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 Life Network’s Tour de France studio show and did sideline reporting for Lance Armstrong's 5th, 6th and 7th Tour de France wins. She’s 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 -- and hosted "Appraise My Car" on Discovery HD.
As the host of the Travel Channel shows, “Cash and Treasures,”and "Treasure Hunter: Kirsten Gum," Kirsten takes viewers on an exciting journey as she treks to some of the most remote 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 treasure, she’s clearing her mind and re-energizing her body through yoga, biking, running, rock climbing, kayaking, camping and surfing. Kirsten’s competed in several adventure races, including Primal Quest, a 9-day multi-sport eco-friendly competition, and "Beast of the East," a 400-mile adventure race in Virginia during which she and her team raced for five days on just 10 hours of sleep and finished in second place.
At home in Santa Monica, California, Kirsten’s favorite pastime is curling up on the couch with her cats, a fresh plate of sushi and some green tea or 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.