Heather van Blokland

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Heather van Blokland moved to Phoenix in March 2016 to join KJZZ as a host/producer, after working as an on-air host/producer at Oregon Public Broadcasting in Portland, covering middays, weekends and most everything in between. van Blokland previously worked as a Morning Edition host and reporter at Florida NPR affiliate WUFT-FM, covering business and agriculture beats. She was also the local producer and editor for StoryCorps’ story booth.

Like many in public media, van Blokland brings a diverse background to her daily duties. Her first career was in the private sector as a financial analyst manager in commercial and investment banking. She also used to teach canoeing and kayaking on the local rivers in North Central Florida. Her education includes a master’s in mass communication from the University of Florida, a bachelor’s in finance, marketing and multinational business from Florida State University, and a diploma in acting for film and television from Vancouver Film School in Vancouver, British Columbia. She wrote and produced a film, later submitted to the Vancouver International Film Festival.

In her free time, van Blokland enjoys exploring the outdoors, everything from a hike on South Mountain to Vancouver's Butchart Gardens to a ride through Swaziland’s Mkhaya Game Reserve. Her travels have included South Africa, Swaziland, western Canada, Australia, the British Isles, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay and summers on the outskirts of London. She is also a certified open-water diver, and still looking to apply that skill in Phoenix.

Half Southern and half English, van Blokland enjoys using phrases that surprise people. She does not enjoy steak and kidney pie or Monty Python. You can send your ardent disagreements with this statement to her directly at hvanblokland@kjzz.org.

Title Author(s) Publication Date
Study: Discrimination May Lead To Worse Sleep For African-Americans Heather van Blokland July 5, 2017
Secretary Reagan Responds to Trump Commission Request For Voter Data Heather van Blokland, Phil Latzman July 4, 2017
Food Addiction Main Culprit As Obesity Becomes A Public Health Crisis Heather van Blokland July 4, 2017
Metro Phoenix Real-Estate Attracts Warren Buffett Heather van Blokland July 3, 2017
Australian Company Uses Arizona Lab To Test Portable Battery Storage Heather van Blokland July 3, 2017
Facebook Drone Completes Successful Test Flight At Yuma Location Heather van Blokland July 1, 2017
Raytheon's New Contracts With The U.S. Navy Heather van Blokland June 30, 2017
Scottsdale-Based Company Launches New Payment App Heather van Blokland June 29, 2017
Home Buyers In Chandler And Gilbert Facing Low Supply Heather van Blokland June 28, 2017
Local HIV/AIDS Center Receives $1.7 Million CDC Grant Heather van Blokland June 23, 2017
Arizona Feedlot Named Part Of $1.8 Billion Asset Sale Heather van Blokland June 22, 2017
Florence Statement Supports Global Ban On Trioclosan, Triclocarban Heather van Blokland June 22, 2017
Theranos Reportedly Close To Settlement With Walgreens Heather van Blokland June 21, 2017
Amazon Impact On Arizona Food Prices Not As Great As Other Parts Of U.S. Heather van Blokland June 21, 2017
Telecom Giant Faces Class Action After Suit By Former AZ Employee Heather van Blokland June 19, 2017
Phoenix Rental Real Estate Growth Skews Affluent Heather van Blokland June 19, 2017
Scottsdale-Based Bottled Water Company Expands Heather van Blokland June 19, 2017
Trader Joe's Recalls Granola Products Over Listeria Concerns Heather van Blokland June 16, 2017
Boeing To Potentially Transfer Jobs To Mesa Heather van Blokland June 15, 2017
FDA Says No To Labels, For Now Heather van Blokland June 15, 2017
Casino Industry Lobbying To Repeal Ban On Sports Betting Heather van Blokland June 13, 2017
Maricopa County Ranks Among Top 10 In Nation For Employment Heather van Blokland June 13, 2017
Arizona Rep. McSally Reintroduces Bill To Ban Animal Testing For Cosmetics Heather van Blokland June 12, 2017
Railroad Giant To Spend $24 Million On Arizona Line Heather van Blokland June 9, 2017
UA Researchers Try New Ways To Combat Lettuce Wilting Disease Heather van Blokland June 7, 2017