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Meet the team

Find out more about the fantastic cast of presenters who will be working on Wild Alaska Live.

Steve Backshall

Specialist skills:

Steve is our action man. He’s spent more time tracking down wildlife and uncovering wild places than almost any naturalist. He’ll take us where few can follow to reveal the mechanics of this epic event and search for some of the top predators getting in on the feast.

Background:

Steve’s work has taken him all over the world, getting up close and personal to an extraordinary range of animals. He is well known for the hit series Deadly 60, Lost Land Expeditions and Nature’s Greatest Dancers, not to mention his recent appearance on Strictly Come Dancing, not to mention another epic live spectacle Big Blue Live.

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Steve is a keen endurance runner, kayaker and holds a black belt in martial arts.

You can follow Steve on Twitter and Facebook

Matt Baker

Specialist skills:

Matt has always been a man of the countryside having been brought up up in the Durham Dales surrounded by animals. As one of the best-loved and versatile British radio and television presenters, he will be bringing you the latest news and updates from around Tongass National Forest and across Alaska.

Background:

Since growing up on a sheep farm, Matt has fronted countless animal programmes and spent seven and half years presenting Blue Peter. He is now best known for hosting The One Show and Countryfile and has won several awards including two BAFTAs. Matt was also runner-up on Strictly Come Dancing back in 2010. He was also part of the BAFTA award-winning Big Blue Live.

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As a boy, Matt was a British gymnastic and sports acrobatics champion. He has also won a hang-gliding world record.

Liz Bonnin

Specialist skills:

Liz is a renowned science broadcaster. She’ll be live from one of the most remote wildernesses in the world, Katmai National Park, hundreds of miles from the nearest road. She’ll be following the fortunes of some of the biggest grizzlies in Alaska, and the elusive grey wolves that share their patch.

Background:

Liz is a biochemistry graduate and in 2008 she completed a Masters in ‘Wild Animal Biology and Conservation’ with the Zoological Society of London and Royal Veterinary College. One of her main interests during her studies was animal behaviour and she has since presented a wide range of programmes including BBC's Bang Goes the Theory, Operation Snow Tiger and Super Smart Animals as well as Big Blue Live.

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While studying for her MSc she investigated the diet of tigers – which involved studying lots of scats… or tiger poo!

You can follow Liz on Twitter