Born to Explore With Richard Wiese Is Honored With Daytime Emmy® Nomination

  • by CCF Staff March 26, 2019


Westport, CT (March 26, 2019) The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) has honored Born to Explore with Richard Wiese with a nomination for the 46th Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards in the category of Outstanding Travel and Adventure Program.This is the series’ 14th Emmy® nomination since its premiere in 2011.

Born to Explore is produced in partnership with WGBH-Boston, PBS’ single largest producer of television and digital content and airs nationally on PBS stations. “In this series, adventurer and explorer Richard Wiese opens the door to other cultures and traditions,” said Laurie Donnelly, Executive Producer in Charge of Lifestyle Programming at WGBH. “Using his trademark style and humor and a natural curiosity, Richard makes going along for the ride truly memorable.”

Against a backdrop of stunning landscapes and extraordinary wildlife, Born to Explore journeys around the world to celebrate the diverse cultures and natural wonders of the planet.

In recent episodes, host Richard Wiese safaris in Sri Lanka in search of leopard, sloth bears and the largest gathering of wild Asian elephants; joins the last remaining pearl diver under the Arabian Sea in Qatar; discovers the coral reefs and marine life of the Cayman Islands; learns what’s being done to save the cheetah population in Namibia. The series is underwritten by Aggressor Adventures.

Born to Explore with Richard Wiese captivates audiences with a spirited take on adventure travel, then uses its platform to raise awareness for species in peril, like the cheetah. We are so pleased for Namibia: Land of the Cheetah to be included in this wonderful television series. We congratulate WGBH-Boston and our good friend Richard Wiese on this well-deserved nomination,” said Dr. Laurie Marker, Founder and Executive Director of Cheetah Conservation Fund.

“I have a deep passion for exploration,” comments Wiese, who is also President of The Explorers Club, which boasts astronaut Neil Armstrong and film director James Cameron among its members. “Every week, Born to Explore is an adventure. We hope to foster a better understanding of world cultures along with good stewardship of the earth.”

“We are so humbled by this nomination,” adds Executive Producer, Mercedes Velgot. “Our small production group loves telling a good story. Every week, we strive to create an authentic experience to inspire and entertain our viewers.”

Wiese and Velgot are both residents of Weston and have been friends for over two decades.

Born to Explore has earned 14 Daytime Emmy® nominations and has won two Daytime Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Single-Camera Cinematography and Outstanding Live Action Sound Mixing.

The Daytime Creative Arts Emmy® Awards gala will be held on May 3 in Los Angeles.

Photo caption: Dr. Laurie Marker, CCF’s Founder and Executive Director, with Born to Explore host Richard Wiese while filming Namibia: Land of the Cheetah.


About CCF
Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) is the global leader in the research and conservation of cheetahs. Founded in Namibia in 1990, CCF maintains a research programme studying the biology, ecology and genetics of the cheetah and operates the only fully-equipped genetics laboratory at an in-situ conservation site in Africa. CCF has created a set of integrated programmes based on this research that address threats to the cheetah and its entire ecosystem, including human populations. CCF operates from the principal that only by securing the future of the communities that live alongside the cheetah can you secure a future for the species.

About Richard Wiese
As an explorer and respected field scientist, Richard has traveled to all seven continents. He was the youngest President of the legendary Explorers Club and was re-elected to the position in 2018. Richard has tagged jaguars in the Yucatan jungles, led expeditions to the Northern Territory of Australia and was a member of the largest medical expedition ever conducted on Mt. Everest. He achieved the first ascent of an unclimbed mountain in Alaska, discovered 29 new life forms on Africa’s Mt. Kilimanjaro and cross-country skied to the North Pole. As a journalist, he has received numerous honors, including an Emmy Award, a Genesis Award, an Associated Press Folio Award, a Golden Halo Award and the 2012 Walter Cronkite Award for his contributions to journalism and exploration. He is also the author of Born to Explore: How To Be A Backyard Adventurer (Harper Collins 2009).

About WGBH
WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS television and digital content, including Frontline, Nova, American Experience, Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Arthur, Curious George and more than a dozen other primetime, lifestyle and children’s series. WGBH also is a major supplier of programming for public radio, and oversees Public Radio International (PRI). As a leader in educational multimedia for the classroom, WGBH supplies content to PBS LearningMedia, a national broadband service for teachers and students. WGBH also is a pioneer in technologies and services that make media accessible to those with hearing or visual impairments. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors. More info at

About Aggressor Adventures
Aggressor Adventures™ has mastered the art of adventure vacations for 35 years with innovation, personalized service, professional staff, premium accommodations and a commitment to adventure in a safe environment. Liveaboard dive ships in over 22 destinations worldwide, riverboat cruises and safari lodges. The uncompromising staff of Aggressor turns experiences into Adventures of a Lifetime® for guests.

Contact: Mercedes Velgot, Executive Producer
Phone: 203.209.1095

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