Expedition Unknown unites the world's mysteries with a few host-related certainties: Josh Gates wears the same shirt for days. He'll eat the sketchiest food he can find. And he will scare the $%@# out of his audience at least once an hour.
TV Host and Travel Expert
Josh Gates is an adventurer and avid explorer whose unique brand of humor and deep-rooted passion for off-the-map adventure takes him to the farthest corners of the world. Travel Channel’s Expedition Unknown chronicles Gates’ adventures as he sets out on a global journey to find the truth behind captivating and iconic unsolved legends, such as the truth behind D.B. Cooper’s infamous skyjacking, a hunt for the lost tombs of the Mayan Snake Kings in Guatemala and a quest to reveal the true identity of Nefertiti in Egypt. In the multi-part specials, Expedition Unknown: Hunt for the Yeti and Expedition Unknown: Hunt for Extraterrestrials, Gates tackles larger-than-life stories, searching for the real story behind the abominable snowman and scientific evidence that life could exist on other planets. In his newest series, Legendary Locations, Gates shares the epic tales and secrets of the most storied places on earth, showcasing the ancient legends and folklore that made them famous.
An avid scuba diver and photographer, Gates has participated in sub-sea archaeological excavations in the Mediterranean, and his wanderlust has taken him to over 110 counties 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.
In 2016, Gates won ‘Best Host’ in the CableFax Program Awards for Expedition Unknown, and the series also took home the ‘Best Educational/Instructional Show’ award and in 2018, a Cynopsis TV Award for ‘Best Reality Series – Travel.’ He holds degrees from Tufts University in Archaeology and Drama and is a member of The Explorers Club – a prestigious organization dedicated to the advancement of exploration and field research. Gates also serves as a general trustee on the governing board of the Archaeological Institute of America.
Travel Channel currently airs episodes of Gates’ popular series, Josh Gates’ Destination Truth. Gates has also served as host of Travel Channel’s Josh Gates: After Dark and co-host of The Trip: 2016. He has appeared on the TODAY Show, CNN and a variety of other national television and radio programs. Gates’ travels are chronicled in his bestselling book, Destination Truth: Memoirs of a Monster Hunter (Simon & Schuster, 2011).
Gates currently resides with his wife and children in Los Angeles, Calif., and on airport floors around the world.