Bryan Christy is an author and journalist. He is chief correspondent and founder of the Special Investigations Unit at National Geographic magazine and is a National Geographic Society Fellow. In 2014 he was named National Geographic Explorer of the Year, and his work on international wildlife trafficking has been cited as one of ten ways National Geographic has changed the world.


Christy is author of The Lizard King: the true crimes and passions of the world’s greatest reptile smugglers (TWELVE).  His non-fiction has appeared in National Geographic, Foreign Policy, Playboy and law journals.  His 2012 international ivory investigation was made into the award-winning National Geographic-PBS documentary Battle for the Elephants. His 2015 investigation is the subject of the 2015 Explorer series premiere, Warlords of Ivory airing on the National Geographic Channel, August 30, 2015.

He is a frequent public speaker on international crime, wildlife trade, and the power of storytelling.  His radio and TV appearances include CNN’s Amanpour, BBC, Al Jazeera America, CBS, Fox News, MSNBC, NPR Fresh Air w Terry Gross, Nightline, PBS NewsHour, Special Report w Bret Baier, The Diane Rehm Show, Kilmeade & Friends.

Christy began his professional career as a lawyer and CPA in Washington, DC where he worked on such topics as US-Japan supercomputer trade, Norwegian whaling, and the sale of lightwater nuclear reactors to North Korea.

His education includes Pennsylvania State University, Cornell University Graduate School, the University of Michigan Law School, and Tokyo University Law School (where he was a Fulbright Scholar).

Bryan Christy on PBS NewsHour