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Producer/Director, National Geographic Studios

J.J. Kelley is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker and explorer focusing on issues of conservation and wildlife crime. A producer and director of photography at National Geographic Studios, Kelley’s work has appeared on the National Geographic Channel, NOVA, Outside Television and PBS and in the New York Times. Some of his shows include “The President’s Photographer,” “Bones of Turkana,” and “Battle for the Elephants”.

Kelley is also the co-creator of the adventure production company Dudes on Media. His award-winning feature documentaries have aired on NBC Universal Sports, PBS, Outside Television and 35 international television networks, in addition to winning over 20 film festival awards. Paddler Magazine called his Emmy-nominated film, “Paddle to Seattle,” “the best feature film about paddling produced in the past decade.”

Kelley is an Appalachian Trail Thru-hiker and has biked across Alaska, paddled from Alaska to Seattle in a homemade kayak and journeyed the full length of India’s Ganges River. He regularly stops in the radio studios as a guest on National Geographic Weekend and recently starred in a television commercial for Nature Valley.