Josh Gates

(Host - Destination Truth: Memoirs of a Monster Hunter)

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Josh Gates


For five seasons, adventurer Josh Gates has taken viewers around the world and off the map in a thrilling search for the truth behind the world's most enduring mysteries. As the host and Co-Executive Producer of the hit Syfy Channel series, Destination Truth, Josh has set foot in more than ninety countries, blending his unique brand of humor with a passion for exploration. Also, he eats very gross things and changes a lot of flat tires. Usually while swearing.

Each week, Gates and his intrepid team set out to investigate age-old legends, recent cryptozoological sightings, and paranormal reports. The groundbreaking series is regarded as one of the most globe-spanning shows on television, touching down in nearly twenty countries each season (take that, Amazing Race). The show features remote and often never-before-filmed locations, from the distant mountains of Bhutan to the cannibal jungles of Papua New Guinea.

Other expeditions include the first ever overnight filming in the infamous tomb of King Tut as well as the sprawling temple of Angkor Wat. The team also made headlines by spending an entire night in the shadow of the world's worst nuclear accident at Chernobyl. Arguably not Josh's best idea. A mysterious Yeti footprint recovered by Josh in the Himalayas is now on display at the Expedition Everest attraction at Walt Disney's Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida.

An avid scuba diver and photographer, Josh has participated in sub-sea archaeological excavations in the Mediterranean, and his wanderlust has taken him from sweltering African deserts to the icy shores of Antarctica. In addition, he has scaled the roof of Africa on Mt. Kilimanjaro, and climbed Aconcagua, the tallest mountain in the Americas. Josh holds degrees from Tufts University in Archaeology and Drama and was recently inducted into The Explorers Club, a prestigious organization dedicated to the advancement of exploration and field research. Also, they have stuffed polar bears and a lot of scotch.

For the last five years, Josh has served as the host of the immensely popular Ghost Hunters Live, in which he attempts to not freeze to death while broadcasting for six hours straight in the freezing cold. In 2011, the Halloween special made Syfy the #1 rated cable network in primetime (and made Josh the #1 human popsicle in primetime). In 2010, Josh hosted the live 100th episode of Ghost Hunters from the historic stage of Studio 8H in Rockefeller Center. He has also appeared on The Today Show, CNN, and a variety of other national television and radio programs.

More of Josh's travels are chronicled in his bestselling book, Destination Truth: Memoirs of a Monster Hunter, which was published by Simon and Schuster in 2011.

Josh currently resides in Los Angeles and on airport floors around the world.