ABOUT 

 MOLLY MCKINNEY 

Molly McKinney was born in Towson, Maryland on October 18, 1986.  

 

At the age of nine, McKinney began her on-camera career scuba diving with 50+ wild sharks on the children's environmental show, Aqua Kids.  From 1996 - 2014, she hosted the Emmy award-winning television series and worked with countless environmental organizations including NOAA, The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Sea Grant, the Make A Wish Foundation and more to educate viewers about becoming better environmental stewards and the importance of wildlife conservation.

In 2008, she graduated from the State University of New York; College at Fredonia, as a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society and holding a Magna Cum Laude Bachelor of Science.

Since 2012, she has been the host of NASA360, an Emmy award-winning television series produced by NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace

In 2015, she became host of the Southern travel series, The Southern Weekend, a Nationally syndicated TV show owned and distributed by Raycom Media.

Since 2010, she has also worked behind the camera as an Executive Producer for clients including LamborghiniLowe's Home ImprovementWD40, GNC, and more.

 WORK EXPERIENCE 

TELEVISION

NASA360   |   NASA   |   National Institute of Aerospace  |  2013 - Present  |   Host

* 4 Seasons​, 6 Episodes, 10+ Internet Segments

The Southern Weekend  |   Raycom Media   |   2015 - Present  |   Host

* 2 Broadcast Seasons, 50+ Internet Segments

Aqua Kids   |   Adventure Productions  |   1996 - 2014  |   Host & Executive Producer

*  6 Broadcast Seasons, 120+ Episodes & Internet Segments

AWARDS

Gold Daytime EMMY Award   |   NASA360   |   2013  |   Host

Gold TELLY Award   |   NASA360   |   2013  |   Host

Gold TELLY Award   |   Life on A Coral Reel   |   2010  |   Host & Exec. Producer

First Place   |   Public Speaking Competition   |   2008  |   Speaker

Bronze TELLY Award   |   Estuary Life   |   2007  |   Host & Assoc. Producer

Bronze TELLY Award   |   Urban Wetlands   |   2007  |   Host & Assoc. Producer

Bronze TELLY Award   |   North Bay Adventures   |   2006  |   Host & Assoc. Producer

 

Bronze TELLY Award   |   National Aquarium   |   2006  |   Host & Assoc. Producer

Bronze TELLY Award   |   Aqua Kids Pilot   |   2001  |   Co-Host

Bronze TELLY Award   |   Aqua Kids Pilot   |   2007  |   Co-Host

 

Gold Daytime EMMY Award   |   Aqua Kids Pilot   |   2007  |   Co-Host

 ANIMAL EXPERIENCE 

Sharks   |   Wild   |   Tiger, Bull, Lemon, Nurse, Caribbean Reef

Dolphins   |   Wild & Captive   |   Spotted, Bottle-Nose

Manatees   |   Wild & Captive   |   Florida

Rays  |  Wild  |  Southern, Spotted Eagle

Primates  |  Wild  |  Howler Monkeys, Squirrel Monkeys

Turtles  |  Wild & Captive  |  Green, Loggerhead, Hawksbill

Snakes  |  Wild & Captive  |  Various constrictors

Crocodiles  |  Captive  |  American Alligator, Caiman

Cats  |  Captive  |  Juvenille Tigers, Wild Jaguar Scat Research

Elephants  |  Captive  |  African

Giraffes  |  Captive  |  African

Marine  |  Wild & Captive  |  Urchins, Sea Horses, Sea Dragons, Various Fish

 Special Skills 

PADI Open Water Scuba Diver, 100+ dives

 

Conceal Carry Permit Holder

 

TSA Pre Check Holder

 

Teleprompter 

 

Rock Climber

 

Snowboarder