I was born in California and raised in northern Virginia just outside of Washington, DC. I graduated from the University of Virginia where I managed student run radio station WUVA.
I’ve been married for 22 years to my wife Cheryl, a television producer and former morning rock radio personality. We have one 20 year old daughter, Alexis, who is a junior at Purdue University in Indiana. The O'Brien family also includes Sunflower the horse (who lives in Indiana with Alexis) and Benson the miniature schnauzer.
In my free time, I enjoy being outdoors; traveling and exploring new locations; meeting new people; good food (and beer and wine) and SCUBA diving. My wife Cheryl is also optimistically considering taking up skiing after a 30 year hiatus. I am more realistic and will be found in the ski lodge.