertise as an adjunct professor at Montclair State University where I teach entertainment journalism. Gen Z's are no joke.

I currently host an Apple Featured Latinx pop culture podcast called Highly Relevant, and Brown & Black with my colleague Mike Sargent. On 'Highly Relevant,' I converse with the top Latinx names about the challenges and triumphs of living a bilingual and bicultural life in Hollywood. I've gone one on one with Robert Rodriguez, Juanes, Javier Bardem, Alfonso Cuarón, Kate del Castillo, Tanya Saracho, and more. On 'Brown & Black,' Mike and I distill our professional opinions on race and pop culture and how it affects Latinos and Blacks in the media and entertainment we consume. I think they are both a great listen.

Because I have such an intense curiosity for how film, television, media and pop culture work, life led me to appear six years on the TODAY show, four years on VH1's morning show 'Big Morning Buzz', as well as many guest invites on Univision, Telemundo, E!, and MSNBC. I also appeared for seven years on Univision Radio's 'Luis Jimenez Show' and People En Español magazine, and was contributor-at-large at NBCNews.com. I also have moderated Hollywood studio Q&A panels with Jessica Chastain, Gael Garcia Bernal, and many other luminaries. Yes, I am very blessed. I am also an adjunct professor at Montclair State University where I teach entertainment journalism 

I built my own Latinx pop culture website which is called ShowBizCafe.com. It's a place for me to explore and detail my opinions on the mainstream and the Latinx entertainment scene. You know... the stuff that makes us think, dance and be happy. There is also a new website I am launching in 2021 that will be timely and enlightening.

New York City is my birthplace and hometown. I achieved some proud milestones in this city: in 1999, I became one of the founding anchors of Univision’s first Spanish-language morning newscast, and created ¡Viva Broadway! the first Hispanic initiative of The Broadway League.

I have been honored by the Associated Press, been the recipient of El Diario's 'EL' Award as well as a Latin Ace Award and have been honored by the New York Knicks at MSG. I am a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the largest film critic organization in the United States, and the New York Film Critics Online.

“They say that the best thing in life is to marry the thing you’re the best at with the thing you love the most.” - JR


I've done many on-screen appearances in my career, here are some of the more memorable ones.


(L to R: Hoda & Kathie Lee, Consumer 101, Megyn Kelly, Nick Lachey, NBCNews.com, MSNBC, Fusion, NY1, Arise Network, moderating Jessica Chastain, Josh Radnor, HBO Latino)


(L to R: People En Español Magazine, ShowBizCafe.com, NBCNews.com, VarietyLatino)

I host the Apple featured Highly Relevant podcast. A Latinx pop culture show whose premise is to identify and explain how Latinx creatives are influencing and reshaping American pop culture. I do that by speaking with the most highly relevant newsmakers of the week, along with the nation's most respected and influential journalists about what they see and why it matters. You can expect incisive and insightful commentary, thought-provoking interviews and curated recommendations about what you should watch, read and listen to. This is a podcast for people who want an inside glimpse at what American pop culture really looks like in 2020. Have a listen via iTunes, Spotify Amazon Music, iHeart Radio, or Pandora, and of course, all in your phone 🎧!

My Podcast Guests

Guests of the podcast (L to R: Director Sebatian Lelio, Mark Consuelos, Juanes, Dolores Huerta, Coco's Adrian Molina to name a few)

Much like 'Highly Relevant,' our Brown & Black podcast has also achieved national attention. We were featured on Forbes.com and we couldn't be more excited for the future of both diverse podcasts. Take a listen via iTunes, SpotifyAmazon Music, iHeart Radio or Pandora, and of course, all in your phone 🎧!


Let's connect!

If you'd like a look at my most recent work (interviews, think pieces, podcast shows), you can request that in the email below.

Email: jrico@showbizcafe.com

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