THE HOST & WRITER

 


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Christine van Blokland is a 3-Time National Daytime Emmy Nominee & Regional Emmy Award-Winning Travel, Arts & Entertainment Journalist. She’s the Creator, Host, Writer & Executive Producer of the educational travel series Curious Traveler, broadcast nationwide on PBS, and internationally through American Public Television Worldwide.
Christine caught the travel bug early on.  Born in Scotland, she’s traveled from Africa to Austria to Aruba to Alaska. Yet can never catch any Zzzzs on those flights.

Travel Highlight: Celebrating Bastille Day atop the Eiffel Tower.

Travel Lowlight: She lived in Swaziland, Africa for a summer, and in her pre-vegetarian days, partook in warthog stew at Kruger National Park. She doesn’t recommend it.

Christine is also a Contributor for USAToday Travel, Adventures by Disney, TravelSmith and she’s Travel Expert on HSN. For 20 years, you’ve seen her work 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. 

In addition to travel, 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 Anniversary of Apollo FullSizeRender-311. It was 55 pounds and delicious.

Christine also likes to hang out on the red carpet. Any red carpet will do. Her list of celebrity interviews include: George Clooney, Matthew McConaughey, Julie Andrews,  Taylor Swift,  Jane Lynch, Simon Cowell, Mrs. Costanza, 4 of the 5 N’Syncers, Michael Phelps, Phyllis Diller, Carl Reiner and Andrea Bocelli. But her all-time favorite interview is Kermit the Frog. 

FullSizeRender-2Christine 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 was 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 3-minute film, consisting of 1000s of individual, hand-drawn frames. Her hand was very tired.  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. One at a time is goofy enough.

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.