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Production Bios

Pamela Roberts
Executive Producer

Pamela Roberts currently oversees "State of the Arts" as well as a multitude of documentaries. The arts are Roberts' first love - she studied at the Yale Graduate School of Music and taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music before entering television. In 2008 she won an Emmy for producing the "Best Arts and Entertainment" feature in the Southeast. While at GPB she has also served as executive producer for the public affairs program, "Georgia Week in Review," as well as the interview series featuring outstanding Georgians titled "Conversations." In 2005 she won a regional Emmy for a special about the dangers of methamphetamine.

As a documentary producer Roberts has written, produced and directed several award-winning television programs. Her latest project, "The Road Beyond Abuse," will be broadcast on GPB in April 2009. Narrated by Jane Fonda, the program tells the story of two young adults who overcame severe childhood abuse in surprising and dramatic ways.

Other documentaries by Pamela Roberts include "Defying the Odds," which aired on PBS in 2002 and was awarded the national CINE Golden Eagle as well as "Best of Television" by the Society of Professional Journalists. Four years in the making, this documentary examines the turbulent lives of five inner city youths who faced profound challenges during their high school years.

Roberts also won an Emmy Award in 1999 for her historical documentary "Andrew Low: A Savannah Story". Before coming to GPB she produced programs for Turner Broadcasting in the "Portrait of America" series. As an independent producer she produced and directed two shows which aired on national PBS: "Seeds of Survival," about a year in the life of a Nebraska farm family, and "The Land of Cool Sun," about a poor but enterprising Chicano community in southern Colorado. She has also directed segments for shows that aired nationally on NBC, including "Angels: The Mysterious Messengers" and "Ancient Prophecies".

Mitch Zastrow
Chief Videographer

Mitch Zastrow has over 25 years of experience in television production and has been on the Georgia Public Broadcasting staff for 23 years. Mitch is currently working as director of photography for State of the Arts. He was also director of photography on many other award-winning GPB documentaries, such as The Coastal Naturalist, Swampwise, Lost Atlanta, Sophisticated Ladies: Charleston and Savannah and Vanishing Georgia. He was also the chief videographer for six years on Georgia Outdoors. He has won five Southern Regional Emmy Awards in his television career, as well as a number of Telly, Gabby, Aurora, and Green Eyeshade awards for his excellence in television production.

Charlene Fisk

Charlene Fisk is the award-winning editor and videographer for State of the Arts. Her career in television includes multiple awards – most recently, a regional Emmy for her work on State of the Arts.

Charlene graduated with a degree in Mass Media Communications from Plattsburgh State University in New York and then studied film and media at the University of New South Wales in Australia. After graduating, she entered the PBS family at Mountain Lake PBS in New York. While working there Charlene also served for eight years as a Sergeant in the US Army Reserves and was deployed after 9/11 with the 10th Mountain Division.

In 2003 Charlene joined Georgia Public Broadcasting. She brought with her a diversity of experience in broadcasting, including a background in arts programming, which compliments the State of the Arts team. Although a Yankee, Charlene has quickly become a southerner and now calls Georgia home.

You can see Charlene’s work on several other Georgia Public Broadcasting programs such as Georgia Traveler, Georgia Outdoors, and Lawmakers. Charlene believes all television is educational. The question is: what is it teaching?

Jennifer Houston Wood
Associate Producer

Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in Telecommunications. Prior to coming to GPB, she was a production assistant in film. In 2004, she joined the GPB team as a production assistant. She soon became the Associate Producer for Original Productions at the station. She is an accomplished AP, with a variety of credits, including Georgia Weekly, Georgia's Business, State of the Arts, and Georgia Traveler.

Recently Wood has extended her skills to include producing, and you can find her work on both the Georgia Traveler and State of the Arts series. Wood brings to the station many talents, including DVD authoring, graphics, and internet design.

Carol Fisk
Guest Producer

Carol Fisk has been with Georgia Public Television since 1985 as a producer, writer, and reporter, and has been an Executive Producer since 1994. Fisk also works as a freelance writer and producer, specializing in environmental projects. Prior to joining GPB, Fisk worked for ten years with the BBC in news, arts, science, and educational production, based in the UK and Washington DC, after which she became the US correspondent and bureau chief for Good Morning, Britain! She holds a BS with Joint Honors in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Bristol, UK, and a Certificate of Education from Lady Spencer-Churchill College, Oxford, UK.

Ashlie Wilson
Guest Producer

Ashlie Wilson is a Senior Producer for Georgia Public Broadcasting. During her tenure at GPB, she has produced Lawmakers, Job Fair, the Georgia Reads Literacy Volunteer-a-Thon specials, and Monet at the High. She has written and produced This Old Movie Palace: Fixing the Fox, the Read to Succeed 2001 documentary, and Michelangelo at the High. She has co-produced The Fabulous Fox, the Georgia's Civil War documentary series, and Student Voices 2000. She has also been a segment producer for the Success Track business series. Programs that Ashlie has produced at GPB have won regional Emmy awards, awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Telly awards, Gabby awards, a History in the Media Award from the Georgia Historical Society, and awards from the Daughters of the American Revolution. She holds a BS in Communication from Kennesaw State University and is a native of Marietta.

Elaine Tillier
Guest Producer

Elaine Tillier has 27 years of experience in start-to-finish management and administration of multi-faceted projects. Her work has won ten Emmy nominations and won four Southeastern Emmy Awards, for Live Special Events (other than News), Public Service Announcement, and Interview and Discussion. Her work has won ten Telly awards, two Aurora Awards for Art/Culture Issues/Report/Documentary, and a Gabby for Best in Community Service.