Veteran journalist and adventurer, Ashlan Gorse Cousteau, travels the world in search of stories that entertain and inspire. From diving with great white sharks off Mexico, searching for tigers in the jungles of Nepal and filming caribou migrations in the Arctic, Cousteau engages viewers through incredible storytelling and experiences.
Ashlan is the co-star of Travel Channel’s hit series, Caribbean Pirate Treasure. She along with her husband Philippe Cousteau dive into maritime mysteries, explore pirate history and investigate the lore of lost treasures. Ashlan’s documentary, Nuclear Sharks, for Discovery Channel’s Shark Week 2016 premiered as the #1 rated show across all cable programming. Traveling to the Marshall Islands, she led an expedition to film, tag and investigate the mystical grey reef sharks who survived against all odds in the fall out of one of the world’s largest nuclear testing grounds. Ashlan also joined the eccentric crew of the “Desiree” for season two of The Aquatic World of Philippe Cousteau, the highly successful adventure spoof, on CNN’s digital platform Great Big Story.
For over a decade, Ashlan has worked for top rated entertainment shows; at Entertainment Tonight as a special correspondent and for 7 years prior as a correspondent and fill-in anchor for E! News. She also was the lead anchor on E! News Now, reaching millions of digital viewers daily. As an entertainment journalist, she covers everything from breaking news and celebrity exclusives to award shows and premieres.
Cousteau’s endeavors go beyond television. In January of 2017, she traveled to Antarctica to be a headlining speaker at TedxScottBase where her talk, Laugh, Cry, Connect…How Entertainment Can Save Our Planet, was received with great praise. At the request of the United Nations, Ashlan served as host for the UN’s Convention on Migratory Species in Quito, Ecuador. She has presented at the Society of Environmental Journalists, DreamForce and SXSW Eco. Ashlan was selected by former Vice-President Al Gore to be the opening anchor for his internationally live broadcast of 24 Hours of Reality in 2015 and continues to be a leading voice for environmental issues on Capitol Hill.
Ashlan produced groundbreaking digital documentaries focusing on our natural world. The first expedition, Treasures of the Terai, follows Cousteau on an adventure around Nepal, searching for endangered Indian tigers and one-horned rhinos. She also joins husband Philippe Cousteau as a host and team leader of EarthEcho International Expeditions, an innovative initiative designed to bring science alive for 21st century learners.
Cousteau is currently a global ambassador for Aqua Lung and Hilton Hotel’s Curio Collection. Cousteau served as an ocean ambassador for La Mer Skin Care’s Blue Heart Campaign in 2016. Ashlan has also created alignments with other corporate partners including BMW, Murad Skin Care and Wella Hair Care.
In addition to her work in journalism and the environment, Ashlan holds a deep passion for animal welfare and children’s health. She a supporter for and hosted many events for Starlight Children’s Foundation, Susan G. Komen, the Humane Society and the Inspiration Awards. Ashlan currently sits on the Board of the Environmental Media Association.
As well as her work in front of the screen, Cousteau has extensive production experience, working as a segment producer for MSNBC and behind the scenes at broadcast giant NBC on high-profile shows including The Today Show, Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and Access Hollywood. Ashlan also served as the West Coast Editor at Large with Life & Style Weekly. Specializing in pop culture and celebrity news, she became one of the nation’s most sought after entertainment experts and on-air commentators. She regularly appeared on outlets such as NBC, CNN, CBS, MSNBC, and Fox News.
Ashlan earned a BA in Broadcast Journalism and a Minor in Music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s prestigious School of Journalism. Ashlan, her husband Philippe and their rescued Siberian Husky, Kenai Cousteau, reside in Los Angeles.