Zachary Alexander (Zak) Bagans (born on April 5, 1977) is the lead investigator and co-founder of the Ghost Adventures Crew organization, one of the largest worldwide network of professional paranormal investigators. Zak was born in Washington, D.C. and currently lives in Las Vegas, NV.
As a former skeptic, Zak says that his passion for investigating the paranormal resulted from a face-to-face encounter with the spirit of a suicidal woman in his apartment building in Trenton, MI, in 2002. He graduated from film school in MI.
Zak is known, and sometimes criticized for his aggressive and confrontational methods used during investigations; however, he maintains that he respects the afterlife and only provokes evil entities in order to elicit responses.
Zak has hosted and produced the “Ghost Adventures” series since the very beginning in 2008. In 2011, he hosted and produced the show “Paranormal Challenge” on the Travel Channel. Zak also narrated the Travel Channel special “Ultimate Travel: Legends of the Parks”, about paranormal activity in national parks.
Zak wrote a book with Kelly Crigger titled “Dark World: Into the Shadows with the Lead Investigator of the Ghost Adventures Crew”. The book debuted at number 18 on the New York Times Best Seller list on September 23, 2011. The book has sold over 30,000 copies worldwide.
2012 remains a busy year for Zak: he continues hosting and producing the “Ghost Adventures” Series (currently on Season 7 and Season 8 is currently in production); he launched his private clothes line called “DungeonWear” on Aug. 18; has been in two music collaborations, one within the new Lords of Acid album “Deep Chills” with a song called “Paranormal Energy” and the other with Praga Khan with the full length album entitled “NecroFusion”, released on October 23 – within the day, NecroFusion topped the Electronic Album Charts on iTunes; he is also the Executive Producer of a new show on the Travel Channel, “Paranormal Paparazzi”, which premiered on September 28.
Plans for 2013: Zak’s has other executive producing projects planned with the Travel Channel, but “Ghost Adventures” remains his priority. On July 15, 2013, Zak announced that he will be hosting an hour long Travel Channel special, ”Netherworld”, that will feature him exploring the mysteries, history and culture of the Paris Catacombs… Air Date SOON. A new line of DungeonWear will be available in the future. Official Site.