Aaron Sagers

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Aaron Sagers
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Sagers at the 25th anniversary luncheon for the film Eight Men Out in Manhattan
Born Orlando, Florida, United States
Education Attended New York University
Occupation presenter, entertainment journalism, pundit, political commentator, online journalism
Years active 2004–present
Title Television personality and presenter
Website Official website

Aaron Sagers is an American television presenter/personality, entertainment journalist, and expert of geek culture and paranormal media.[1] He is also a syndicated columnist, author, zombie pundit, and founder of ParanormalPopCulture.com,[2] a website which covers paranormal topics in popular culture

Sagers has been on The Today Show, is Host/Co-Executive Producer on Travel Channel's Paranormal Paparazzi (and appeared on the network's Paranormal Challenge as a celebrity guest judge), hosted a talk show for Syfy's Being Human, appeared as HBO's Game of Thrones expert for morning shows across the nation and Australia, and filmed a Travels with Dracula travel show in Transylvania (with Bram Stoker's direct descendant) -- which led to him returning to Romania for his "Vlad vs. Vlad" segments with Luke Evans supporting Universal Home Entertainment's Dracula Untold. He currently appears on the CONtv streaming network, was turned into a The Walking Dead Walker by effects guru Greg Nicotero and spent the day as a zombie, and recently hosted the filmed The Breakfast Club reunion for Universal Home Entertainment. He has appeared on CNN, MTV, BBC, HLN, Huffington Post Live, is Editor At Large for NBC Universal's Blastr website, and is listed as a resident pop culture expert for Travel Channel.[citation needed]

He travels the nation as a guest and pop culture expert for National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel/Destination America, Syfy, and Universal, and at events such as San Diego Comic-Con, New York Comic-Con, South By Southwest, and Wizard World Comic Cons.

Early life[edit]

Aaron Sagers was raised in Orlando, Florida, as the youngest Catholic son of five siblings, three older brothers and one older sister. He grew up with a love of nerd culture, and is a fan of Doctor Who, Star Wars, Indiana Jones and comic books. He also developed a love of the pop culture of his parents' and generations, such as The Twilight Zone.[citation needed]

Sagers attended Saint Margaret Mary school in Winter Park Florida before graduating to Bishop Moore High School. He then transferred to Tift County High School in Tifton Georgia before attending Flagler College in Saint Augustine Florida for his undergraduate degree. In 2002 he attended New York University to study journalism for his master of arts, where he graduated in 2004.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Sagers is currently Editor-At-Large for Blastr, which he joined in July 2014, and continues to appear on The Huffington Post, MTV, CNN and is the host and co-executive producer for Paranormal Paparazzi on the Travel Channel.[3] He has appeared with Zak Bagans (who serves as Executive Producer on Paranormal Paparazzi) as a celebrity guest judge on the Travel Channel show Paranormal Challenge,[4] worked with Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures as a lecturer at paranormal tourism events, and has appeared as a guest on Coast to Coast AM.[citation needed]

Sagers began his career in travel journalism with Budget Travel[5][6] and MSNBC and working freelance before eventually accepting a position with the Tribune Company. His work has appeared in publications such as the Chicago Tribune,[7] The Baltimore Sun,[8] The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Miami Herald, Orlando Sentinel, Orlando Weekly,[9] The Morning Call[10] and Playboy.[11] He began writing for the CNN website in 2011, and first appeared on camera with them in March 2012.[12] He has contributed to the BBC, Huffington Post Live, Playboy Radio, Sirius XM Radio and began contributing to MTV in 2013.[citation needed]

He has been a contributing author for Lonely Planet travel guides for Costa Rica, ABC-CLIO[13] reference guide on pirates in pop culture, and the H.W. Wilson Company[14] reference guide on the paranormal. Sagers was also a guest editor for the TAPS Magazine,[15] the magazine for the Syfy channel's Ghost Hunters, in March/April and May/June 2011. His book Paranormal Pop Culture: Notes from the Entertainment of the Unexplained was released in 2012.

