Adam Cole is a documentary filmmaker and journalist whose career has spanned over two decades. He is best known for his work on National Geographic’s “Explorer” series, which he has produced, directed and reported for since 2001.
Adam was born in California and raised in San Francisco. He attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned a degree in Rhetoric. After college, he moved to New York City, where he worked as a freelance journalist and produced a series of documentaries for the Discovery Channel.
In 1994, Adam returned to California and began working as a field producer for a PBS affiliate in Los Angeles. He continued to pursue his passion for documentary filmmaking, producing and directing several independent films that focused on topics such as AIDS, homelessness, and the death penalty.
In 2001, Adam began producing and directing episodes of National Geographic’s “Explorer” series. He has since produced and directed over 50 episodes of the series, which has taken him to some of the most remote locations in the world. His films have won multiple awards, including a National Emmy for his work on “Explorer: Into the Lost Pyramids of Sudan.”
In addition to his work on “Explorer,” Adam has also directed and produced documentaries for HBO, PBS and the BBC. His films have explored a wide range of topics, from the history of the American West to the struggles of small-town communities in the Midwest.
Adam has also served as a professor of media and journalism at the University of Southern California. He is currently a professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, where he teaches courses on documentary filmmaking and digital media.
Adam’s films have been shown at festivals around the world, including the Sundance Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, and the Tribeca Film Festival. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and has been nominated for several Emmy Awards.
Adam continues to travel the world, producing and directing films that explore the human experience. His work is seen as a testament to his commitment to storytelling and his passion for uncovering the truth.