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Exploring Boundaries

Twice Emmy-Nominated Director and Journalist. Fellow at the Explorers Club. Senior Producer of National Geographic Explorer.

Director of @NatGeo's Warlords of Ivory

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Intro


Exploring Boundaries

Twice Emmy-Nominated Director and Journalist. Fellow at the Explorers Club. Senior Producer of National Geographic Explorer.

Director of @NatGeo's Warlords of Ivory



JJ Kelley

Journalist and Filmmaker

J.J. Kelley is a twice Emmy-nominated Director, and Senior Producer at Explorer, National Geographic's flagship documentary series. He is also a fellow at the Explorers Club in New York. Kelley received the 2016 Conservation Achievement for Media and Film Award from TUSK and the 2014 Best Short Film winner at the Blue Ocean Film Festival for GYRE, a National Geographic documentary he directed on the mounting tragedy of ocean trash killing wildlife. He’s also the winner of the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival’s Best Conservation Film for Battle for the Elephants, a 1-hour NGTV-PBS special on brutal slaughter of African elephants for their tusks, fueled largely by China’s demand for ivory. 

Kelley is the director of Emmy-nominated documentary Warlords of Ivory, the premiere episode of National Geographic Channel’s newly re-launched Explorer series. He is a reporter for National Geographic’s new Investigation Explorer, and he regularly produces short films for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service highlighting their endangered species programs.  His work has appeared on The National Geographic Channel, NOVA, The New York Times, Outside Television, and PBS.  

An avid adventurer, Kelley paddled 1,400-miles from Alaska to Seattle in a homemade kayak (in the feature documentary Paddle to Seattle), paddled the full length of India’s River Ganges (the subject of his documentary Go Ganges!), is a 2,300-mile Appalachian Trail Thru-hiker, and biked 1,300 miles along the path of the Alaska Pipeline. Recognized for bringing a unique mix of humor and grit to his storytelling, he regularly appears as a guest on National Geographic Weekend and recently starred in a television commercial for Nature Valley.


Films

National Geographic Explorer:

Warlords of Ivory

The Explorer's Project: 

Brazil's Stolen Species

National Geographic News:

Can We Save These Rare Toads

National Geographic:

Photographing the Grand Canyon from Space

National Geographic Investigation: 

Death of The Exxon Killer Whales

PBS 1 Hour Special:

Battle for the Elephants

National Geographic News:

Once Thought Extinct

PBS Feature Documentary:

Alaska to Seattle by Kayak

National Geographic Special:

Ocean Trash Killing Wildlife

National Geographic News:

U.S. Crushes Ivory to Save Elephants

Outside Television Feature Documentary:

India's Sacred River

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@JJKelleyExplores


@JJKelleyExplores


Instagram

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@JJKelleyTravels on Twitter


@JJKelleyTravels on Twitter


Twitter

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Wildlife Crime


Kelley is the director of Warlords of Ivory, the premiere episode of National Geographic Channel’s newly re-launched Explorer series.

"His team saw human remains, park rangers protecting their animals with a few AK-47s and limited ammo, and ravaged children. But the shocking imagery pushed them to continue their reporting"
USA Today

Warlords of Ivory Website

Wildlife Crime


Kelley is the director of Warlords of Ivory, the premiere episode of National Geographic Channel’s newly re-launched Explorer series.

"His team saw human remains, park rangers protecting their animals with a few AK-47s and limited ammo, and ravaged children. But the shocking imagery pushed them to continue their reporting"
USA Today

Warlords of Ivory Website

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Exploration


National Geographic Correspondent, Kelley paddled 1,400-miles from Alaska to Seattle in a homemade kayak , paddled the full length of India’s River Ganges, is a 2,300-mile Appalachian Trail Thru-hiker, and biked 1,300 miles along the path of the Alaska Pipeline.

See the Exploration Films

Exploration


National Geographic Correspondent, Kelley paddled 1,400-miles from Alaska to Seattle in a homemade kayak , paddled the full length of India’s River Ganges, is a 2,300-mile Appalachian Trail Thru-hiker, and biked 1,300 miles along the path of the Alaska Pipeline.

See the Exploration Films

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Work


Kelley's work has appeared on The National Geographic Channel, NOVA, The New York Times, Outside Television, and PBS. 

Bio

Work


Kelley's work has appeared on The National Geographic Channel, NOVA, The New York Times, Outside Television, and PBS. 

Bio