Hunter Ellis

Hunter Ellis
Born (1968-07-05) July 5, 1968 (age 50)
ResidenceAustin, Texas, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Southern California
Television personality
TelevisionSurvivor: Marquesas

Hunter Ellis (born July 5, 1968, Alexandria, Virginia) is an American military veteran and television personality.[1]

A former naval aviator, he was first noted for his participation on Survivor before going on to host several television shows for the History Channel, including Tactical to Practical; Man, Moment, Machine; and Digging for the Truth, before hosting The CW reality show In Harm's Way. He is the current spokesperson for Atomic Beam [2]


Part of a family with a strong tradition in the United States Navy, Ellis is the grandson of Naval Aviator and Vice Admiral Donald D. Engen. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor's degree in political science, before entering the Navy as a commissioned officer and being designated as a Naval Aviator following completion of flight training. Ellis graduated first in his flight training class and, during his ten-year military service, he amassed 433 carrier landings and more than two thousand hours of flight time in the F/A-18 Hornet.[citation needed]

After resigning his commission, Ellis worked for a time as a pilot for FedEx Corporation.[1][3]

Personal life[]

Ellis is a member of the fraternity Alpha Tau Omega. He currently resides in Austin, Texas, with his wife and 2 children.[citation needed]


Ellis was a participant in the reality TV program Survivor: Marquesas, which was filmed in 2001 and aired in 2002. A member of the Maraamu tribe, Ellis was the third contestant voted off the show.[4][5][6]

Subsequently, Ellis became the host of several nationally televised programs. The first of these was Tactical to Practical[7] (also known as Tactical to Practical With Hunter Ellis), which aired on The History Channel as a program that took a historical look at the development of common consumer electronic products which originated as military research projects.[8][9] It lasted for three seasons, with 38 episodes airing in 2003-04.

In 2004, he began co-hosting 9 on the Town, a half-hour program airing five days a week on KCAL-TV (channel 9), an independent station in Los Angeles, California. In 2005, he began hosting another show on The History Channel, called Man, Moment, Machine.[8] Episodes of this show focus on the historical consequences of the momentary interaction between a particular individual and a specific technology.[1]

In 2007, Ellis became the host of Digging for the Truth,[10][8] and in 2008 became host of In Harm's Way.[11][12]

Ellis was a news anchor for KEYE-TV news in Austin, Texas from 2011 until he left in 2014 to focus full-time on documentaries.[13]


Awards & recognition[]

In 2003, Ellis received an Emmy nomination for hosting Countdown to Survivor: The Amazon for KCBS-TV,[14] and in 2006 he received a Los Angeles Emmy Award for hosting Hola! Survivor: Guatemala, also for KCBS.[15] In an article published on December 1, 2003, People magazine named him one of the 20 sexiest men on cable television.[16]


  1. ^ a b c "Hunter Ellis History Channel bio". History Channel. Archived from the original on February 8, 2010. Retrieved December 28, 2009.
  2. ^ "Atomic Beam Magic Ear Commercial". Youtube. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Hunter Ellis Survivor: Marquesas bio at CBS". CBS. Retrieved December 30, 2009.
  4. ^ Cosgrove-Mather, Bootie (March 14, 2002). "Heave-Ho For Hunky Hunter". CBS News. Retrieved December 30, 2009.
  5. ^ Shaw, Jessica (March 15, 2002). "Plane Awful". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 30, 2009.
  6. ^ "Hunter Ellis profile". Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  7. ^ Oei, Lily (May 6, 2003). "History net launching new fronts". Variety. Retrieved December 30, 2009.
  8. ^ a b c Dempsey, John (May 22, 2007). "History to do more 'Digging'". Variety. Retrieved December 30, 2009.
  9. ^ Sandell, Scott (September 13, 2003). "PUTTING MILITARY TECHNOLOGY TO CIVILIAN USE". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved December 28, 2009.
  10. ^ "Meet the New Host". History Channel. Archived from the original on April 29, 2009. Retrieved December 28, 2009.
  11. ^ Levine, Stuart (August 5, 2008). "Hunter Ellis to host 'In Harm's Way'". Variety. Retrieved December 29, 2009.
  12. ^ "Ex-'Survivor' castaway Hunter Ellis to host The CW's 'In Harm's Way'". Reality TV World. August 6, 2008. Retrieved December 28, 2009.
  13. ^ "Morning anchor Hunter Ellis leaves KEYE - TV & Radio". Retrieved 23 May 2017.
  14. ^ "56th ANNUAL LOS ANGELES AREA EMMY AWARDS". Google cache. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Archived from the original on July 19, 2006. Retrieved December 30, 2009.
  15. ^ "Winners of the 58th Annual Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards Announced". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. August 12, 2006. Retrieved December 30, 2009.
  16. ^ "Hunter Ellis: Fly Guy". People. December 1, 2003. Retrieved December 28, 2009.

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