Christian is an award-winning former investigative journalist specializing in public records research and data reporting.

Prior to Quinlan, he spent four years as a research consultant to clients in venture capital, law, technology, strategic communications and politics, for whom he conducted deep, cross-border investigations into political corruption, foreign oligarchs, organized crime groups and multinational corporations. In 2018, he was awarded the John S. Knight Fellowship at Stanford University for innovation in data journalism after he and a colleague trained a computer to analyze aggregate radar and other flight data to find and track spy planes. Christian holds a Master of Journalism degree from the University of California, Berkeley.