March 20, 2014 8:57am PT by Kimberly Nordyke
NBC News' Willie Geist to Host Discovery's 'Everest Jump Live'
Discovery Channel said Thursday that NBC News' Willie Geist will serve as host for Everest Jump Live, a two-hour event during which climber Joby Ogwyn will attempt the first wingsuit flight off the summit of Mount Everest.
Geist will be joined by The Weather Channel's Jim Cantore, who will serve as chief meteorologist and track Everest's unpredictable weather conditions, along with Chris Jacobs and Kyle Martino giving live updates.
For Everest Jump Live, Geist and Cantore will be based at a studio in New York designed specifically for the event, which Discovery said will incorporate the latest interactive technology and high-tech equipment. Jacobs and Martino will present live coverage from Everest.
Geist also gave the play-by-play account of Nik Wallenda's tightrope walk over the Grand Canyon during Discovery's live broadcast of the event last year.
Everest Jump Live will air live on the Discovery Channel in 224 countries and territories in May and is produced by NBC News' Peacock Productions.