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About The Team

David Zelski

David Zelski is a native Georgian with over fourteen years in the television business. He began his TV career in New York City with MTV Networks (Viacom) in 1997. Then in January 2000, after spending one year with the post-production house, Magick Latern, David was hired by Georgia’s PBS station, Georgia Public Broadcasting. There he began work on a variety of programs, including Lawmakers, Georgia Business Report, Georgia Week in Review and Prep Sports Plus. His reports have aired nationally, and he has garnered several awards including two Emmy awards and over ten Emmy nominations.

Zelski is currently the Executive Producer, Segment Editor and Co-host of Georgia Traveler. David is also a Co-Creator of Georgia Traveler and has been on the team since the very first show. Zelski holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with a minor in Broadcasting and Cinema Studies.

Phil Proctor

Phil Proctor began his 30-year television career in the early 80’s after graduating from the University of South Carolina where he was an offensive lineman for his beloved Gamecocks. His broadcasting accomplishments have earned him multiple accolades including an Emmy Award, a Telly Award, and a Green Eyeshade Award.

He began his career at Turner Broadcasting working for CNN, Headline News, Turner Sports, World Championship Wrestling, and Turner On-Air Operations; shooting, editing and producing news and sports programs. Phil moved in front of the camera when he became a host of GPB’s weekly series, Georgia Traveler. Phil also serves as president of his production company, P&P Interactive Communications, Inc.

Christine van Blokland

Christine is an Emmy Award-Winning and National Telly Award-Winning Travel, Arts & Entertainment Journalist, with more than 15 years of experience. She’s worked in Chicago, Atlanta, Miami, Orlando and Palm Springs, and currently has a travel series on Video on Demand. Christine won an Emmy in 2010 for On-Camera Talent. In 2012, she received two Emmy Nominations: Specialty Assignment Reporting and On-Camera Talent. In 2013: an Emmy Nomination for On-Camera Talent, and a National Telly Winner Award as producer, writer and host for the “Let’s Go! Alaska” Travel Series.

Christine holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism, with a focus in Broadcast News, and Minors in Fine Arts & Religion, from The University of Florida. Her senior year, she was honored as a National Finalist in the prestigious William Randolph Hearst Journalism Championship. She also won UF's Jon Quattlebaum Award for the Outstanding News Student of the Year. While still in college, Christine began her TV career at PBS -- as News Anchor of WUFT-TV. Christine is also an artist, and holds a Certificate of Excellence from Vancouver Film School, where she produced, directed, and hand-drew thousands of drawings for her animated film short. Christine is thrilled to be a Georgia Traveler, and 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.

Ashley Mengwasser

Ashley Mengwasser is a Buford native turned Atlanta urbanite with a passion for people and communicating through story. Graduating Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude with a degree in English Literature from Agnes Scott College in 2009, Ashley launched her broadcasting career as Producer for Studio and Field Productions at Georgia Public Broadcasting. Along the way, the roles “Writer/Host” became an integral part of her media identity. Ashley is now a familiar talent during GPB television fundraising campaigns, a highlight being her assignment as co-host for the 2012 national PBS special “We Walk the Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash.”

A long-time cheerleader, Ashley contributes her knowledge of the sport to GPB’s annual coverage of the GHSA State Cheerleading Championships in Columbus, Georgia.Independent of GPB Original Productions, Ashley also serves as on-camera talent for GPB client productions, most recently as co-host of the Georgia Division of Aging Services’ live awareness program “Elder Abuse: Hiding in Plain Sight.

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