Come Back Alive - Founder
Robert Young Pelton, 60, is known for being in the right place at the wrong time in his career of documenting the world’s conflicts. As an author, filmmaker and journalist, Pelton has traveled through 125 countries to immerse himself in over three dozen wars. He is known for covering all sides, including living with jihadi groups, warlords, South African mercenaries, US Special Forces, contractors, rebel groups and shadowy paramilitary organizations. What emerges are multi platform events that began when he invented the “SoJo” concept for ABC News when they tracked Pelton’s deadly journeys around the globes.
He recently covered the ethnic slaughter in South Sudan to create a brutal documentary and be the first person to ever author an entire issue of VICE magazine. Pelton was in the siege of Grozny, the battle of Qala-I-Jangi in Afghanistan, the rebel campaign to take Monrovia, Liberia, with insurgents and troops during the war in Iraq and ran Baghdad’s RPG Alley every day for a month with Blackwater at the height of the insurgency. His career is not without penalties. He has survived an assassination attempt in Uganda, a plane crash in Borneo, a head on motorcycle crash in Peru and a kidnapping by death squads in Colombia.
Pelton is currently writing about his hunt for warlord Joseph Kony and the new scramble for Africa for St Martin’s press. He is a strategic consultant for the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) a charity that rescues refugees at sea in the Mediterranean and South East Asia. He has worked for Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, ABC Investigative Division, CBS 60 Minutes, CNN, Foreign Policy, Businessweek, VICE and many other major media networks.
Pelton’s books include; Licensed to Kill, Hired Guns in the War on Terror, The World's Most Dangerous Places (Harper Collins) now in its fifth edition. His other books include Come Back Alive, The Adventurist, Three World's Gone Mad, Raven and Roll Hard a graphic novel about his time in the Iraq war illustrated by Billy Tucci.
Despite four decades of constant exposure to the globe’s troubles, Pelton still retains his sense of humor and optimism, looking forward to showing people how to make the most of their short time on this planet.