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Intro


Exploring Boundaries

Explorer, Host and Emmy Nominated Director

National Geographic Correspondent

Host of Travel Channel’s “Off The Map”

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Intro


Exploring Boundaries

Explorer, Host and Emmy Nominated Director

National Geographic Correspondent

Host of Travel Channel’s “Off The Map”

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J.J. KELLEY

EXPLORER, HOST & DIRECTOR

J.J. Kelley is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker and explorer focusing on issues of conservation and wildlife crime. He's also the host of the Travel Channel series, "Off the Map," which investigate some of history's greatest adventures gone wrong. Three of Kelley’s documentaries have been featured on the cover of National Geographic magazine, including the Emmy-nominated “Warlords of Ivory,” and he is a producer and correspondent for National Geographic Channel’s flagship documentary series, “EXPLORER.”

From being a director on the Bering Sea’s “Deadliest Catch” to leading the exclusive coverage of the tomb of Christ being opened for the first time in 800-years, Kelley’s countless expeditions and work for National Geographic all began when he decided—at age 19—to load his pickup truck up with camping gear and drive from the lower 48 up to Seward, Alaska.

An avid adventurer, J.J. is an Appalachian Trail Thru-hiker and has biked the length of Alaska to the Arctic Ocean, paddled from Alaska to Seattle in a homemade kayak, and journeyed the full length of India’s Ganges River. A fellow at the Explorers Club, Kelley’s travels have instilled a sense of protecting the planet, and he brings a unique mix of humor and grit to subjects he investigates.

J.J. is the winner of the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival’s Best Conservation Film for “Battle for the Elephants,” a NGTV-PBS special on the slaughter of African elephants for their tusks. He received the Conservation Achievement for Media and Film Award from TUSK and 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 on Alaska’s remote coastlines. His film “26 Years and Counting” exposed that the long-lasting effects of the 1989 Exxon-Valdez oil spill that now leaves a population of orca whales facing localized extinction.

Kelley’s work has appeared on National Geographic Channel, NOVA, Discovery Channels, New York Times, Outside, PBS and more.  


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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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Work


Kelley’s work has appeared on National Geographic Channel, NOVA, Discovery Channels, New York Times, Outside, PBS and more.

Work


Kelley’s work has appeared on National Geographic Channel, NOVA, Discovery Channels, New York Times, Outside, PBS and more.