After a 10-year acting career that included an appearance on HBO’s The Sopranos, Chris Bashinelli decided to follow his real passion and use media to build bridges between cultures. He now travels the world as the host of National Geographic’s Bridge the Gap where he experiences life in someone else’s shoes. Through one-of-a-kind stories of adventure and authentic moments of human connection, Bashinelli shows audiences how to “bridge the gap” between self and other, helping them recognize their shared humanity.
As the executive producer and host of Bridge the Gap on PBS and the National Geographic Channel, Bashinelli has taken millions of viewers on meaningful adventures around the world. He has harvested buffalo with Indigenous people in Pine Ridge, lived as a nomad in Mongolia, and sumo wrestled the heaviest Japanese human being in recorded history.
A celebrated speaker, Bashinelli has traveled the world for more than a decade sharing a message of empathy and understanding everywhere from TEDx to Fortune 500 Companies, from inside prison walls to the United Nations General Assembly Hall and Ivy League universities. At 24 years old, he became one of the youngest moderators in the history of the United Nations. Bashinelli has shared the stage with Stevie Wonder, the UN Secretary General, and his mentor, Dr. Jane Goodall.
Bashinelli is a National Geographic Explorer, a UN Moderator, an Eagle Scout, and has interviewed some of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People on the Planet”.