Sagers began ParanormalPopCulture.com in 2009 to cover "all forms of paranormal popular culture in mass media - and to have fun while doing it" without "proving or debunking the existence of anything beyond the entertainment factor."[16] He takes credit for coining the phrase "paranormal pop culture" and has said in interviews he was motivated to create the site after writing multiple well-received articles[17] on paranormal television, but also because of his childhood fascination of ghost stories around the campfire, monsters, and zombies. His main goal is to examine the "cross section of mainstream pop culture and the paranormal."[18] He has interviewed a variety of celebrities on both paranormal and mainstream topics, including George R.R. Martin,[19] Simon Pegg,[20] Dan Aykroyd,[21] Clive Owen,[22] Matt Smith,[23] Kevin Smith, Rob Zombie,[24] Stan Lee, George A. Romero,[25] Robert Kirkman and Max Brooks,[26] the cast of Being Human,[27] Mike Mignola, and Bruce Campbell.[28] His work has been featured in Entertainment Weekly and The Hollywood Reporter.[29]

Host and moderator[edit]

Sagers (right) emceeing a panel discussion with Wil Wheaton at the 2013 Wizard World New York Experience in Manhattan

Sagers gives lectures on various topics connected to paranormal pop culture, zombies, Doctor Who and apocalypse at conventions such as San Diego Comic-Con, Wizard World, Dragon Con and New York Comic Con.

Sagers has appeared as a moderator or panelist alongside the casts of Firefly, Guardians of the Galaxy, Comic Book Men, and Star Trek: The Next Generation. At San Diego Comic-Con and New York Comic Con, he has hosted cast panels with the casts of productions such as Being Human, Syfy's Defiance, and Ascension. He has also conducted one-on-one panel conversations with media personalities such as David Tennant, David Boreanaz, Nathan Fillion, Stan Lee, Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Norman Reedus, Robert Rodriguez, Zachary Quinto.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sagers, Aaron (August 31, 2011). "Nerds and hipsters: The yin and yang of American subcultures". CNN.
  2. ^ Sagers, Aaron. "About ParanormalPopCulture.com: A little about us". Paranormal Pop Culture. Retrieved July 6, 2013.
  3. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (August 1, 2012). "Travel Channel Gets in the Halloween Spirit with 'Weekends to Die For'". TV By the Numbers.
  4. ^ Morning Call
  5. ^ Budget Travel
  6. ^ Budget Travel Archived March 27, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Chicago Tribune
  8. ^ Baltimore Sun
  9. ^ Orlando Weekly
  10. ^ Morning Call
  11. ^ Playboy.com
  12. ^ 'Run For Your Live'" CNN. April 7, 2012
  13. ^ ABC-CLIO
  14. ^ H.W. Wilson
  15. ^ TAPS ParaMagazine
  16. ^ ParanormalPopCulture.com
  17. ^ Providence Journal
  18. ^ Huth, Kelly (June 24, 2011). "Aaron Sagers, former Lehigh Valley writer, to appear on 'Paranormal Challenge' on Travel Channel". The Express-Times
  19. ^ Blastr.com, "George R.R. Martin The Fanboy"
  20. ^ [1]
  21. ^ PopMatters
  22. ^ CNN.com
  23. ^ [2]
  24. ^ Sagers, Aaron (June 1, 2010). "Rob Zombie: Heavy metal musician, film buff ... and superbeast?". ParanormalPopCulture.com.
  25. ^ Sagers, Aaron (August 1, 2010). "Master of the Dead: George A. Romero on a life directing slow zombies in a genre that won’t die". ParanormalPopCulture.com.
  26. ^ Sagers, Aaron (January 15, 2011). "Generation Z: Zombie superstars Kirkman and Brooks living up among the undead". ParanormalPopCulture.com.
  27. ^ Sagers, Aaron (April 8, 2011). "Syfy's 'Being Human' stars on striving for the normal within paranormal". ParanormalPopCulture.com
  28. ^ (dead link) Archived July 9, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.. The Sacramento Bee. Retrieved October 17, 2012.
  29. ^ [3]

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