Ashlan Gorse Cousteau
Veteran entertainment journalist and adventure seeker Ashlan Gorse Cousteau has traveled the world to interview today’s biggest celebrities and cover a broad range of events and experiences from diving with great white sharks to working with youth saving the environment.
Currently, Gorse Cousteau is producing a series of groundbreaking digital documentaries focusing on our natural world. The first expedition “Orcas: The Wild Truth” is taking viewers deep into the habitat of wild Orcas in the Pacific Northwest to further our knowledge of these awe-inspiring creatures. Ashlan recently joined husband Philippe Cousteau, Jr. as a team member of EarthEcho International’s expedition “Into the Dead Zone”, an innovative new initiative designed to bring science education alive for 21st century learners.
Ashlan is most known for her long tenure on E! Entertainment as a lead correspondent and fill-in anchor for the network’s top-rated and Emmy- nominated daily show, “E! News.” In this role, she covered everything from breaking news and celebrity exclusives to award shows and premieres for six years (2008-2013). Gorse Cousteau also was the lead anchor on “E! News Now”, reaching 2 million digital viewers a day.
Gorse Cousteau has extensive production experience, having served as a segment producer for “MSNBC” and worked 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 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, The TV Guide Network, and Fox News and was a frequent guest on shows like “The Today Show,” “The Insider,” “The Early Show,” and more. Ashlan has also created alignments with many corporate partners including Wella Hair Care, Murad Skin Care and OralB among others.
Gorse Cousteau’s endeavors go far beyond the small screen. She is a major supporter of animal welfare, the Starlight Children’s Foundation, hosted the Inspiration Awards benefitting Susan G. Komen, hosted the Fashion for Paws Event to raise money for the Washington Humane Society, and was the Grand Marshal of the K9K Pet Cancer Awareness Walk. She has also worked with the Environmental Media Association, actively supports the Humane Society, and has put her modeling skills to good use through walking in shows for The Race to Erase MS and the Susan G. Komen / Diane Von Furstenberg Fashion for a Cure Show.
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 and Philippe currently reside in Los Angeles.
Philippe Cousteau has established himself as a prominent leader in the environmental movement. An award-winning television host, producer, author, speaker, philanthropist and social entrepreneur Philippe is the son of Philippe Cousteau Sr. and grandson of Jacques Cousteau. His life-mission is to empower people to recognize their ability to change the world.
As a host and producer, Philippe’s work in media is broad and varies. He is a special correspondent for CNN International where he has hosted several award-winning shows including Going Green and Expedition Sumatra. He is also the host of a new syndicated series launching in the fall of 2014 called Amazing Planet. As an author, Philippe has co-written many books including Going Blue and Make a Splash both of which have won multiple awards including Learning Magazine’s 2011 Teachers’ Choice Award for the Family, a Gold Nautilus Award and a 2010 ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Gold Award.
Philippe is also a successful social entrepreneur who believes in the power of commerce to do good. In 2013 he founded Voyacy Group to combine his various enterprises under one roof. Voyacy has three divisions: Voyacy Communications which brings Philippe’s decade of communications experience to help corporations and NGO’s successfully implement their marketing and communications efforts; Voyacy Destinations which designs and operates eco-themed entertainment and eco-resort projects around the world; and Voyacy Productions through which he is currently developing several television projects. In addition to his work at Voyacy, Philippe is taking his market oriented approach to Wall Street and in 2012 he partnered with AdvisorShares Investments to launch the Global Echo Exchange Traded Fund on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:GIVE).
His Philanthropic efforts are focused on solving global social and environmental problems. In 2004 he founded EarthEcho International, a leading environmental education organization that is creating a whole new generation of environmental citizens; youth equipped with the knowledge to understand environmental challenges, the critical thinking skills to solve them, and the motivation to do so. In addition, Philippe founded the Global Echo Foundation, a sister organization to his investment fund which donates a percentage of the fund’s management fee to support projects around the world which support woman, environmental education and micro-enterprise. Most recently the foundation made a grant to support installment of solar panels at the Panzi Hospital in Eastern Congo, an award winning hospital focused on the treatment and empowerment of women as well as much needed maternity care for thousands of women and children each year.
Philippe serves on the Board of Directors of The Ocean Conservancy, the National Environmental Education Foundation and on the National Council of the World Wildlife Fund. Philippe has also testified to Congress on issues of ocean management and off-shore drilling. Philippe and his wife, fellow adventurer, Ashlan Gorse Cousteau reside in Los Angeles.