Phil Keoghan is the host and an executive producer of CBS’ multi-Emmy Award-winning reality series The Amazing Race and host of National Geographic Explorer… arguably the most traveled host on the planet.
He is currently the creator, show runner and host of Tough as Nails on CBS, the #1 New Unscripted Series on U.S. Broadcast during the Summer of 2020.
Born in New Zealand, Keoghan has experienced a life full of travel and adventure. After he started traveling around the world at the age of 2, he has been globetrotting ever since.
Surviving a near-death experience at the age of 19, Keoghan wrote a list of things to do before he died and created a BUCKiT Tick-it Before You Kick-it! philosophy which he turned into a best selling book called No Opportunity Wasted. He is now a regular motivational speaker at colleges and Fortune 500 companies around the world.
Visiting more than 100 countries, Phil has been sharing his stories in front of a TV camera for over 30 years. His adventures include riding his bicycle from LA to New York; having a five-star meal on top of an erupting volcano of Stromboli; breaking an unofficial world record bungy jump; putting a golf ball across Scotland; changing a light bulb on top of the Verrazano Bridge; diving the world’s longest underwater caves and swimming from Asia to Europe across the Bosporus.
Keoghan’s most daring challenge to date involved retracing the exact route of 1928 Tour de France, riding an original heavy steel vintage bicycle that had no gears. Riding an average of 150 miles a day for 26 days he shot an award winning documentary with his wife and producing partner Louise, called Le Ride to tell the forgotten ‘underdog’ story about the first English speaking team to take on the toughest sporting event on earth. Le Ride screened at SXSW and was selected as Opening Night and Festival Favorite Film at a number of festivals around the world.
As a philanthropist Keoghan has raised over 1 million dollars for his favorite charity (MS) and was in the world’s top 200 Most Influential Philanthropists and Social Entrepreneurs in 2017.
Keoghan’s work has earned him numerous awards including: ten prime-time Emmy Awards as a producer and host of the hit CBS series The Amazing Race; Best Director Award at the 2017 American International Sports Hall of Fame; a World Class New Zealand Award; The Dorothy Corwin Spirit of Life Award for services to MS; a 2012 Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award and the Endurance Live, Celebrity Athlete of the Year in 2013. Keoghan was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2014 for his services to television and tourism.
Phil lives in Los Angeles with his wife and producing partner, and their daughter.