Christine van BloklandChristine van Blokland is an Emmy- and National Telly Award-winning travel, arts and entertainment journalist with more than 15 years experience. She’s the creator, host, writer & executive producer of the educational travel series, Curious Traveler.
Her TV travel adventures have covered the gamut: From climbing inside Grand Central Terminal’s iconic Tiffany clock, 13 stories above NYC (where she looked out a secret window, and attempted to hail a cab) – to mushing with the dogs of the Iditarod atop Alaska’s Mendenhall Glacier (it was cold) – to hang-gliding over a Florida beach, while delivering a live TV report – to interviewing everyone’s favorite curmudgeon, Simon Cowell, at an American Idol finale in Hollywood. The Simon segment was the most grueling by far.
In addition to travel series, Christine has covered The Oscars, The Grammys, International Film Festivals and the creation of the Guinness World Record’s Largest Moon Pie for the 40th FullSizeRender-3Anniversary of Apollo 11.
Christine started her TV career in Chicago, on Chicago Tribune’s CLTV & WGN-Radio, where she created and hosted the Emmy Award-Winning entertainment show, Chicago Tribune Metromix. She then moved on to network affiliate stations in Miami, Atlanta, Orlando & Palm Springs as a feature reporter, travel writer, producer and host. She’s been featured in the top TV markets across the country on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, Fox News Channel, PBS, MyNetwork TV, Tribune Broadcasting, and Cox Video on Demand.
She currently hosts, writes & produces for four travel series: the National Daytime Emmy-nominated Curious Traveler, on public television, the National Telly-winning Let’s Go! series on Cox Video on Demand; the Southeast Emmy-winning Georgia Traveler on Georgia Public Broadcasting, and the Southeast Emmy-Nominated Let’s Go! Georgia series for NBC-Atlanta.
Christine holds a degree in Broadcast Journalism, with concentrations in Fine Arts and Religion from the University of Florida. There, she was named as a National Finalist in the prestigious William Randolph Hearst Foundation’s Journalism Awards Championship. She began her career at PBS and NPR, where she served as the news anchor for her college stations, WUFT-TV and WUFT-FM.
Christine is also an artist. She studied Classical Animation at Vancouver Film School, in British Columbia, Canada, where she produced a three-minute film, consisting of thousands of individual, hand-drawn frames.
Speaking of tired, Christine is also a lifelong athlete and health nut. She’s proud to have run two Disney Marathons. (No, not back-to-back.)
Christine brings her passion for the arts, quirky characters, storytelling, lifelong learning, and of course, travel, to her pieces. Although she will never learn how to pack light.