The History Channel renewed Digging for the Truthfor a fourth season, and the network is bringing in two new hosts.
Former Navy fighter PilotHunter Ellis and adventurerZay Harding will circle the globe in search of answers to some of civilization’s most enigmatic mysteries. Joining them on various fact-finding missions will be newseries regulars archaeologistKara Cooney and military and diving expertCharles Ingram.
The new season will launch in the third quarter with a two-hour special on pirates of the Mediterranean featuring all four team members on this exclusive Digging for the Truth expedition.
“Moving forward with multiple hosts adds greater flexibility to the shooting schedule, allowing us to expand the number of episodes next season from 13 to 20,” Nancy Dubuc, History’s executive vice president and general manager, said in a prepared statement.
“Leveraging the hosts’ unique talents and showcasing their distinctive personalities and expertise on each adventure will help to forge an even greater connection with the existing and new Digging for the Truth fan,” she added.
Ellis, host of History series Man, Moment, Machine and Tactical to Practical, is a former Navy fighter pilot with more than 10 years of military service. He completed two Middle East deployments in support of Operations Southern Watch and Desert Strike and accumulated more than 2,000 flight hours and 433 carrier landings. After completion of his service, Ellis became a pilot for FedEx. In 2006, he won an Emmy Award for his work with KCBS/KCAL in Los Angeles.
Harding, a native of Hawaii, grew up on Kauai and was instilled with an enormous respect for culture and huge sense of adventure. His passions eventually led him to popular British travel seriesGlobe Trekker, where he served as the host who took part in the most physically demanding expeditions.
Cooney is an Egyptian art and archaeology expert. She earned her doctorate in Near Eastern Studies from Johns Hopkins University. She has been part of major archaeological excavations in Egypt at the royal temple site of Dahshur, elite Theban tombs and the craftsmen’s village of Deir el Medina. Kara has taught at Stanford University, UCLA, Howard University and Johns Hopkins.
Ingram is a former Force Recon Marine combatant diver highly trained in anti-terrorism and hostage rescue who also cross-trained with Navy Seals, Army Delta Force and other commando units. He was a member of the San Mateo Sheriff Department's diver/cliff rescue team and is now a member of the Los Angeles Sheriff Department's marine company dive team.