Explorers Kinga Philipps and J.J. Kelley investigate the world’s most fascinating and terrifying missing persons cases. From trekking deep into the Amazon jungle, to climbing a treacherous mountain in Africa, to traversing the Himalayas, they venture into the most harrowing places on the planet in search of the truth.
Kinga Philipps is a veteran journalist, writer, producer and travel expert. Born in Warsaw, Poland, Philipps grew up in a family of explorers and adventurers.Philipps began her career as an on-air correspondent for the Emmy Award-winning Current TV and went on to co-host and produce a variety of travel-adventure series for SyFy, National Geographic and EPIX. She has traveled the world reporting on intense subjects like police corruption in Mexico, gangs in Los Angeles, women in the sex trade, world conflict, natural disasters,humanitarian and environmental causes. She has also hosted programs for Travel Channel including “The Wild Side with Kinga Philipps,” “The Trip,” “Travel Hacks,” and “The Real.” Philipps has tested her limits diving, spear fishing,surfing, skydiving, spelunking and swimming with sharks. She regularly writes for a variety of travel-related columns, and her work has appeared in Travel +Leisure, Martha Stewart Weddings and Reader’s Digest. Philipps is a member of the prestigious Explorers Club and is an avid diver with a passion for the ocean. She sits on the board of nonprofit organizations Shark Allies and Now Art LA and is an ambassador for the Waves for Water organization. She is based in Malibu, California.
J.J. Kelley is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, producer, director and explorer focusing on issues of conservation and wildlife crime. His documentaries have been featured on the cover of National Geographic Magazine three times and he has served as a producer and correspondent for National Geographic’s “Explorer” series, where he led countless expeditions. An avid adventurer, Kelley is an Appalachian Trail Thru-hiker, has paddled from Alaska to Seattle in a homemade kayak, biked the length of Alaska to the Arctic Ocean 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. Kelley was awarded the Conservation Achievement for Media and Film Award from TUSK, Best Conservation Film at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and Best Short Film at the Blue Ocean Film Festival.