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
Leaving (And Entering) Las Vegas Might Be Easier Heather van Blokland Jan. 3, 2017
Phoenix Company Acquires Canadian Virtual Reality Attraction Heather van Blokland Jan. 2, 2017
Scottsdale-Based Metals Company To Open Plant In China Heather van Blokland Jan. 2, 2017
Real Estate Database Ranks 2016 A Record Year Heather van Blokland Jan. 2, 2017
New Drilling Planned For Northern Arizona Uranium Mine Heather van Blokland Dec. 29, 2016
Arizona Top Relocation Destination Heather van Blokland Dec. 28, 2016
Christmas Cruisin': A Parade Of Lowrider Cars Gives Out Gifts Heather van Blokland Dec. 23, 2016
Family-Friendly Streaming Provider To Offer Added Filtering Heather van Blokland Dec. 21, 2016
Lower Mining Earnings Affect Personal Incomes In Key States Heather van Blokland Dec. 20, 2016
Regional Climate Change And The "Heat Island" Effect Heather van Blokland Dec. 20, 2016
Tucson Startup On Track To Build Rockets Heather van Blokland Dec. 16, 2016
Indonesian Mining Law Affects Freeport-McMoRan Copper Exports Heather van Blokland Dec. 15, 2016
Arizona's Poverty Rate Higher Than National Average Heather van Blokland Dec. 15, 2016
Raytheon Gains $101.9 Mil Contract, Will Do Work In Arizona Location Heather van Blokland Dec. 14, 2016
Phoenix Area Considered A 'Megaregion' Heather van Blokland Dec. 14, 2016
Mobile Mini Sells Part Of Fleet Heather van Blokland Dec. 14, 2016
Energy Project Approved For Desert Southwest Heather van Blokland Dec. 14, 2016
More Americans Choosing Print Books Over E-Books Heather van Blokland Dec. 13, 2016
University Of Arizona Soil Study Looks To Support Population Growth Heather van Blokland Dec. 9, 2016
Arizona 2nd Quarter GDP Growth Ranks 4th Nationwide Heather van Blokland Dec. 8, 2016
USDA Forecast For Cotton Higher Than Last 2 Years Heather van Blokland Dec. 8, 2016
Patient Ordered Lab Tests, Post-Theranos Heather van Blokland Dec. 8, 2016
Climate Change Expected To Hit Arizona At Higher Intensity Heather van Blokland Dec. 7, 2016
Federal Housing Authority Program Sells Distressed Loans To Investors Heather van Blokland Dec. 6, 2016
Phoenix Police Department Reassigns Almost 170 Officers To Patrol Heather van Blokland Dec. 6, 2016