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Speaker: Kirsten Gum

Kirsten Gum

2010

A vibrant on-screen presence, an irresistible charm and a love of travel and outdoor adventure have made Kirsten Gum one of the most exciting personalities to watch on television today.  Her career path spans 6 continents and has taken her everywhere from the French Alps to the African desert to below the surface of the Pacific Ocean.

Born in Alaska, Kirsten grew up in the town of Okanogan, Washington.  After graduating from the University of Washington, Kirsten launched her broadcasting career as a news reporter in Jefferson City, Missouri, where she paid her dues as a one woman band—shooting, reporting, writing and editing her own stories. She continued to hone her on-camera skills as a reporter and anchor in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Charlotte, North Carolina, where she was twice voted the sexiest woman in Charlotte.

Kirsten’s girl-next-door looks and bubbly personality led her to the world of sports broadcasting.  She hosted the Fox Sports Net show, “Totally NASCAR,” ESPN’s “Outdoor Block” and Outdoor Living Network’s Tour de France studio show.  She’s also covered world-class events such as the PBR World Championships, World Cup Skiing and the grueling three-week off-road race through Africa — the Dakar Rally.

As the current host of the Travel Channel show, “Treasure Hunter” , Kirsten takes viewers on an exciting journey as she treks to some of the remotest areas on Earth to hunt for jewels, fossils and valuable relics.  A typical day’s work involves climbing deep into a mine digging for gemstones, unearthing an abandoned outhouse in search of bottles, panning for gold in the Alaskan wilderness or scuba-diving for jade and lobsters.

For Kirsten, the secret to a healthy lifestyle is keeping active and being in tune with her own spirituality.  When she’s not on the road hunting for adventure, she’s clearing her mind and re-energizing her body through yoga, biking, running, rock climbing, kayaking, camping and surfing.  In July 2006, she completed “Primal Quest”, a 500 mile adventure race in Utah and the surrounding mountains. It took she and her team 9 straight days of moving to make it to the finish line.. on less than 20 hours of sleep. In October 2005, her team fought their way to a 2nd place finish in  the “Beast of the East,” a 400-mile adventure race in Virginia.

At home in Los Angeles, Kirsten’s favorite pastime is curling up on the couch with her cats, a fresh plate of raw foods and some red wine.

On Kirsten’s current to do list: cover the Olympics, become fluent in Spanish and French, visit Antarctica, climb Mt. Rainier and continue to encourage others to protect the environment by living a green, sustainable life.

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