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May 8, 2018

Kellee Edwards's Story Is a Trip

In just a few years, Kellee Edwards went from working as a bank teller to hosting the Travel Channel show Mysterious Islands. (Photo: Adam Kostylo)
In just a few years, Kellee Edwards went from working as a bank teller to hosting the Travel Channel show Mysterious Islands.

Kellee Edwards had a dream of getting her own show on the Travel Channel. She also had a plan. As a black woman trying to break into the overwhelmingly white and male world of adventure television, she figured she would have to be overqualified to get noticed. So she got certified as a scuba diver, learned to pilot her own aircraft, and traveled solo to remote corners of the planet. In just a few years she went from working as a bank teller to hosting the Travel Channel show Mysterious Islands. Outside contributor Stephanie Joyce wanted to know: What’s that trip been like?

This episode incorrectly states that Kellee Edwards pitched her show, Mysterious Islands, to the Travel Channel. In fact, the production company Departure Films pitched the project. 

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