Josh Gates

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Joshua Gates
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Gates on location in Cambodia. 2013
Born (1977-08-10) August 10, 1977 (age 38)
Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, United States
Alma mater Tufts University
Occupation Explorer, Television Presenter, Television Producer, of Destination Truth
Spouse(s) Hallie Gnatovich
(m. 2014)

Joshua Gates (born August 10, 1977) is an American explorer, television presenter, television producer, and author. He was the host and co-executive producer of Destination Truth on Syfy, (formerly the Sci Fi Channel), a weekly one-hour show filmed in remote locations around the world that explores some of the world's mysteries and unexplained phenomena. Gates was born in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, where he was the president of his high school class, and currently resides in Los Angeles, California. He has degrees in archaeology and drama from Tufts University,[citation needed] where he graduated with honors in 1999. Gates is currently the host of his treasure hunting television series Expedition Unknown on the Travel Channel.


In addition to being a qualified SCUBA diver,[1] Gates has also summited Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa[1] and climbed Mt. Aconcagua in the Argentine Andes.[citation needed] From 1996 to 1998, Gates participated in The University of Maryland's archaeological excavations of Caesarea Maritima in Israel. Part of a small SCUBA team, Gates worked with researchers to excavate and better understand the ancient city's submerged harbor complex. In addition to his field work, Gates has traveled to over 94 countries (Destination Truth Episode, 4-5-11) around the world and was recently inducted into The Explorers Club, an organization dedicated to the advancement of exploration since 1904.[2]

Syfy / Destination Truth[edit]

Starting in 2007, Gates has been the host of Destination Truth on the Syfy channel. The series has entered its fourth season in 2010. The series premiered its second season with its best-ever telecast, delivering 1.7 million total viewers and making the show the highest-rated second season performance by a reality series on Syfy. Gates has appeared on numerous television programs to promote Destination Truth, including an interview on The Today Show.[2]

On April 21, 2008, Josh Gates traveled to Walt Disney World in Florida to meet with Joe Rohde, Executive Designer of Walt Disney Imagineering. Gates presented Rohde with a cast of the "Yeti" footprint. The cast will soon be placed on display at Expedition Everest, a Himalayan-themed, high-speed, coaster-like attraction where guests come face-to-face with a Yeti.[3]

In 2007, Gates hosted Ghost Hunters Live Halloween special, and in 2008 he made a guest-appearance on the mid-first season finale episode of Ghost Hunters International.[4]

Gates returned as the host of Ghost Hunters Live in 2008, where he helmed the live seven hour broadcast from Ft. Delaware, a civil war POW camp in Delaware Bay. Both seasons have garnered high ratings and 2008's show made Syfy the #1 cable network in prime-time on Halloween night.[2] He has also hosted two round-table interviews with Ghost Hunters in 2007 and 2008, and appeared in an episode of Ghost Hunters in which the cast investigated the Essex County Penitentiary.[2] Gates also hosted Ghost Hunters Live 100th episode special from the stage of Saturday Night Live in 30 Rockefeller Center, where the TAPS team investigated Alcatraz Prison.

He has also appeared in the show Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files in 2011.

Gates is the creator, executive producer, and narrator of Stranded, a paranormal reality television series that premiered on the SyFy channel February 27, 2013. Gates produced the show in cooperation with Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions, best known for the Paranormal Activity film franchise.[5]

Other Television[edit]

Since relocating to Los Angeles, Gates has appeared in a number of television advertisements. He appeared in a national commercial for BMW as part of a campaign launched by Publicis New York and BMW USA. Gates has also appeared in commercials for EA Sports video games and Stanley Tools.[6]

In 2002, Josh Gates was a contestant on Beg, Borrow & Deal, a reality/game show on ESPN.[episode needed]

In 2006, he starred in Truly Famous, a series sponsored by Budweiser.[7]

Gates also works as a voice-over artist and can be heard as the narrator of Time Warner's audio-book of A Brother's Journey, a memoir by Richard B. Pelzer. Gates' narration was awarded the Earphones Award by Audiofile Magazine which celebrates exceptional audio presentations that excel in narrative voice and style, vocal characterizations, appropriateness for the audio format and enhancement of the text.

On April 2, 2014, it was announced that Travel Channel will collaborate with Gates with a brand new show called Expedition Unknown following a similar format to Destination Truth.[8] The series premiered on January 8,2015 with an investigation into the disappearance of Amelia Earhart.[9]


Gates' first book, Destination Truth: Memoirs of a Monster Hunter, was published by Simon and Schuster / Gallery Books in 2011. The book follows Gates from the inception of his show to his hair-raising encounters with dangerous creatures in the most treacherous locations on earth.

Personal life[edit]

Gates married Destination Truth co-star Hallie Gnatovich on September 13, 2014.[10] [11]


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